The Mystery, the Way, and the Journey
Walking into the Darkness of the Unknown
Foreword by Ron Dart
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
128 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 x 0.26 in
- Published: May 2021
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- Published: May 2021
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We live in a time of certainty and extremes where questions must be answered and spiritual salvation is centered on a single moment. By drawing on the writings of St. Maximos the Confessor (580-662 CE), this book seeks to introduce the reader to a new, albeit old, way of following Jesus of Nazareth into the darkness of the unknown by embracing the mystery of uncertainty as a way of life in which each person's journey is different. Interwoven together, the concepts of the Mystery, the Way, and the Journey provide a way forward through the uncertainty of the future by following the path set forth by the ancient church while understanding that we are part of something bigger and older than modern American Christianity.
Joshua S. Hopping is a passionate follower of the Creator with a love for all life. As a Cherokee Nation tribal member, he is interested in exploring Indigenous ways of following Jesus of Nazareth. Joshua holds a MA in theology and culture from St. Stephen’s University and is a leader within the Holy Heretics: An Incarnational Community. He is also the author of The Here and Not Yet (2017) and blogger at WildGooseChase.org.
“In a world where faith has been defined as facts and arriving at a destination, Josh Hopping gives us the option to pursue truth and stay on a journey with the Triune God. If you are tired of easy answers and want to learn how to live in the mystery of walking with Jesus, then this is the book for you.”
—Ramon Mayo, author of Reclaiming Diversity
“There has been, in the last few decades, a growing restlessness and unease within the conservative evangelical tribe with the excessive simplicity of how the faith journey is understood and interpreted, and the corresponding and addictive need for absolute certainty that is constrictive and suffocating. Many of the more curious, thoughtful, and creative people within such a small womb are feeling the birth pangs and emerging into a fuller vision of life—such is the maturing beauty of Joshua Hopping. . . . It is best when reading a good book to step beyond merely reading for information and allow the book to be a midwife of transformation. Certainly, Joshua’s book can do this if read in the spirit in which it was written. I highly recommend multiple meditative reads of this pure diamond of a book.”
—Ron Dart, Department of Political Studies, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, British Columbia