Following the Way of Wisdom Jesus

A 12-Week Guide into Peace and Subversion

Christian - Devotion/Study
147 Pages
Reviewed on 08/01/2023
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Author Biography

Rev. Dr. Josh R. Ritter, M.Div., Ph.D., is a communication consultant and a trainer and facilitator of public deliberation who focuses on risk mitigation, diversity education, and conflict transformation. He worked in the higher education sector for over 15 years as a chaplain and a teacher of rhetoric, writing, leadership, and public speaking. He is an interfaith activist, a minister of 20 years, a contemplative Christian, and co-founder and co-owner of Kardia House Consulting, LLC. Josh has presented at conferences around the country on civic interfaith leadership in public life and religious rhetoric in the public sphere, but his real passion is the practice of engaged contemplative spirituality and reframing the ways we approach religion, communication, and the spiritual imagination. For more from this author, see , These Dry Bones: A Wisdom Journey into the Beatitudes, and his upcoming book, A Hidden Hum: A Wisdom Journey into Advent and the Spiritual Imagination.

Sharyl West Loeung, M.Div, is a preacher, liturgist, and former pastor. She holds a Master of Divinity with a concentration in World Christianity, namely the East and Global South. This contextual framing has led Sharyl to champion interfaith advocacy and the recognition of theological diversity. She hopes to facilitate spaces of belonging where connection, collaboration, and creativity can flourish. Sharyl co-founded Kardia House Consulting with Josh Ritter, which seeks to reframe the world through our words, stories, and conversations. Using their framework of generous communication, Kardia House offers consulting and writing and publishing services.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

Following the Way of Wisdom Jesus by Josh R. Ritter and Sharyl West Loeung is a twelve-week Bible study guide that gives a new perspective on Jesus’ wisdom. The authors open our minds to a new way of understanding prayer, meditation, and the Christian journey. Christianity is not about being right or wrong or them against us. Instead, it is a continuous experience filled with profound spiritual moments. The guide will help you unlearn the misleading and limiting assumptions about God and the Christian faith and teach you a new communication model. This model will help you form a bond with God through love and compassion for your fellow man. The lessons will turn you from a person who seeks to blame or judge others into a meek and understanding person. Instead of wanting to know everything or be in control, you will enjoy the experience and mystery of being in Jesus.

Following the Way of Wisdom Jesus is a groundbreaking book that will restructure how you view religion, spirituality, and God. We live in a merit-based and dualistic world that divides us and makes us greedy, but Josh R. Ritter and Sharyl West Loeung present a loving and unifying message about the Christian faith. The Christian journey is not linear; everyone has their own way of interpreting the scriptures. The authors best explain this message with a video game analog, where level one completely differs from level two. People get stuck on the same level because they do not want to open up to the idea that there are many versions of Christianity or that we all connect with God differently. With love and understanding, we will not be judgmental or try to convert others to what we think is right or our view of God. The book has a consistent format and engages readers with exercises and questions at the end of every chapter. I loved reading this book and hope to enjoy more work from these amazing authors.