The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski

The Sacred Year

The Sacred Year – Book Review

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to read a wide variety of inspirational books each year. Through my literary travels, I am inspired by today’s most creative minds and blessed to be able to introduce these writers to you.

With that said – there are certain books that resonate with me more deeply than others – that make my heart beat a little faster when I discover them.

From the moment I came across The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski, I knew that this was going to be a special book.

Until recently, Michael made his living as a Christian motivational speaker who was perceived as “living the life”. In the Foreword to the book, he recounts a moment when a friend reveals he was jealous of him because Michael was living his dream as a published author, a public speaker, a person who was doing good and impacting the world.

Imagine his friend’s shock when Michael revealed he was having an “existential crisis”!

The Sacred Year is a modern-day story of a man who dared to give up our societal infatuation with “changing the world” to do something he believes is even more critical:

Pursue a genuine spiritual life with God that cannot help but impact the world around you.

In this book, Michael connects with a local monk who guides him through a number of ancient and modern spiritual practices. As he focuses on living more attentively, with more simplicity and more gratitude, he finds himself connecting with God in a whole new way.

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.

Here’s what Michael has to say about The Sacred Year:

I hope The Sacred Year is a source of deep nourishment and revitalization for many people who find themselves frustrated and disillusioned with their life, with their faith, with the “Rat Race” we so often find ourselves caught up in, and especially with the “Christian Carnival.”

I hope The Sacred Year is a potent encouragement for many toward a life of cultivated intentionality, that is, a life that is less about “seeming” and more about “being.”

I hope that all who read The Sacred Year find themselves infused with a deepening sense of both awe and hope that despite the prevalence and power of all the forces of darkness that are at work both within in us and without us—thanks be to God—the Light has yet to be overcome.

If you are on a spiritual journey – if deepening your relationship with God is important to you – if you feel restless about life and you don’t know why – and/or if you like books that make you think and shed a new perspective on familiar things – than The Sacred Year is for you!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Video – The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski

About Michael Yankoski

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 (novitate) 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.


For More Information

  • Visit Michael’s Website.
  • Visit The Sacred Year Blog Tour Page.
  • Connect with Michael on Facebook and Twitter.
  • The Sacred Year is available on Amazon.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


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9 Responses to “The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski”

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  1. Wilma Jones says:

    Good review. I think I will check this out on Kindle. Aleays interested in books that can expand my thinking. Visiting from the SITS girls Sharefest.

  2. Lit Lovers Lane says:

    Sounds like a book in which I’d be very interested. I am not familiar with his work, so I have a question. Would you consider this book to have a Christian bent or is it merely spiritual…meaning it would be of interest to people of any faith because it doesn’t espouse any organized religion? I am asking because I don’t do religious, but I do do spiritual. 🙂

    Dropping by from SITS Sharefest.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Great question!

      While the book is Christian in nature, it’s not one of those books that “thumps the Bible” on every page –
      it’s written by a man who was disillusioned by where he was in life and wanted to seek a deeper relationship with God and a deeper meaning in life, and ends up exploring often ignored/forgotten spiritual disciplines along the way.

      The book has somewhat of a philosophical bent to it, in my opinion – I think it is appropriate for anyone on a spiritual journey as it isn’t a religious, preachy book.

      My best recommendation to you is to click on the Amazon link and preview the book for yourself to see if you’d be interested in what this writer has to say.

      Thanks for visiting – have a wonderful week!

  3. kathy downey says:

    After reading the review and the comments I think this may be a book I would enjoy reading,thanks

  4. kathy downey says:

    Will check this out on kindle,thanks

  5. Michelle says:

    This is a new-to-me author.
    Thank you for such a good review.

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