M Taylor posted an update 5 months, 2 weeks ago
“Christian Meditation” by Joshua Knabb is a great read for anyone interested in combining Christianity with meditation. For far too long the Christian community has shied away from meditation, incorrectly labeling it as always connected to Eastern religions. Around 230 pages, the book addresses many topics, including:
– The increase in mindfulness (being full engaged and present where you are) the past few years.
– Differences between secular and Christian literature.
– Comparing and contrasting meditation in the Christian, Buddhist, and secular schools of thought.
– The four steps of Christian meditation.
– Being rooted in God’s love for us means we do not need to be swayed by what goes on in the world (i.e., just because everyone else is losing their mind doesn’t mean you have to lose yours!).
– The relationship between emotional clarity and deepening contentment.
– Patterns seen in the lament psalms in the Book of Psalms.
– The Examen (taking time to reflect on seeing God in our everyday life).
– The Christian struggle with legalism.
After reading this book, here’s what Iike:
– Very good introduction so the reader can understand the book’s content and the author’s goal.
– While an academic read, the book is very practical and full of good biblical insights.
– Smooth flow from chapter to chapter.
– Covers a wide variety of relevant topics.
– Helpful practical exercises and thought-provoking questions.
While the book is targeted towards graduate students in the therapy, I can see where this title is helpful for those in any of the helping professions or for personal study. Highly recommended and will be read more deeply and slowly in the future. I was given a review copy by IVP in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.