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30 review for Christian Meditation: What the Bible Teaches About Meditation and Spiritual Exercises

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Watkins

    This is a great book showing the difference between Christian meditation and other eastern forms of meditation. The first chapter primary deals with transcendental meditation and its Hindu origins. The follow chapters deal with what Christian meditation is and isn’t. The final chapter has several practical helps for practicing Christian meditation. As a former practicer of forms of meditation that I thought were secular but actually had roots in eastern mysticism I found this incredibly helpful. This is a great book showing the difference between Christian meditation and other eastern forms of meditation. The first chapter primary deals with transcendental meditation and its Hindu origins. The follow chapters deal with what Christian meditation is and isn’t. The final chapter has several practical helps for practicing Christian meditation. As a former practicer of forms of meditation that I thought were secular but actually had roots in eastern mysticism I found this incredibly helpful. A book with the same premise that dealt with popular contemporary forms of meditation would be great.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I had to struggle not to put this down. Christian Meditation was written at a time when the world was opening up to inter-religious and ecumenical dialogue. I didn't expect him to support other forms of meditation, but I also didn't expect him to be quite as negative as he was. Unfortunately I felt like the negativity permeated the book. Clowney's "Christian Meditation" is an excellent example of why people want nothing to do with Christianity in the modern world. Even as a committed Anglican I I had to struggle not to put this down. Christian Meditation was written at a time when the world was opening up to inter-religious and ecumenical dialogue. I didn't expect him to support other forms of meditation, but I also didn't expect him to be quite as negative as he was. Unfortunately I felt like the negativity permeated the book. Clowney's "Christian Meditation" is an excellent example of why people want nothing to do with Christianity in the modern world. Even as a committed Anglican I couldn't stomach the language he used - true or not. I wanted to drop it into a fire and run in the opposite direction. I will not be recommending this book to anyone in the future.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joe Earle

    Some of the best 100 pages available on the topic of Biblical meditation.

  4. 4 out of 5

    BJ

    A good book contrasting transcendental meditation with biblical meditation. Though it was published in 1979 its relevance continues with thought-leaders, media headlines and evangelicals fascination with therapeutic forms of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. In my view, not all those practices are inherently unbiblical, but it was refreshing to hear an exegetical take on the stark differences between eastern mysticism and Christian faith.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Deeply theological. Written in 1979 in direct response to the rise of Transcendental Meditation, it serves as a thorough examination of the differences between TM and Christian Meditation. A worthy read but to be taken in small doses. This book on Christian Meditation requires in itself much rumination. The last nine pages provides several very practical ideas for Christian Meditation and are almost a reward and relief after getting through the previous ninety pages.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Chavedo

    Lays a great Biblical foundation for the need, desire, cause of and focus of Christian meditation. He begins by showing that worldview is at the center of how one practices meditation. Deep breathing and trying to empty oneself of all consciousness are two different things entirely. Christian meditation and “eastern” meditation are mutually exclusive, practiced in different ways with drastically different aims. It is not an easy read, but at only 99 pages, it is quite insightful.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alex Lomangino

    I really enjoyed this book. You'll read various forms of refutations for non christian meditation. These are helpful but weren't really my interest in reading the book. Clowney shines with his canonical and redemptive historical look at Christian meditation. He also has a lot to say about the reality of a God-centered piety. The end of the book includes helpful steps for how to begin a meditating on the wonders of Christ. I really enjoyed this book. You'll read various forms of refutations for non christian meditation. These are helpful but weren't really my interest in reading the book. Clowney shines with his canonical and redemptive historical look at Christian meditation. He also has a lot to say about the reality of a God-centered piety. The end of the book includes helpful steps for how to begin a meditating on the wonders of Christ.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gregg

    Clowney was a mentor of Tim Keller. This book was written in 1979 and partly in response to the upswing of Transcendental Meditation, or what Clowney refers to as "cosmic" meditation. A reflection on what the Bible has to say about meditation Clowney was a mentor of Tim Keller. This book was written in 1979 and partly in response to the upswing of Transcendental Meditation, or what Clowney refers to as "cosmic" meditation. A reflection on what the Bible has to say about meditation

  9. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    A very good book on Christian Meditation centering on who God is and what He has done as it is revealed in His Holy Bible. A great little read :-).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sean-david

    Excellent!

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    Ty Kieser

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nate

  13. 4 out of 5

    Colin Spackman

  14. 4 out of 5

    Moses Flores

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jaeden

  16. 4 out of 5

    T.K.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell Lingard

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Hurst

  19. 5 out of 5

    David Chang

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maya

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marcus Reid

  22. 4 out of 5

    Duncan McDougall

  23. 4 out of 5

    Drew Bennett

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gordon Leidner

  25. 4 out of 5

    Freeman Thangaraj

  26. 5 out of 5

    cody bailey

  27. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Ann

  28. 4 out of 5

    Danielw

  29. 4 out of 5

    James

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ben

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