How did Jesus do it? we wonder. How did he walk on water? To which we can imagine Jesus responding, ""O ye of literal faith. Walk with me on the waters of life; explore with me the depths of reality."" Walking on water is not, as one might think, about staying on the surface of things, but rather about going deep into the ordinary aspects of our lives and finding gold. It is not about exotic miracles or blind faith, but about ""living into a new way of thinking."" Most of us experience a continual flow of ideas, images, and feelings, clinging to these as if they were us. They are us, but not our True Self. They represent the atomized self, our small imperial ego. While this egocentric False Self is necessary, its role is temporary, a warm-up rather than the adventure itself. To ascertain our True Self, we must lose the false images that no longer serve us, images of God that are insufficient and images of ourselves that are similarly inadequate. Bringing to life tales about labyrinths and quests for the Grail, Walking on Water encourages us to go with Jesus into death and resurrection, encountering the universal Christ there, the True Self that gives all humans final meaning and definition. Such living ""saves"" us from our smaller and untrue selves, transforms our consciousness, and transports us from limited first-half-of-life living and thinking into second-half-of-life possibilities. The dynamic approach to spirituality described in this book--a transformational journey nourished by myth, metaphor, and mystery--will promote the wisdom, compassion, maturity, and connectedness we all need and desire.
Robert P. Vande Kappelle, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), is the author of over twenty books, including volumes on ethics, church history, and spirituality. Dr. Vande Kappelle is also the author of biblical studies on the book of Revelation, the Gospel of John, the Wisdom Literature, the letter to the Romans, Luke-Acts, and his 2016 study of biblical themes titled Securing Life.