Making Space for God
Author: Tim Stead (Anglican priest)
Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing Corp
The spiritual practice of mindfulness has continued to gain popularity throughout the years. But what exactly does this practice offer to Christians? In Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality, Tim Stead explores how practicing mindfulness can help Christians better live out their faith. Stead explains what mindfulness is and what is beneficial about it. He also reflects on how it can impact what and how we believe and seeks to find how mindfulness enables our Christian faith to work for us. Mindfulness practices that are designed to help readers make space for God in their everyday lives are included.
40 simple spiritual practices
Author: Sally Welch
Publisher: Canterbury Press
This introduction to Christian mindfulness offers a practical guide to mindfulness as a way of Christian living. It brings together the popular practice of mindfulness and the Christian spiritual disciplines such as prayer and contemplation. The result is a pocket spiritual companion that will deepen awareness of the sacred in daily life and of the presence of God moment by moment. Over forty days, examples of mindfulness in the Old and New Testaments are examined, each one accompanied by a practical exercise for incorporating mindfulness into everyday life. Mindfulness is explored through six themes – silence, sound, smell, sight, touch and taste. Also included are Bible passages and exercises for mindfulness for Holy Week and Easter Sunday, enabling us to enter more deeply into the passion that lies at the very heart of our faith, plus a section on conducting a mindful pilgrimage.
The Practice of Christian Mindfulness
Author: Amy G. Oden
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Christians have always practiced mindfulness. Yet, from the popular landscape of mindfulness movement, you’d never know that. Where is the Christian voice in this fast-growing movement? Many Christians practice mindfulness outside of church and believe it does not belong to our faith tradition. This book reveals the Christian roots of mindfulness and the actual practices that, when reclaimed, deepen the life of faith and the power of our mission of love in the world. When we understand how radical it is to live in God’s presence right here, right now, our lives are transformed toward mercy, justice and abundant life. Amy Oden shows how the practice of Christian mindfulness begins with the teachings of Jesus and continues throughout Christian history. It also includes step-by-step instructions for the practice of Christian mindfulness today. Pastors and leaders will find this book useful on the ground as they curate current culture and guide Christians in spiritual practices.
Cultivating Christian Mindfulness
Author: Holly Sprink
What have you noticed today? A life of faith is not something we float through on a cloud unaware; it is the mindful process of letting God change us, letting him develop our spiritual sensitivity toward the things of God and his kingdom. In "Faith Postures," Holly Sprink describes a two-fold journey-first, we must notice the kingdom of God. How is God's kingdom arriving in our world right now? Are we proclaiming the difference it makes in our everyday lives? Second, we must allow Christ to realign us, to adjust and transform us into living examples of his wholeness. We take up residence in this kingdom by letting him redirect our attitudes toward life and health in him. Sprink guides readers through a growing awareness of God's desire for relationship and of the emotional and spiritual postures that enable us to learn to be still, to listen, and to be mindful-not only of ourselves, but of the One outside ourselves. In developing the art of noticing and practicing the postures of our faith in God, we begin to realize the spiritual health we yearn for.
Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets, and Rebels
Author: Heidi Haverkamp
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Our faith is full of heroes who experienced God powerfully in solitude. From Hagar and the Hebrew prophets to Jesus in the wilderness to Francis of Assisi and Catherine of Siena, we see how escape from the toil and temptations of daily life can open our eyes, ears, minds, and hearts to the still, small voice of God. In the vast desert or a tiny room, solitude--frightening for some and a welcome reprieve for others--is far from an antisocial self-indulgence but rather is an opportunity for transformation and empowerment to serve God's people ever more deeply. While most of us can't take weeks--or even a few days--for private retreat, Holy Solitude offers readers thoughtful inspiration and practical devotional activities such as taking a solitary bus ride or baking a loaf of bread for a neighbor. Daily reflections introduce readers to figures in both Scripture and Christian history whose stories of discernment and discipline are a guide for our own spiritual practices as we seek to know God more fully and follow Christ more faithfully.
Deepening the mindful life
Author: Brian Draper
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
'Brian Draper is Britain's foremost popular spiritual thinker; he has no equals in linking the inner with the political and personal outer. This is a remarkably practical exploration of elusive yet core elements of our existence.' - Oliver James The beauty of mindfulness is that it's incredibly simple both to 'get' and to practise. And the results - increasingly backed by neuro-scientific evidence - are priceless: calmness and reduced stress, more creativity, greater awareness, compassion. . . And yet there's a danger that mindfulness can be used in a purely consumerist and self-serving way to help people to become better adapted cogs in a still-toxic model of work and life. Brian Draper challenges us to live not just mindfully but soulfully. Not merely to be less stressed, but to flourish, dynamically and creatively - to be present - through living intentionally and compassionately.
Author: Paul F. Knitter
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Being a Christian isn’t easy. Sustaining belief without any doubts for one’s entire life is a very rare accomplishment. Indeed, many would say that examining one’s faith at least once is a central part of the Christian condition. In this landmark work, esteemed theologian Paul Knitter explains the unique path that he took to overcome his doubts, becoming a stronger Christian in the process. Honest and unflinching, Without Buddha I Could not be a Christian narrates each common spiritual dilemma that Knitter has struggled with and explains how a Buddhist worldview has allowed him to resolve each one. From the ‘petitioning’ nature of Christian prayer to how Christianity views life after death, Knitter argues that a Buddhist standpoint can help inspire a more person-centred conception of Christianity, where individual religious experience comes first, and liturgy and tradition second. Moving and revolutionary, this book will inspire Christians everywhere.
Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality
Author: Stefan Gillow Reynolds
Through the teachings of Jesus, and Christian mystics such as St Augustine and Meister Eckhart, Stefan Gillow Reynolds demonstrates that the practice of Mindfulness leading to silent meditation, recommended by many therapists, is not a modern fad but has always had a place within contemplative Christianity.
Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life
Author: Phileena Heuertz,Phyllis Tickle
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
The pain of the world demands our activism, but the urgency and pervasiveness of need distracts us from our own need to find ourselves in Christ, and makes us increasingly vulnerable to burnout--both personally and communally. In this book Phileena Heuertz tells one such story of a fragmented life, showing how God awakens us to the truth about us, and the truth about him, as we embark on the journey he lays out for each of us.
Author: Leo Tolstoy
The Kingdom of God Is Within You is the non-fiction magnum opus of Leo Tolstoy. The book was first published in Germany in after being banned in his home country of Russia. It is the culmination of thirty years of Tolstoy's Christian anarchist thinking, and lays out a new organization for society based on a literal Christian interpretation. The title of the book is taken from Luke 17:21. In the book Tolstoy speaks of the principle of non-violent resistance when confronted by violence, as taught by Jesus Christ. When Christ says to turn the other cheek, Tolstoy asserts that Christ means to abolish violence, even the defensive kind, and to give up revenge. Tolstoy rejects the interpretation of Roman and medieval scholars who attempted to limit its scope. "How can you kill people, when it is written in God’s commandment: ‘Thou shalt not murder’?” Tolstoy took the viewpoint that all governments who waged war are an affront to Christian principles. As the Russian Orthodox Church was—at the time—an organization merged with the Russian state and fully supporting state's policy, Tolstoy sought to separate its teachings from what he believed to be the true gospel of Christ, specifically the Sermon on the Mount. Tolstoy advocated non-violence as a solution to nationalist woes and as a means for seeing the hypocrisy of the church. In reading Jesus' words in the Gospels, Tolstoy notes that the modern church is a heretical creation: "Nowhere nor in anything, except in the assertion of the Church, can we find that God or Christ founded anything like what churchmen understand by the Church.”
Spirituality, Meditation, and Health
Author: Thomas G. Plante
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
This groundbreaking primer illuminates contemplative methods that can improve mental and physical health. * Foreword by renowned author and scholar Huston Smith, subject of the five-part PBS special, The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith * Contributions from 13 expert authors * Case studies showing how contemplative practices are being used to cope with modern stress and disorders among groups as diverse as caregivers, pregnant women, people living with HIV, and veterans dealing with PTSD
Author: Hedley Beare
Publisher: John Garratt Publishing
At a time when writers such as Richard Dawkins question the very existence of God, let alone a God was any personal relationship with human beings, is prayer possible, and can it have any meaning for today? Grounded in a life-times experience and study of spirituality and prayer, Hedley Beare has produced a fresh account of what prayer is in the 21st century and how to give it a central place in one's everyday life. God-in-the-Moment provides a new synthesis of the thought of modern philosophers and scientist with the measured wisdom of Christian teachers of prayer through out history. Available May 2008
Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good?
Author: Rhett Smith
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Is anxiety “un-Christian”? Many Christians believe the answer to this question is yes! Understandably, then, many Christians feel shame when they are anxious. They especially feel this shame when well-intentioned fellow believers dismiss or devalue anxiety with Christian platitudes and Bible verses. Rhett Smith, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, helps us understand anxiety in a new way. Rhett argues that, rather than being destructive or shameful, anxiety can be a catalyst for our spiritual growth. Using Biblical thinking and personal examples, Rhett explains how anxiety allows us to face our resistance and fears, understand where those fears come from, and then make intentional decisions about issues such as career, marriage, money, and our spiritual lives. Allow this book to challenge your view of anxiety, and allow God to use your anxiety for good.
A guide to mindful discipleship
Author: Joanna Collicutt,Roger Bretherton
Publisher: Monarch Books
Connection to Self and God
Author: Katherine Thompson
Publisher: Acorn Press
Psychologist and mental health worker Katherine Thompson shows how therapeutic mindfulness can be practised in ways that are consistent with a Christian worldview. By drawing on the church's rich tradition, she includes Christian mindfulness exercises that can be used to enrich our prayer lives, draw near to God and grow in Christlikeness.
The Heart of Christian Contemplation
Author: Phileena Heuertz
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Our fast-paced lives are filled with distractions, frequently leaving us disillusioned and dissatisfied—with ourselves, with others, and even with God. Spiritual practices that used to sustain us fall short when life circumstances bring us to the limits of our self. After many years leading an international humanitarian organization, Phileena Heuertz experienced the deconstruction of her identity, worldview, and faith. Centering prayer, a Christian expression of mindfulness, was a crucial remedy for her fragmented condition, offering a more peace-filled and purposeful life. The hallmarks of contemplative spirituality—solitude, silence, and stillness—have never been more important for our society: In solitude, we develop the capacity to be present. In silence, we cultivate the ability to listen. In stillness, we acquire the skill of self-control. Contemplative prayer helps us discern the voice of God, uncover our true self, and live a life of meaning and purpose. Filled with insights and wisdom from personal experiences, Phileena introduces us to themes and teachers of contemplative spirituality, as well as several prayer practices, and invites us to greater healing and wholeness by learning to practice faith through prayer. This is an opportunity to go deeper with God—to experience the Divine and be transformed.
Yoga and Mindfulness for Black Women Who Follow the Christ
Author: Brooke Brimm
Demystifying yoga and mindfulness for Black women who have traditionally followed Jesus the Christ. It celebrates the Spiritual Journey of Black women, thus far, and offers an expanded practice through yoga and mindfulness.
The Prayer of the Heart
Author: Peter Tyler
Publisher: SCM Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Beginning with an exploration of the practice of mindfulness in its Buddhist origins, Peter Tyler reflects on the practical use of mindfulness, its place within the Christian tradition of prayer, and its future within the Christian tradition.