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Review of Putting On The Wakeful One via @educationpriest

 

Please see below for an attentive review of my latest book on watchfulness by Father Richard Peers Director of Education for Liverpool Diocese…

Review of Putting On The Wakeful One: attuning to the Spirit of Jesus through Watchfulness

‘Like coming home’ my review of @briandraperuk’s new book Soulfulness

 

A link to my review of Brian Draper’s new book ‘Soulfulness: deepening the mindful life’, via the Baptist Times

a review of Brian Draper’s new book Soulfulness via the Baptist Times

I’ve reviewed Tim Stead’s Mindfulness & Christian Spirituality via @BaptistTimes

 

Please click on the link below to go to the Baptist Times website to read my review of Tim Stead’s new book…

my review of Tim Stead’s new book Mindfulness & Christian Spirituality via @BaptistTimes

An attentive review of Putting On The Wakeful One via wordsmith @richardlittleda

an attentive review of Putting On The Wakeful One my new book

The above link is to a review of Putting On The Wakeful One, my new book, by author, minister and broadcaster Richard Littledale…

‘The book is bulging with insights fascinating enough to draw the reader in and stimulating enough to trouble that reader after the covers are closed.’

 

Book review of P Gregg Blanton’s ‘Mind Over Marriage’ – neuroscience and contemplation

Here is a link to my review of P Gregg Blanton’s book ‘Mind Over Marriage’ which brings together neuroscience and contemplation via The Baptist Times Online http://www.baptist.org.uk/Articles/423638/Mind_Over_Marriage.aspx

Review of Matthew Hollis’s biography of WW 1 poet Edward Thomas

Review of Matthew Hollis’s biography of WW 1 poet Edward Thomas

Here is a link to my review of Matthew Hollis’s biography of WW 1 poet Edward Thomas, ‘Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas’, published by Faber & Faber. A must-read in this year, the 100th anniversary of World War 1.

How ecstatic writing becomes ecstatic reading and #mindful moments

I have been reading Julian Hoffman’s ‘the small heart of things – being at home in a beckoning world.’ It is a book full of epiphanies, the opening up of time to insight, understanding and a sense of unity.

One such moment occurred reading his description of seeing a pod of dolphins in a chapter entitled ‘An Accumulation of Light’. An accumulation of light is a good description of an epiphany. I don’t want to quote the whole section, because I want you to buy the whole book. But I do want to share two sentences which brings to an ecstatic climax the writer’s epiphany, but which also became an epiphany for me.

As he watches the dolphins he says, ‘I later realised how time had dissolved while we watched the dolphins. Past and future, and all the weight they carry, had folded into one clear, immeasurable moment.’

In the moment that I read this, and the moment still resonates with me, I was aware of the thoughts and feelings I was carrying, rooted in the past and the future, and how heavy those thoughts and feeling were. And then I realised I could let them go. This was an intuitively natural mindful moment.

To become aware how heavy the thoughts and feelings can be that are ruminating or worrying about the past and future is a great gift. Because then we can put them down. The lightness of being is in the present moment.

In poetic terms what Julian writes is what Edward Thomas, the nature poet, would call a ‘thought-moment.’ Edward Thomas was once called an ‘ecstatic walker.’ Julian Hoffman gets his inspiration from ecstatic walking, and in a mysterious process of alchemy, his nature writing becomes ecstatic writing. Ecstatic writing can become ecstatic reading.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Small-Heart-Things-Association-Nonfiction/dp/0820345563/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391174772&sr=1-1&keywords=julian+hoffman