James K. A. Smith's book IMAGINING THE KINGDOM is an exploration of what it means and what it looks like to be a worshipping creature such as human beings. This book is a followup to his earlier book DESIRING THE KINGDOM. I haven't read the first book, but IMAGINING begins with an overview of the first book.
This book looks at worship and role of liturgies, both secular and Christian, in spiritual formation. The stories we tell and take in shape our imagination, and it is our imagination that fuels our formation. Smith looks both at the theory and practicality of our imagination in drawing closer to God and holiness.
The book is an exploration of the some greatest historical thinkers and many familiar stories. The book is weighty and therefore a somewhat difficult read, but it's an interesting exploration of the things that shape us as human beings.
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