Book Review: Sacred Chaos
Author: Tricia McCary Rhodes
Publisher: InterVarsity Press ISBN: 9780830835126
I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to reading this book; it has been on my shelf… calling out my name for a long time. I’m glad I finally relented, pulled it down, and took the time to read it. Sacred Chaos is full of divine order and holy moments no matter what the title might imply.
Tricia Rhodes writes, in Sacred Chaos, with sacramental purpose recognizing that regardless of the season or speed of life, God is always present and every moment—whether ordered or chaotic—can be a moment for connecting with Him.
A renewed awakening to the vitality and purpose of spiritual disciplines has been prominent (especially so in the Protestant Evangelical churches) in recent years. The tension with the renewed popularity in the disciplines has been finding time and space to pursue them. The premise of Sacred Chaos is to start where you are…in the midst of your busy and hectic life. God is there, God is here, and He is longing to be with you. Now.
The format and writing style of Sacred Chaos favors the time-strapped reader. The chapters are brief and engaging… each one can stand on its own, but each chapter builds upon the collective to form a whole as well. Rhodes has done well to consider and cater to the audience to whom she writes. Additionally, I found it personally appealing how she combined elements old and new (classic and current Bible versions as well as ancient and contemporary writings from spiritual masters). Also included are a number of exercises that can help to invite the reader to practice the presence of God right where they are… right in the moment of reading… in the middle of a busy and chaotic life.
Make no mistake; this book is not about a list of practices and disciplines that are packed on to a busy life. Sacred Chaos is about a relationship with the God who is always present, even in our whirlwind lives. Sacred Chaos is a rest stop in our “busy” and a reminder to stop, reset, and begin again in the presence of our God who is always here.
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