Book Review: Spiritual Rhythms in Community
Author: Keith Meyer
Publisher: InterVarsity Press ISBN: 9780830835614
This is the second book by Keith Meyer that I’ve read. The first, Whole Life Transformation, I read and reviewed almost two years ago. As my review reflected then, I really liked Keith’s work and connected deeply with it in large part because of my own journey. While my enthusiasm might not be as open as it was in my previous review, I have enjoyed Spiritual Rhythms in Community almost as well.
What I love so much about this latest book from Keith Meyer is that it is a logical progression from Whole Life Transformation. In the first book, it seemed as though there was an awakening taking place; here, in this second book, there is practical and experiential refinement…the next steps as it were for the spiritual journey.
Spiritual Rhythms in Community is broken into two primary movements, “Rhythms of Disengagement” and Rhythms or “The Dance of Engagement.” In my experience the one (disengagement) should preclude the other (engagement). Meyer wisely integrates quiet, retreat, and solitude in this first movement for preparing the heart, mind, and spirit for more meaningful relationship and engagement with God through community. It is necessary to create a place of spaciousness in one’s life before adding more into an already crowded space.
Each of the exercises included in both movements begin with a Psalm reflection related to Jesus’ life example to us. The Psalm reflection is followed by a short teaching with personal anecdotes from Meyer’s life and concludes with a spiritual exercise(s) to help reinforce the teaching. I very much appreciated the depth of teaching presented in these chapters and especially respect the simplicity in which Keith taught these ancient methods with contemporary flair. This is not the easiest thing to achieve. I teach spiritual formation and am an acting spiritual director and often struggle with finding an appropriate vocabulary to share this teaching with others.
I was so grateful to get myself a copy of this book. It has been extremely helpful in my personal growth and it has already proven itself valuable as a tool for teaching others.
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