I recently finished a “30-Day Experience,” with the book Apprenticeship with Jesus: Learning to Live Like the Master by Gary W. Moon. I shared the experience and journey along with five other people as a joint exercise during the season of Lent.
Let me start by saying that I will probably revisit and “re”-journey through this 30-Day experience over and over and over. It’s that good. Not only is Dr. Moon’s writing style friendly, welcoming, and down-to-earth, his ability to engage the reader-apprentice in the deep workings of spiritual formation is an absolute gift. The Christian journey, at its most primal level, is about reentering real and intimate relationship with God…following Jesus is the path of that relationship and life of that journey. Gary Moon invites the apprentice to join this experiment in a very friendly and un-intimidating manner. The beautiful thing about this approach, and it is given credence through the testimony and witness of at least a couple of the people I “apprenticed” with, is that the initiate apprentice has no barriers or preconceptions about the 30-Day experience. It is truly a “nothing to lose and everything to gain” proposition.
“The whole purpose for which we exist is to be thus taken into the life of God. Wrong ideas about what that life is will make it harder.” ~~C.S. Lewis
The exercises are not cumbersome or demanding and the folksy stories and humorous anecdotes Gary weaves into each day make the book a joy to read as day-by-day new habits develop that help us draw nearer to Jesus.
“God has created us for intimate friendship with himself—both now and forever.” ~~Dallas Willard
The book is in introduction to methods, purpose, and practice of the spiritual disciplines…in manageable portions; anyone can do it. Anyone. If you are hungry for a deeper and more intimate fellowship with Jesus and don’t know where to start, this is a most excellent place to begin. Also, it can be done alone, but I think a person would get much more out of it they were doing it with one or two other people, then meeting together at least weekly to share experiences and pray together.