The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski | Blog Tour and Free Book Offer

God is at work everywhere. And every-when. We only need to open our eyes and take the time to notice.

Michael Yankoski became jaded and disillusioned with his life as a Christian motivational speaker, feeling as though he was another act in the “Christian Carnival.” Religion started to become a façade instead of a deep, nourished, lived experience of faith. He knew he needed to stop talking about his faith and begin living and practicing it. In a sort of desperation, Michael dedicated the next year to engaging various spiritual practices, and The Sacred Year is a firsthand account of the downs and ups, the failures and successes of an honest search for answers to the human yearning for life, love, and God.

It’s time to stop talking about your faith and begin living and experiencing it. Join Michael and #EmbraceTheSacred—seek out God at work in the mundane and attend to what God is doing in your life. Share those moments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and make sure to use the tag #EmbraceTheSacred.

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As a thank-you for ordering The Sacred Year, Michael is giving away a free ebook! Email your proof of purchase of The Sacred Year to TheSacredYear@gmail.com, and you will receive A Straightforward Guide to Three Essential Spiritual Practices ebook for FREE! Learn more here.

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{More about The Sacred Year}

The Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life

One searcher’s honest and fascinating journey to encounter God, love others, and discover his true self through a year of spiritual practices.

Frustrated and disillusioned with his life as a Christian, motivational speaker Michael Yankoski was determined to stop merely talking about living a life of faith and start experiencing it. The result was a year dedicated to engaging in spiritual practices, both ancient and modern, in a life-altering process that continues to this day. Whether contemplating an apple for an hour before tasting it (attentiveness), eating on $2.00 a day (simplicity) or writing simple letters of thanks (gratitude), Michael discovered a whole new depth through the intentional life.

Stirred on by the guiding voice of Father Solomon, a local monk, Yankoski’s life is slowly transformed. Both entertaining and heart-wrenching, Yankoski’s story will resonate with those who wish to deepen their own committed faith as well as those who are searching – perhaps for the first time – for their own authentic encounter with the Divine.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Michael’s website.

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{More About Michael Yankoski}

Michael Yankoski is a writer, aspiring theologian, and urban homesteader who dreams of becoming a competent woodworker, musician, and sailor. He received his MA in theological studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a (novitiate) Oblate of St. Benedict, and has authored four books. Michael grew up in Colorado, feels at home on the Pacific Coast, and currently resides in Indiana, where he and his wife are pursuing PhDs at the University of Notre Dame.

Find out more about Michael at http://michaelyankoski.com.

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In his life and his writing, Michael Yankoski walks a tightrope between action and contemplation, and, behold, in ways we all can learn from, he manages to find a sort of essential balance.” — Philip Yancey, Author of What’s So Amazing About Grace?

This book is a joy to the soul and a delight to the heart. It is destined to become a classic within the genre of contemporary spiritual and religious writing.” — Phyllis Tickle, Compiler of The Divine Hours

Reviews

  • BOOK REVIEW: THE SACRED YEAR, BY MICHAEL YANKOSKI

    The greatest part of this story is that the narrative will seemingly resonate with those who wish to deepen their own committed faith as well as those who are searching the divine. I recommend this book for people looking for a spiritual uplifting.
    This book would be appropriate for all denominations, as well.

    Written by Misty Nicole Overstreet-Roberts (The Lady Prefers To Save) on October 19, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R9TJQOPV0ZR3R/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • THE SACRED YEAR BY MICHAEL YANKOSKI

    This book has changed the way I think about many things. It has given me ideas, things to implement in my own life.

    Written by My Full Cup on October 18, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18848939-the-sacred-year

  • THE SACRED YEAR

    Review – Great book. Take a year, take a week, or take a month. Get back to the basics. Enjoy life and be grateful for all that God has done for you. I love the reminder that this book gave me to take time to smell the roses. Enjoy God. Be happy and be grateful for everything.

    Written by Let’s Eat 2 Day on October 17, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/gp/review/RDTQJJAO5IGYZ/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ASIN=084992202X

  • AN INSPIRING JOURNEY

    ‘The Sacred Year’ is a thoughtful recollection of a year in the life of author Michael Yankoski. Inspiring quotes begin each chapter of this autobiographical volume. Short chapters are comprised of several stories of the author’s unique life lessons. Yankoski’s transparency draws the reader into the book and into his life. His unique outlook on life and his colorful method for recording his experiences makes for an entertaining read that will have you remembering and contemplating your own life journey. This book has inspired me to pay more attention to how others touch my life and to make a grander effort toward touching the lives of others.

    Written by WORD Up! on October 10, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3KFVGHYO92LO0/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • BOOK REVIEW: THE SACRED YEAR BY MICAHEL YANKOSKI

    It is a good book that is very well written. Yankoski raises many good points about living intentionally and being present in the moment.

    Written by Lavish Bookshelf on October 9, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1075976212

  • BE PREPARED TO BE CHALLENGED

    I admire the author’s courage to do something about the emptiness and frustration he felt. And I read with interest and even conviction the steps that he took to remedy the lack of intimacy he had experienced so far in his Christian faith. Some things I have implemented in my own faith-walk. Some I will consider for future reference. So do I recommend reading The Sacred Year? Yes. But be prepared to be challenged to step outside your modern “comfort zone,” to set aside your preconceived notions about certain faith practices and to get to the “why” of how they were implemented in the first place.

    Written by The Writer’s Tool on October 6, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R37LIHOZXK4VWC

  • THE SACRED YEAR BY MICHAEL YANKOSKI #EMBRACETHESACRED FREE BOOK OFFER #REVIEW

    This book was interesting. I liked how the author shared personal stories and his thoughts on his spiritual journey.

    Written by A Rup Life on October 6, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.aruplife.com/2014/10/the-sacred-year-by-michael-yankoski.html

  • THE SACRED YEAR – A BOOK REVIEW AND A CONVERSATION

    Have you ever had one of those conversations you just don’t want to end? Maybe it’s with a lover, a lifelong friend, or a cherished grandparent. Regardless, it’s one of those conversations that you truly feel blessed to be having and the thought of it coming to a close makes you terribly sad. When you finally say your goodbyes and part ways you are amazed to find how much time has passed. It didn’t seem like so many hours could have ticked away in such a short time, but then again you weren’t watching the clock.

    The Sacred Year is like one of those time-stopping and cherished conversations you have with a special friend.

    Written by Matthew D Greene on October 6, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.mattdgreene.com/blog/2014/10/6/the-sacred-year-a-book-review-and-a-conversation

  • THE SACRED YEAR BY MICHAEL YANKOSKI #BOOKREVIEW

    This is not an easy book to read, I mean that in a good way. It is a book that makes you take a hard look at yourself and think about your own spiritual life. I enjoy books that teach using stories and metaphors since I find facts rather boring. If you feel like you are just talking the talk instead of walking the walk then I recommend you read this book. I am glad I read it and plan on re-reading it since there is so much to absorb.

    Written by Frugal-Shopping on October 5, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.frugal-shopping.com/2014/10/the-sacred-year-by-michael-yankoski.html

  • BOOK REVIEW: “THE SACRED YEAR” BY MICHAEL YANKOSKI

    I want to live more intentionally and not be so busy that I can’t enjoy the small things or notice them. Michael talks about the beauty of an apple. How it has so many colors and how complex it really is. I want to notice things like that. I know I need to slow down and this is just another reminder of that. Michael says the way to attentiveness is to not focus on everything but “…on the singular. The precise. The particular. The One.” By focusing on God, all other things come into focus as well. I liked this book and want to start living intentionally.

    Written by snidbits on October 5, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R85L2B8643CZB

  • THE SACRED YEAR

    I just started reading Michael Yankoski’s new book, The Sacred Year, and I can already tell it’s going on the top 10 list for 2014. The first chapter is entitled, The Color of Jaded, and man, do I get it. Sometimes, I get so tired and frantic… so far behind and desperate to catch up, that I miss all the wonder of knowing and serving an amazing God. I’m going through the motions, I’m checking off the lists, but I am not taking time to really bask in the glory of my Creator. This book helped me refocus and I can’t wait to read more!

    Written by Growing Kids Ministry on October 4, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.growingkidsministry.com/reviews/the-sacred-year-book-review/

  • THERE IS SIMPLY SO MUCH GREAT INFORMATION THAT MY COPY OF THIS BOOK HAS MORE DOG-EARED PAGES THAN IT DOESN’T! LOVED IT!

    There is simply so much to be gleaned from Michael’s book and in his own year long search for something more than simply making it through this life doing the best we can with what God has given us. For those of you looking for a little bit more insight as the world grows at an exponential rate leaving us as debris in its wake, you just might uncover a true diamond in the rough tucked between the covers of this book.. I easily give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and can’t wait to begin my own journey!

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on October 3, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1VQTEDGXEB18G

  • THE SACRED YEAR

    What I like about The Sacred Year is that it taps into the sense of spiritual hunger that we all experience at some point in our life, and that it makes us look at our lives, our priorities, and our relationship with God in a whole new way.

    I highly recommend this book!

    Written by Create With Joy on October 3, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.create-with-joy.com/2014/10/the-sacred-year-by-michael-yankoski.html

  • BLESSED BY BOOK!!!

    It is inspiring, encouraging and engaging. What a way to live….if we only would live more by faith…..I know I try to do so…and pray all of us will….it is the only way to live….GOD is Faithful!!!

    Written by LyonsLady on October 3, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://lyonslady.blogspot.com/p/not-quite-healed-by-cecil-murphy-and.html

  • THE SACRED YEAR | AN EXPERIMENT IN INTENTIONALITY

    The Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice — How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life is a delightful book. In some ways it’s Celebration of Discipline 2.0, but much more readable and approachable. Yankoski’s style is enchanting and engaging, like a meandering conversation with a friend. Filled with well-crafted examples, he shares his year with refreshing honesty.

    Written by An Ordinary Woman Pursing Splendor on October 2, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1P4851JQCHRJJ

  • THE SACRED YEAR BY MICHAEL YANKOSKI

    This is a great inspiration to live the spiritual practices. Even though we may never be able to have a spiritual director and do some of the things Yankoski did, his experiences show how we can do something similar. This book is a great incentive to learn about the spiritual practices and incorporate them into our lives. We will find, as he did, that the practices are an antidote to what is wrong in our culture.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on October 2, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2C4KOI1HFGHHQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=084992202X

  • THE SACRED YEAR

    I fell in love with Michael Yankoski’s thought provoking writing when I read his book “Under the Overpass” so I was utterly delighted to read his latest book and was even more delighted that he has not lost his raw, totally open and honest writing style. Once again his book has managed to engage me and get me to think in ways I haven’t thought of before or in a very long time. This book is like a breath of fresh air and I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!
    I receive this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on October 1, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://theperfectbeginnings.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-sacred-year-by-michael-yankoski.html

  • DELIGHTFUL. ECUMENICAL. HONEST.

    The Sacred Year became a 2014 favorite right away.
    Michael Yankoski’s writing epitomizes “productive contemplation” without ever devolving into navel-gazing.
    This book is full of stories and he takes the time to tell them well, tasting, touching, savoring… meditating on each experience.

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on October 1, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://foundachristianbyhisgrace.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-sacred-year.html

  • A BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW

    The book was intriguing, and thoughtfully written as the author takes you on a year of his own spiritual journey. I loved that he was vulnerable, honest and raw about his questions, doubts, belief’s and so much more.

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Heart on September 30, 2014 | e

  • THE SACRED YEAR

    THE SACRED YEAR is not meant to be inhaled in one lump sum by reviewers. I was about three or four chapters in when I realized that. It’s like sitting in your pastor’s study and hearing him preach every message in his collection–at once. Too much, too soon. So, that said, as a reviewer, reading it in one lump sum, it is overwhelming. Mind-boggling. Skim-inducing. Too much, too soon.

    BUT reading it as a reader, you read one section at a time. You ponder it. Highlight. Make notes. Study it. Think about it. Agree (or disagree.) Find tidbits you can use on your own spiritual journey. And then, it is not overwhelming, mind-boggling, nor skim-inducing. It is inspiring. Motivational. Encouraging. Engaging.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on September 30, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: www.amazon.com

  • THIS BOOK SHOULD COME WITH A WARNING

    Rarely do I advise people to NOT read a book. I’m a believer in reading, whatever your preferred genre, however long it takes you. But for this book, The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski, I feel compelled to caution you before you begin reading. It’s one of those dangerous books that will force you to ask hard questions about your life and will make you responsible for your decisions. If you’re not prepared to consider a different way of living, then don’t even think about reading this book.

    That said, The Sacred Year is one of my favorite reads so far this year.

    Written by Living Echoes on September 29, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://wp.me/pRSin-1C6

  • THE SACRED YEAR: MAPPING THE SOULSCAPE OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE – HOW CONTEMPLATING APPLES, LIVING IN A CAVE AND BEFRIENDING A DYING WOMAN REVIVED MY LIFE BY MICHAEL YANKOWSKI

    Michael Yankowski’s The Sacred Year impressed me in ways I did not initially expect. A personal and straightforward account of Yankowski’s attempts at authentically engaging his faith through spiritual practices, this book is simply beautiful – entirely insightful, intriguing, thought-provoking. I cannot recommend it enough. Reading this book is worth every second.

    Written by Book by Book on September 29, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://pagebypagebookbybook.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-sacred-year-mapping-soulscape-of.html

  • THE SACRED YEAR BOOK REVIEW

    This book is about a who one day was asked when are you most like yourself? It got him to thinking and along with the Hebrew word, “Selah”, which means pause and think about it, these two simple sentences forced him to wonder about everything in his life so he set about to find out.

    Follow him in his search along with his wife. They visited all kinds of ethnic races and they both learned that the one true thing that they all wanted was to love and be loved back. I think that is pretty simple and yet people make it so hard that some never experience that feeling.

    We get so tied up in what Hollywood thinks love is that we don’t really see true love when it’s staring right at us. They want us to believe love is some tragic affair and that love is an elusive thing. Well, it’s not!

    Written by Mary’s Cup of Tea on September 28, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.mmbearcupoftea.com/2014/09/the-sacred-year-book-review.html

  • THE SACRED YEAR BY MICHAEL YANKOSKI REVIEW #EMBRACETHESACRED FREE BOOK OFFER

    The author has a view and puts that into motion in the pages of this book. I find that we will all get something different out of it. The knowledge you do find is a gift because it can help to make your spiritual life a bit easy to navigate. Perhaps to simplify is a good course of action which was the message I found. I would recommend this book to older youth and adults as they will get the most out of it.

    Written by Cassandra M’s Place on September 28, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.cassandramsplace.com/2014/09/the-sacred-year-by-michael-yankoski.html

  • THE SACERED YEAR

    Are you ready to examine your self? This book is such a fantastic tool to help with just that.

    If you are not ready to chew on some hard meat you may way to pass this book up. It is very well written and has a ton of insight on every page.

    You will build your faith in this faith based book and it is worth every page you read.

    I gave this book 5 stars and recommend it. A very life transforming book, that you will want to read more than once.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on September 26, 2014 |e
    Read my full review:http://www.themarybookreader.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-scared-year-by-michael-yankoski.html

  • A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY IN A BOOK

    This is not the typical type of book that I would pick up but I have been trying read more “self help” type of books and that is what I consider this to be. The way Michael wrote this book he is not only a story teller but a narrator of this story, which I think makes it a little easier to read. Reading my way through Michael’s journeys was fascinating. It makes stop and take a look at your life as well. I don’t know that I could take the journey that he did but it was interesting to read about his. I recommend this book for people looking for a spirtual uplifting.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on September 24, 2014 |e
    Read my full review:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1063512385

  • THE SACRED YEAR

    This book is a beautiful reminder to step away from the busyness of life and take in the beauty of our Savior and His creation. I loved it!

    Written by Inklings and Notions on September 23, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://amandanicolle.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-sacred-year.html

  • IT MAY JUST CHANGE EVERYTHING!!!

    I was really excited to read The Sacred Year. I love hearing about other peoples testimony and faith experiences.
    Several experiences in his life had finally led to a discontent with the “Christian” life. Was the modern Christ-life it all just a big show? Michael wanted answers and the result is “The Sacred Life”.
    I enjoyed reading of his journey very much…it’s full of deep moments, hilarious moment, odd moments and all inspiring.
    There are so many great take-aways from this book that I hope to adapt into my own life like… Single-tasking, Practicing Simplicity, Gratitude, Community, and Caring.
    Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of The Sacred Year and then implement the things you feel necessary…it may just change your year and even your life!

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on September 23, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R10J3BEHY5OSHP/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00J3XDF98

  • {{BOOK REVIEW}} THE SACRED YEAR BY MICHAEL YANKOSKI

    I really enjoyed reading The Sacred Year. Michael’s raw honesty, and humble quest to find a life that is more deeply engaged in ancient and modern spiritual practices left me hungry and seeking for more. In our world of fast pace, I really am thankful for his transforming practices to deepen his faith and experience God in a more intimate level. I have found myself slowing down and appreciating the smaller things in life and the many blessings given to me from The Lord. This book was wonderful to read. It challenges and encourage you to go on your own journey for an intentional encounter with God. I recommend this book to everyone!

    Written by Reading Corner Reviews & More on September 22, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://readingcornerreviews.blogspot.com/2014/09/book-review-sacred-year.html

  • COMPELLING AND PROVOCATIVE IN THE BEST WAY

    I knew when I read the description that I needed to read this book. I have felt a calling, a longing within my heart to get off the hampster wheel already. To be in this world but not of it. And how do we do that when we are so caught up in worldly things? The author’s journey can help all of us learn to do just that.

    There were some times in this book that I felt it was a bit more “mystical” than I generally like. However, the main principles in his year and in the book are sound…

    Written by Serving Joyfully on September 18, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3V44PL40QY4TS/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm