Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land (Eerdmans, 2012)

When I was writing this book, I was warned I would never find a publisher: “Christians don’t like to read about the Holy Land — they only like to argue about it.”

The naysayer was wrong, but the truth underlying his words is a sorrow. The Holy Land is a place of historic conflict, but it is more than that. As the Church Father Jerome once said, the Holy Land is a “fifth gospel.” This gospel begs to be experienced rather than simply studied. Pilgrimage is about the verbs! A pilgrim doesn’t live solely above the neck, in the realm of facts and doctrines. A pilgrim travels dusty roads, swims in holy water, drinks wine, eats olives, lights candles and touches sacred stones. Whether you are planning to go on pilgrimage, reliving one you took years ago, or taking an armchair pilgrimage through my words, I invite you to become a pilgrim with me.

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Below is a one-minute book trailer, and below that a few paragraphs recorded in my voice.

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