Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Seeking Spiritual Intimacy: Book Review
Author: Glenn E. Myers
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Recommendation: I would encourage anyone who is curious about Church History to pick up this book and see how it impacts you life.
Overview: Seeking Spiritual Intimacy is about the Beguine women who lived during the twelfth and thirteen century. Myers takes the time to lay out the lifestyle, spiritual development, life commitments and impact these women had on modern day spiritual formations. He is so creative and takes pretty much the second part of each chapter to share how the lifestyle of these women can be implemented into our modern culture. Myers is actively encouraging the reader to not just understand historical content but to live out those principles in their daily life.
Seeking Spiritual Intimacy could be the best book I have read all read for spiritual development this year. Myers is actually my professor for the class so it was a bit intimidating reading his book (and having to write a ten page review on it). As someone who considers himself a monk in training I loved reading about the spiritual disciplines that these women actively lived out in their lives. The book brings Church History into a new perspective and sheds light on a time group of people who are not frequently written about.
I think I am able to write about this book in this manner after spending a week with Dr. Myers. He is a kind, compassionate, man who is all about training up the next generation of spiritual leaders. He is actively living out what he writes in this book and more importantly he cares about helping young leaders impact the world for Christ.