Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Ancient Path by John Michael Talbot, a review
It probably seems odd that I, as a Protestant, would choose to review a book by a Catholic writer. But there were two very important reasons I wanted to read this book. First was because of who wrote it and the second reason was simply timing.
John Michael Talbot's music was well known to us who came out of the Jesus Movement. There is a brotherhood (and sisterhood) of sorts of those who came to Christ during that time. We often share a similar beginning even if we chose different paths to follow in our walk with God.
Which is why I found the chapter about the influence of Francis Schaeffer on the young Talbot very interesting. For he was also a significant influence in my own life during that time. But whereas most of us for whom Schaeffer was such an influence (and almost a father figure) became Protestant, John Michael Talbot became a Catholic.
As I read that chapter, he describes the process of his thinking and God's call toward Catholicism. Oh, I get it. That makes sense now. Actually, that is what this entire book does for the reader. Talbot explains much of what he has done in his spiritual walk.
The second reason I wanted to read this book was due to the timing of it becoming available. For just the day before I had a chat with my daughter about our interest in the "Desert Fathers" and how as Protestants, we need to know more about the early history of the Church.
The subtitle of this book is Old Lessons from the Church Fathers for a New Life Today. In this book, the author combines a narrative about his own life journey with the influence of the Desert Fathers along the way.
It is not just a biography and it is not a definitive book about the Church Fathers. Instead we learn more about the early Church from the viewpoint of each person's influence on the life of the author through the years.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the journey of John Michael Talbot and the influence of the Desert Fathers in his life. While thoroughly Catholic in theology, this is one Protestant who believes it a worthwhile read to those "on the other side of the Reformation".
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