• Title: Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land
  • Author: Ruth Everhart
  • ISBN: 9780802869074
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land Do you ever wonder what it would be like to trace the footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land to swim in the Sea of Galilee to walk the Via Dolorosa to kneel on Golgotha Or maybe you ve already visited
    Do you ever wonder what it would be like to trace the footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land to swim in the Sea of Galilee, to walk the Via Dolorosa, to kneel on Golgotha Or maybe you ve already visited the Holy Land and you know what a life changing experience it is If so, then this book is for you When Ruth Everhart was given the opportunity to travel to the Holy LandDo you ever wonder what it would be like to trace the footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land to swim in the Sea of Galilee, to walk the Via Dolorosa, to kneel on Golgotha Or maybe you ve already visited the Holy Land and you know what a life changing experience it is If so, then this book is for you When Ruth Everhart was given the opportunity to travel to the Holy Land as one of several ministers taking part in a documentary about pilgrimage, she jumped at the opportunity Little did she know just how demanding yet, ultimately, rewarding her transformation from Presbyterian minister, wife, and mom to pilgrim would be Candid, down to earth, and delightful, Ruth recounts her experiences in Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land, inviting readers to journey alongside her on an unforgettable Holy Land pilgrimage.

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    1. “Going on a pilgrimage supposedly has the power to transform a person’s faith, but how, exactly? And when? And will it hurt?” p. 1When this book was published, I read a review by Clyde Edgerton that said, "I can think of only two reasons to buy this book:1. You are not going to the Holy Land.2. You are going to the Holy Land.”Well, my mother and I had been to the Holy Land in 2008. We had a wonderful three week tour with a seminary professor and I thought maybe this book would bring back [...]

    2. Part travel writing, part memoir and part spiritual reflection, Chasing the Divine tells the story of the author's pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Everhart's book confronts the questions that confront *us* as we engage in the act of pilgrimage—whether through travel or during our everyday journeys as people of faith--and the unexpected places we land in those journeys. Given recent current events and the conflict in Israel and Gaza, the book could not be more timely. That said, it is not a politi [...]

    3. In less than twenty-four hours, I devoured Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land. This is a very readable and enjoyable book. Everhart's descriptions of all that she sees and experiences are heartfelt and conveyed beautifully to the reader. I have read some other books about the Holy Land and what sets this one apart for me is how Everhart not only describes the places she sees, but tells us about the connections that she makes with the Biblical story. She shares her surprises with us and the disc [...]

    4. It's been a few months since I finished reading Ruth Everhart's beautiful book about her pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I read it devotionally, at a time when I was trying to get my bearings in a new place. Each chapter takes the reader another step along the way, describing the geography of the literal land as well as the inner landscape of the pilgrim. I've never been to the places Everhart describes, all new to her, and she brought me to them palpably. The interweaving of scripture and her pers [...]

    5. Beyond History to Understanding Much more than a travel memoir Ruth pushes us to confront our deeper, inner, spiritual selves. As she frequently prods herself to delve beneath the sights and sounds to the spiritual (perhaps simply cultural) connections western culture attaches to Christianity. It is the difference between travel and pilgrimage. Her trip was designed for spiritual leaders but takes any reader beyond the sights and sounds of a land holy for half of the world’s inhabitants to the [...]

    6. What it's like to be a thoughtful PilgrimWhat is it like to experience a pilgrimage? Beyond what you see with your eyes what do you see with you eyes? This book tells us what Ruth Everhart sees.

    7. I enjoy reading travel memoirs and have read a couple of others about the Holy Land. As Ruth Everhart describes her pilgrimage, she not only tells about the stones/buildings that she sees and the Bible events that allegedly occurred on those stones. She also relates what got her attention while at the site. Sometimes,it was comments from the other pilgrims. Sometimes, it was the distractions of life happening around her. Sometimes, it was a conversation with a local or a challenge to her being t [...]

    8. I have not been to the Holy Land However, thanks to Ruth's passionate and keen insight, it was my privilege to walk the Holy Land with Ruth. This is not an account filled with pious platitudes. It is an honest, almost confessional journey. I laughed, shed tears, smiled and puzzled along with the pilgrims as they journeyed in the footsteps of Jesus. This journal is a must if you want to see pilgrimage in the first person and are not able to go and I would imagine a wonderful preparation before ta [...]

    9. It can be a rare privilege to hear an author speak about her book, and read excerpts from it. I am very thankful that I had this experience recently at an event in Edinburgh with other clergy women from around the world. Ruth has written a beautiful, honest, thoughtful and reflective account not just of her visit to the Holy Land, but more broadly this is an exploration of pilgrimage and of being a pilgrim in the different times and seasons of our daily lives. This is a moving and inspiring read [...]

    10. I loved this book. Each chapter brought me along on Ruth's pilgrimage with a lovely balance of spiritual depth, biblical witness, and humour. I felt as if I got to know her fellow pilgrims along the way, at least to the extent that a reader is able to do so, having not actually been present at the time. A few points had me holding my breath (hello, Masada) but mostly I just enjoyed the pilgrimage.

    11. Beautiful book. An opportunity to glimpse places I've heard abut all my life, but never seen. Ruth takes us there, and more. She marries the historical biblical sites with her own encounters along the way. Sometimes funny, sometimes gut wrenching, always insightful and real. I hope to use this book for a group study.

    12. A United Methodists Women's reading program book that delves into the meaning of pilgrimage in the Holy Land and in our everyday lives. Encourages us to be open to the movements of God in our lives.

    13. Good book! I may never travel to the Holy Land and this author painted very vivid pictures of her travels.

    14. This book was recommended by a book seller at our January Convocation. Ruth Everhart describes the experience of the trip to the Holy Land, what is going on with herself as a pilgrim, and intertwines the two. It made me want to go to the place. It was very much an internal story, which made things feel a little claustrophobic. Also, Ruth was part of some kind of reality movie, and there were clearly barriers to what she could write, that she stopped where the movie started. I found that a little [...]

    15. Ruth Everhart's very readable little book is an almost ideal starting point for any Christian who is contemplating their first trip to the Holy Land. She talks quite a bit about the meaning of her pilgrimage and what it meant to her to be a "pilgrim." She also describes the places that she visited over about 10 days as well as the trip's highs and lows -- from swimming in the Sea of Galilee to the commercialization of so many of the traditional sites. I guess I ranked this lower than others beca [...]

    16. "Pilgrimage may be holy, but it's not particularly pure." Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land is very fine memoir of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The author, a Presbyterian minister, has some questions of God, but they are gentle and thoughtful, not angry and dismissive. Her writing is measured and considered as she joins a filmed pilgrimage, getting to know her fellow ministers, the deeply historical and touristy sites, and the conflicted geography and space. Thoughtful writing, spare and not [...]

    17. I am planning a trip to this region next year and was looking for something to give me a better understanding of what to expect. This book was helpful in that respect but, overall, it was too much of a personal journal for my taste. I really wasn't interested in how hot and uncomfortable she was and how she longed for a beer.

    18. I liked some of her insights - copied a couple of pages. If you are going to the Holy Land, you should read this book.

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