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Holy Noticing: The Bible, Your Brain, and the Mindful Space Between Moments

Holy Noticing: The Bible, Your Brain, and the Mindful Space Between Moments

by Charles Stone


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Does your life ever feel like one series of rushed moments after another?

Do you want to feel more present and connected to those you love? Do you want to be able to listen without thinking the whole time of what you’re going to say next? Do you want to feel less distracted, less busy, and more whole? Most of us spend our distracted lives longing to get to the next, better moment and fail to notice the present one. We lack space between one task and the next, one thought and the next, one email and the next. Social media, TV, work deadlines, and family stress steal our enjoyment and engagement in the moment.

Holy Noticing will teach you how to:

  • become more aware of your thoughts, emotions, and environment
  • recognize Christ’s presence in the moment
  • reduce your stress by developing the ability to focus on God and people rather than tasks

Many today think mindfulness is dangerous, unchristian, or associated with Eastern religions—and often it is! But Dr. Charles Stone reveals that the art of holy noticing—purposefully paying attention to God as he works in us, our relationships, and our world—is a spiritual discipline Christians have practiced for millennia. Holy Noticing explores the historically Christian and biblical roots of this lifestyle, as well as Dr. Stone’s BREATHe model, which teaches you to be more engaged with Christ in the everyday moments that too often slip right by us.

Discover the lost spiritual discipline of holy noticing today and learn to engage the world like Christ.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802418579
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 540,923
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

DR. CHARLES STONE (M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary) has served for 37 years in ministry, 24 of those years as a senior pastor. He currently pastors West Park Church in London, Ontario, Canada, a multicultural congregation with over 1,000 attendees. He founded StoneWell Ministries to serve pastors and churches through coaching and consulting. Many of his articles have been featured in magazines such as Outreach, Leadership Journal, REV, New Man, and In Touch and his blog posts have appeared on sites such as Pastors.com, SermonCentral.com, ChurchCentral.com, and Churchleaders.com. Charles and his wife Sherryl have been married for 36 years and have three adult children.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Spiritual and Practical Benefits of Holy Noticing 11

Part 1 Noticing With A Holy Purpose

1 What Mindfulness Is, What It's Not, and Why It Matters 29

2 How the Bible and Church History Support This Ancient Spiritual Discipline 49

3 The BREATHe Model: The Six Bible-Based Practices of Holy Noticing 65

Part 2 "Looking Up and Out": God, His Handiwork, and Our Relationships

4 Practice One: Ponder and Yield Your Body 81

5 Practice Two: Review and Renew Your Relationships 97

6 Practice Three: Notice and Engage Your Environment 109

Part 3 "Looking In": Our Inner World of Thoughts and Feelings

7 Practice Four: Label and Release Your Afflictive Emotions (Affect) 129

8 Practice Five: Observe and Submit Your Thoughts 147

9 Practice Six: Search and Surrender Your Heart 163

Conclusion: Engage the World like Christ 177

Appendix A A Full BREATHe Session 187

Appendix B How Holy Noticing Affects Your Brain 199

Acknowledgments 211

Notes 213

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