Seeing Is Believing: Experience Jesus through Imaginative Prayer

Seeing Is Believing: Experience Jesus through Imaginative Prayer

by Gregory A. Boyd

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Overview

One of the most common problems with Christians in our modern secularized world is that they don't feel the reality of Jesus. Sure, they believe in him and love him, but he somehow doesn't seem to enter their daily lives in a real sense. Some might say, "You ought to pray more." Others would advise, "You ought to witness more." While this may be true, we don't get closer to God just because we "ought to."
Boyd believes that the way to true spiritual transformation and feeling the presence of God in your life comes from a little R and R: rest and reality. Boyd encourages readers to stop striving and learn to rest in an experience of Jesus as real. The best way to do this, he says, is through imaginative prayer. Experiencing Jesus will teach readers how to use God's gracious gift of creative imagination to know him better and feel his presence in their daily lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585583447
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,129,365
File size: 628 KB

About the Author

Gregory A. Boydis senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church of St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of eleven books, including the best-selling Gold Medallion award winner, Letters from a Skeptic.
Gregory A. Boyd (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary), formerly professor of theology at Bethel University, is senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, where average attendance has grown to 5,000 since he helped plant the church in 1992. He is the author of many books, including the critically acclaimed Seeing Is Believing and the best-selling Gold Medallion Award-winner Letters from a Skeptic. He is also coauthor of The Jesus Legend.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments9
Introduction11
Part 1The Foundation: Growing by Resting
1.The Futility of the "Try Harder" Solution21
2.The Pattern of This World33
3.Four Aspects of the Flesh39
4.Overcoming the Flesh53
Part 2Experiencing Jesus
5.The Power of Imagination71
6.Imaginative Prayer in Scripture and Church Tradition81
7.Resting in Christ97
8.Healing Memories115
9.But What About ...?127
Part 3From One Degree of Glory to Another
10.You Become What You See: Growing in the Fruit of Love143
11.Jesus Throws a Party: Growing in the Fruit of Joy159
12.Jesus Closes the Terrified Eyes: Growing in the Fruit of Peace175
AppendixBut Is It for You? Answering Questions about Imaginative Prayer191
Notes209

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