The Road to Joy by Kevin McClone

In this book, Kevin McClone invites the reader to join him on the path to psycho spiritual health. To do this, he journeys through eight pathways: Follow your deepest desire, Discover true self, embrace heart intimacy, have integrity, rely on grace, live a simple life, embrace solitude and find joy. Joy comes at the end because this is a progression. Each chapter ends with a few practices the reader could perform which makes this more than just a book to read and move on; it is a book that could be read in small groups or slowly, like a chapter a week, with a good bit of journaling.

McClone combines scientific research rooted in psychology with wisdom from mystics and teachers both past and present. That latter point might raise an eyebrow for more conservative Christian readers who might rather emphasize the uniqueness of the Christian faith above all others. But even if you hold to traditional orthodox understandings of God as defined by Christian theology, you can appreciate this book. After all, God is Truth and all truth is God’s truth. So if a Buddhist monk or Islamic poet or anyone else has wisdom, the Christian tradition ought to welcome that. We can have debates about what separates us later. Overall, I found it refreshing to see so many stories and quotes from all over the spectrum.

In addition to the research and academic side, McClone writes with tragic honesty. His wife passed away shortly before writing this book, and he draws on his own experiences of grief and loss throughout. I believe this book would be best suited to people also dealing with grief from the loss of a loved one.

This is a short and helpful book. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in spiritual growth. As I read a book like this, I always wonder what niche it fits into. I have my favorite spiritual discipline books which I am always going to recommend, will the book I am reading be forgotten if it does not crack my top 3 or 5? I think the best thing about McClone’s book is the honesty. If you are looking for a basic book on spiritual discipline, check out Foster or Warren. But if you’re struggling with loss, McClone could be for you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,Part 255.

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