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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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this practical and easy read, Stone guides the reader through ancient Christian practices that align the mind with the incarnation of the human heart through the profound yet simple practice of holy noticing. The spiritual discipline of mindfully noticing the presence of God strengthens the capacity for emotional regulation, conscious decision-making, insight, and empathy, bringing more balance, harmony, and well-being into daily life. Kudos to Stone for his BREATHe model, an important Rule of Life for those that desire a deep and transformative relationship with Christ.
This book takes the recently popular concept of mindfulness and translates it for the thoughtful Christian. Mindfulness is an ancient Christian spiritual discipline, not just a pagan one. This book gives the Christian history of mindfulness, which the author calls "holy noticing" and also the current scientific research. Mindfulness practices (holy noticing) can rewire our brains in a positive direction and help Christians become more like Christ. I enjoyed both the science, history and Biblical insights in this book. My concern is that the practice the author suggests is a bit too complicated There are seven components he suggests that readers focus on. As I read each chapter, I could see how each component is useful, but trying to implement all of them would be overwhelming to the average person. This book would be most useful for pastors, spiritual advisors, and Christian counselors as they work with individuals. I received a complementary advanced copy of this book from the publisher on NetGally.
I had no idea that there are so many books on mindfulness. Holy Noticing is the first one that I have read. I found it encouraging, easy to read, instructional and very practical. Stone clearly communicates concepts to increase focused attention and be present in the moment. I appreciated the step by step examples of slowing down using brief prayers and verses from Scripture. There is also bonus content available online. Learning to be mindful takes practice, but as a beginner, I have already begun to notice small changes. I easily recommend this book to anyone who would like to become more purposeful in making choices in daily life. I received a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are mine.