Being the Way
by Rev. Patrick McAndrew, D.R.S.
Book review by Michael Radon
"There is nothing like catching a glimpse of Spirit, feeling the Sacred Breath of Life flowing through you, feeling God’s Presence all about you."
Analyzing the teachings of Jesus, the Bible, and a method of maintaining a lifestyle that is grounded in spirituality and peace, the author of this book puts forth the concept that Jesus the Christ lived not to found a church, or organize a religion; but rather to demonstrate a certain Way of Being, so that we might live in the fullness of life. Drawing on specific verses, lessons, and parables as well as popular movies like Peaceful Warrior and the Star Wars series, the author teaches how to live in the present and appreciate the Life Force of the entire world. His book shares a metaphysical view of the Bible that supposes that the stories don’t provide a literal history; but, rather a detail of the things one must do within themselves in order to live “the way” Jesus encouraged us to live.
Complete with stories from the author’s own life, personal experiences, and original parables to help flesh out his lessons, each chapter investigates one focused change someone can make to their perspective. Beginning and ending each of these chapters is a simple affirmation that helps the reader comprehend and retain the core message or lesson. The overall tone of the book is friendly and encouraging, which helps the audience maintain an open mind even though the subject material, while not controversial in some circles, does require an individual to explore what may be deeply rooted beliefs. The author’s academic background as well as his experience as a minister and a psychologist provide a multi-faceted teaching style that can offer clarity where other angles would remain ambiguous. While much of the material focuses on the teachings of Jesus, even those who are looking for spiritual guidance outside of the confines of traditional religion will find much to draw upon in this book.