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From the authors of America's Holy Ground: 61 Faithful Reflections on Our National Parks, The National Park Service oversees more than the 61 national parks; monuments and historic sites mark where important events in America's story occurred, protect unique natural landmarks, and remember those who changed history. Brad Lyons and Bruce Barkhauer help you consider how your From the authors of America's Holy Ground: 61 Faithful Reflections on Our National Parks, The National Park Service oversees more than the 61 national parks; monuments and historic sites mark where important events in America's story occurred, protect unique natural landmarks, and remember those who changed history. Brad Lyons and Bruce Barkhauer help you consider how your faith and values are reflected in those treasured places. America's Holy Sites: 50 Faithful Reflections on Our National Monuments and Historic Landmarks visits an NPS site in each state, considering a unique trait of each place and connecting it to your own life. Courage, mercy, leadership, liberty - these are just a few of the themes you'll explore on this unique journey. A scripture verse and a trio of questions take your experience deeper.


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From the authors of America's Holy Ground: 61 Faithful Reflections on Our National Parks, The National Park Service oversees more than the 61 national parks; monuments and historic sites mark where important events in America's story occurred, protect unique natural landmarks, and remember those who changed history. Brad Lyons and Bruce Barkhauer help you consider how your From the authors of America's Holy Ground: 61 Faithful Reflections on Our National Parks, The National Park Service oversees more than the 61 national parks; monuments and historic sites mark where important events in America's story occurred, protect unique natural landmarks, and remember those who changed history. Brad Lyons and Bruce Barkhauer help you consider how your faith and values are reflected in those treasured places. America's Holy Sites: 50 Faithful Reflections on Our National Monuments and Historic Landmarks visits an NPS site in each state, considering a unique trait of each place and connecting it to your own life. Courage, mercy, leadership, liberty - these are just a few of the themes you'll explore on this unique journey. A scripture verse and a trio of questions take your experience deeper.

39 review for America's Sacred Sites: 50 Faithful Reflections on Our National Monuments and Historic Landmarks

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robert D. Cornwall

    What makes something sacred or holy? Does it have to be a religious site for someone to find spiritual value in a site, whether its part of the natural world or something human-created? Brad Lyons and Bruce Barkhauer explored that question in relation to the National Parks in the United States under the title America's Holy Ground: 61 Faithful Reflections on Our National Parks. Now they've added a sequel in America's Sacred Sites. This book points us to fifty National Monuments and Historic Land What makes something sacred or holy? Does it have to be a religious site for someone to find spiritual value in a site, whether its part of the natural world or something human-created? Brad Lyons and Bruce Barkhauer explored that question in relation to the National Parks in the United States under the title America's Holy Ground: 61 Faithful Reflections on Our National Parks. Now they've added a sequel in America's Sacred Sites. This book points us to fifty National Monuments and Historic Landmarks, all of which are managed by the National Park Service. As with the original book, they engage with these sites spiritually, offering spiritual reflections on what they term sacred sites. I must admit that I've only visited a handful of the sites explored in the book. I've not even been to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, which lies in my home state of Oregon, or Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in my current home state of Michigan. However, I have been to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. Still, there are many places yet to visit. In this book, they take us to all fifty states and point us to a site worth considering. It should be noted that some of the sites cross over state lines and so could have fit under more than one state. In America's Sacred Sites, Brad and Bruce focus on sites that might be natural, like Pictured Rock National Monument, but might also be home to a particular event in history such as Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Site. They take us to Pearl Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, Kitty Hawk, and Ebenezer Baptist Church (part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park). With each site, the authors provide a defining word. Thus, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in North Dakota is linked to the word "Hospitality." West Virginia's Harper's Ferry National Historical Park carries the term "resistance." Each reflection is accompanied by a scripture reference as well. Bruce and Brad offer a book filled with color photos, some of which they have taken, but most come from the National Park Service. They describe the site, offering insight as to its importance. This is followed by a spiritual application. They write that "what is most remarkable to us is that there is a place in every state of our union that has some significance in shaping us and our history. Consequently, there is a place near you right now where a visit can get you started on discovering more of America's holy ground." (p. 13). Like me, they've only visited some of the sites in the book. Thus, much of the book is based on research. As with the first book, this is not simply a travel guide, though it does provide significant background information about the sites. It functions differently in that the authors want to draw our attention to the deeper meaning that lies within or beneath the site. They want us to open ourselves up to the possibility that there is something spiritual resonate about a site. Since they include Pear Harbor in the book, I can bear witness to the somewhat eerie but holy feeling you get as you travel the short distance to the memorial. When you get off the boat, if your fellow travelers are also open, there will be silence and a feeling of a connection to those who died that day on the ship. They comment, regarding the silence, pointing to Moses' experience in the presence of God, noting that "God was in the holy silence. God filled the silence that, for a moment, Moses and the Divine shared. Moses was never the same" (p. 59). You are never the same after visiting the memorial. As with their first book, I highly recommend this for the spiritual journey that takes us to the different corners of a nation, that is often in turmoil. That turmoil is present in the sites chosen, from Little Big Horn to Fort Sumter to the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. All is not wonderful, but there is something to consider in each sacred site.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

    America’s Sacred Sites is amazing! It contains gorgeous photographs and facts from scenic and historical sites around our country. Each four page description is headed by a Bible verse and concluded with questions to help the reader develop self-awareness. Brad Lyons has created a book that readers will choose to return to for comfort and enjoyment. Thank you to Goodreads for this outstanding giveaway.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    I won this small paperback book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was an interesting mix of history, travel, and Christianity, with gorgeous photography and thoughtful writing. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed reading through this and hoping to see many of the sites someday.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Knapp

    Beautiful Photos, well described portraits of 50 of America's Sacred Sites. The only thing that would make this book better is if it were Coffee Table Size. Beautiful Photos, well described portraits of 50 of America's Sacred Sites. The only thing that would make this book better is if it were Coffee Table Size.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    I loved the thoughtful reflections about each site and the photographs are stunning! It makes me want to visit each and every place!

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