’ In truth, the Christian life is as much to do with the walk—the journey—as it has with a destination. If the destination is the main deal, then we want a map with a clear and straightforward route clearly marked ahead of time. Heaven here we come! I have to confess that this is the way I once treated the Bible, a bit like the Melways to eternity. But today I appreciate it less as a book of maps and more one of stories—the stories of those who have taken this ‘long walk’ ahead of me. I learn so much from their successes and failures, their detours and disasters. As I read these stories over and over, I come to appreciate the tried and true practices of faith that have been consistently sustaining and spiritually formative for aspiring pilgrims like me.
from Dorothy Butler Bass’s book Christianity for the Rest of Us, quoted by Simon Carey Holt on his blog.