Having first read Marjorie J Thompson’s Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life several years ago as part of a professional and personal development course for clergy I was interested in reading the new revised version of the book. I found the first edition to be inspirational and informational as to incorporating the key Christian disciplines (meditation, fasting, worship, etc) into one’s daily life. I have found the newly revised edition to be just as inspirational and informational.
Soul Feast is a very readable and “non-technical” introduction to the Christian spiritual disciplines. Thompson approaches the disciplines not as something that is only reserved for the spiritual elite such as clergy but for the student, the soccer mom, the truck driving dad, and the busy grandparent. Over the course of 8 chapters, Thompson explains the basic Christian disciplines which are book ended by a wonderful opening chapter about the current “spiritual yearnings” of the culture and a concluding chapter about the development of a personal “Rule of Life” that enables a person to tie them all together.
There are helpful questions throughout each chapter and at chapter’s end for discussion (there is also a group discussion guide at the end of the book) as well as a helpful bibliography for further reading on each subject. As each discipline is introduced there are also suggested ideas and exercises for practicing each discipline.
I thoroughly enjoyed this newly revised edition of Soul Feast (Westminster John Knox Press) and there are several passages that I underlined in my Kindle that are worth tweeting! It is a helpful introduction to the practice of key Christian spiritual disciplines that is worth reading again and again.
I rate this book an ‘outstanding’ read.
Note: I received a galley copy of this book from Westminster John Knox Press via Net Galley in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.