This is about not inviting our Father in schedule moments but fully inviting Him into our lives, every waking moment and letting Him shine in and through us to the world. I really enjoy reading this book and fear that by the time I finish re-reading it, more than just a few times, that it will be highlighted, creased, notes written in the corner, references and more. Sep 07, Josh Morgan rated it it was amazing. This review originally appeared on my blog, Jacob's Cafe. As many people who know me well know, I love spiritual formation and exploring the spiritual disciplines.
Present Perfect: Finding God in the Now
However, I also have a lot of criticism for most of the disciplines. My favorite has been the practice of the presence of God, particularly made famous by Brother Lawrence's book of the same name. That made me very excited to have the opportunity to review Gregory Boyd's Present Perfect: Finding God in the Now, made possible through a This review originally appeared on my blog, Jacob's Cafe. Finding God in the Now, made possible through a complimentary copy from Zondervan. While I was familiar with the former, I was not aware the latter two authors contributed to this little-known discipline.
Rather then a rehash of what practicing the presence of God is and how to live living in the present out, Boyd does a nice job of taking it to the next level. He explores the ways it can be beneficial in a modern era and also many of the modern hindrances to this practice. This approach makes the book very useful to people already familiar with the discipline and concept of living in the present.
Further, Boyd's writing is very accessible, making it much easier to digest and interact with than old translations of Brother Lawrence's tome. Boyd also takes a bit of a twist on the practice of the presence of God, emphasizing staying present as a way to accomplishing experiencing God's presence.
This is an excellent approach, biblically, psychologically, and sociologically. Particularly in modern times, we are living in the past or the future, neither of which are where God is, as Boyd states. We need to remember to live in the now much more frequently. That is where we find God. There are plenty of hindrances to living in the present, many of which are psychological and which Boyd addresses quite well that may be a topic for a future blog post. Presenting living in the present in such a hope-filled, life-enhancing way, Boyd encourages the readers to really struggle with themselves and with God in order to truly engage more effectively.
Additionally, the focus on staying present fits well with a lot of pop psychology, pop spirituality, and even true clinical psychology. Staying grounded in the moment is actually a clinical technique and a very good, effective one. Intentionally or not, Boyd capitalizes on this trend and shows how it can be used to enhance our spirituality.
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Once again, psychology and spirituality need not be in conflict, but rather mutually supportive. I highly recommend Present Perfect for both people struggling spiritually and who also want to grow spiritually. It's also one of the few books that explores an incarnational view of spirituality. Sep 18, Greg Dill rated it it was amazing Shelves: When I purchased "Present Perfect" I was unaware that it was a book about a specific spiritual discipline.
This deviates quite nicely from Boyd's usual style of writing, in that it is not information or theology driven. Present Perfect in a nutshell is a book about becoming aware waking up and staying attuned to God's presence in and around you at every present moment of your life. Admittedly, this is no easy task, but is something to be practiced and grown into on a daily basis. Boyd extracts the teachings of this discipline from three primary authors: Jean-Pierre de Caussade, Frank Labauch, and Brother Lawrence and brings them together very nicely for the average laymen to understand.
I believe, as does Boyd, that this awareness is the key to lasting joy, confidence, and fulfillment in the Christian's life. If you sense something missing in your walk with Christ and your soul is longing for something more, perhaps this is it And, now is the time to learn how to become aware of Him who loves us. I highly recommend it. Sep 29, Trevor Lloyd rated it liked it Shelves: A book about trying to put into practice the discipline famously encouraged by Brother Lawrence of Practising the Presence of God. It is really about how to aim to stay awake to God's presence moment by moment.
Asserts that practising the presence of God is the most important spiritual discipline we can practise. Involves moment-by-moment decisions to surrender to lordship of Christ and reject various idol A book about trying to put into practice the discipline famously encouraged by Brother Lawrence of Practising the Presence of God. Involves moment-by-moment decisions to surrender to lordship of Christ and reject various idols, which keep us in the flesh i. Refusing to live in past and future where we often go to bolster our sense of worth and significance but to live in the present with God.
Possible for this to become religious, intense, super-spiritual; but I think that he is mindful of those dangers and discourages them. Not doing this out of guilt and keeping it 'light-hearted' is some of its best bits of advice. I would question that the present moment is the only reality, but I understand what he means. I am not sure I would connect this practice to lordship as he does because I can live under the rule of a king and still not always be conscious of that king.
I'd relate it less to rule and more to relationship. Jan 20, EJ rated it it was amazing Shelves: All too often we compartmentalize our lives. Relationships, work, play,academic learning,faith. God gets put into a box with a limited amount of time. Hes on our to do list and somehow we expect to feel spiritually accomplished once we check that time off only to be surprisingly spiritually thirsty.
Greg Boyd addresses what life is like to live each day, each moment with Christ. Boyd backs up his points with sc All too often we compartmentalize our lives. Boyd backs up his points with scripture. He then encourages change with applicable exercises that help to guide and educate the reader on this practice of being with God.
This book has put words to what my heart has been trying to articulate all my years as a Christian. After reading it once I am now on my second read, this time slower to truly absorb what this book offers. Boyd addresses the confusion with New Age practices vs Christian meditation. At the end of this book Boyd points out the differences between the New Age mind set of being "one with life" and the Christian practice of being with God moment by moment. Whether you are a Christian or not I believe this book is more than worth while.
It is one I will come back to again and again. Aug 20, Nathan Eilers rated it it was amazing Shelves: The New Testament makes clear that the Christian is to walk by the Spirit, not by the flesh, but what I had wanted for a while was a way to carry this out.
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Jesus' work is complete, I knew, but how do I live by the Spirit moment by moment? In this powerful and short book, Boyd provides an answer: Here is the perfect balance of my effort and God's work. By inviting God into everything I do, I allow His power to flow through me to others so that His will may be done. Bo The New Testament makes clear that the Christian is to walk by the Spirit, not by the flesh, but what I had wanted for a while was a way to carry this out. Boyd's book is refreshingly practical. He gives many suggestions and methods.
I loved the quotations in the book too. If I were to live out what this book teaches, I would carry out the will of God while having peace and showing His love to others. Oct 03, Alan rated it really liked it. This book confirms what has been happening in my own spiritual journey over the last year or so. I got tired of relgion and spirituality as a set of beliefs. I have been seeking to experience God in relationship rather than ideas and belief systems. Boyd's book gives some practical exercises that have helped me even more in my quest to be in relationship with God.
He has confirmed my hunches and experiences of hearing from God directly. My only challenge to the author is his assertion that the o This book confirms what has been happening in my own spiritual journey over the last year or so. My only challenge to the author is his assertion that the only thing important is NOW, not the past and not the future. Though true, there is so much baggage from our past that must be dealt with to be able to experience the present and God in the present. I think he missed something big here.
Mar 12, Eric rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is close to C. Lewis' Mere Christianity in how good it is. He cites 3 men who have practiced the presence of God, and encourages us in each chapter how we can do this. His chapter on death is outstanding. We fear death so much because we live in the future and the past. We fear having a life of mediocrity, and constantly evaluate and judge. He states to focus on God now at this present moment. This discipline of practicing God's presence now is the first thing all Christians should do This book is close to C.
This discipline of practicing God's presence now is the first thing all Christians should do in my opinion. If we want to be disciples using the terminology in John, we abide to the vine. Practicing the presence is the first step to praying unceasingly, and prayer strengthens our attachment to the vine.
Mar 28, Brittany rated it it was amazing. Just what the description says… This book opens up your eyes to the realization that Jesus is present right now… And 10 seconds from this moment of you reading… He still there. In reading this last paragraph, how much did you think about God, and that He's present right beside you, closer than the breath in your lungs?
This book really presses you and challenges you to open up your eyes, to feel, t Just what the description says… This book opens up your eyes to the realization that Jesus is present right now… And 10 seconds from this moment of you reading… He still there. This book really presses you and challenges you to open up your eyes, to feel, to understand, to revel in the fact that Jesus is in our lives presently and always. Another book of mine, that I would read over, and over, and over so that it would sink in… His presence around me presently, and how much He loves me.
Jul 25, Jamin Bradley rated it it was amazing. What I love about Greg Boyd is that he hits on a lot of topics I've never really thought about or heard addressed. This book does just that. Now you may find it to be a bit repetitive throughout, but Boyd points that out at the beginning. He's not trying to offer tons of new ideas every chapter, he's trying to deepen our understanding of what he's trying to say.
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He makes lots of good points and leaves you with a desire to learn how to practice the presence of God. If you read this book just to rea What I love about Greg Boyd is that he hits on a lot of topics I've never really thought about or heard addressed. If you read this book just to read a book, it will do nothing. If you put this book into practice, it should very much change your life and Boyd gives great reasons as to why that is. May 29, Joanna rated it really liked it. Boyd's thoughts about the nature of religion vs the power of personal relationship, especially as enumerated in Repenting of Religion, have been thought-provoking and paradigm shifting for me.
This book delivered more of the same. His emphasis on allowing our awareness of God's presence within each moment is presented in a fresh way I didn't expect. Although, my one critique is that I feel his approach to "practicing the presence" is a bit too removed from reading the Word, there were yet many d Boyd's thoughts about the nature of religion vs the power of personal relationship, especially as enumerated in Repenting of Religion, have been thought-provoking and paradigm shifting for me.
Although, my one critique is that I feel his approach to "practicing the presence" is a bit too removed from reading the Word, there were yet many disciplines and thought patterns that can bring freedom and build faith, when practiced with a good understanding of who God has revealed himself to be in Scripture. Jul 05, Crystal rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this book as part of a group blogging project over at bibledude. From page one, it made me really analyze the way I live my life and made me realize that I'm not as awake as I think I am. Check out lots of thoughts about the book here: Apr 16, James rated it really liked it Shelves: I liked this book because it includes a variety of prayer exercises and helps you both cultivate an awareness of God's presence and work in the world and a sensitivity to where God's leading and the sort of heart we should have for others.
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