Yes, but how? This new book, A Book of Sparks; a Study in Christian MindFULLness, comes out of one man’s personal journey of transformation. Shaun Lambert weaves the ancient disciplines of contemplation with his modern understanding of psychology and mindfulness to unlock a Biblical wisdom. Transformation comes through what Shaun calls ‘mindFullness’, the practice of being filled with the awareness of the presence of God.
A Book of Sparks is a 40 day devotional book that invites us to track the story of Jesus from beginning to end in a new way, learning to pay attention wherever we are, using Mark’s gospel and the reality of the 21st century world around us. Examining the watchfulness modelled by Jesus, the book demonstrates how God can transform us as we learn to notice Him and pay attention through the development of our own watchfulness.
Key contemplative practices which help us to track God, such as the Jesus Prayer and Lectio Divina are highlighted. At the heart of the book is the goal of helping you move from doing to being through mindful reading and other practices. Central insights of psychological mindfulness are incorporated into the book. Lyrical and episodic we are encouraged to enter into the present moment as we read.
It is being used by individuals, in small groups, on retreats and as a reading book for Lent in churches.
With a foreword by Simon Walker, the book also has heavy weight endorsements. For example, Mark Woods, consulting editor, The Methodist Recorder and formerly editor, The Baptist Times, writes; ‘Shaun Lambert is both intellectually and spiritually acute, and brings these resources to bear on some of the unexamined assumptions we carry with us in church and society. This book is full of wisdom.’
Pregnant and provocative, this book offers a way of transformation through a focus on one Gospel, spiritual practices and a Christian perspective on mindfulness.