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Publication Date: 17 Mar 2016
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 168
Author: Tim Stead
ISBN-13: 9780281074860, 9780281074877, 9780281080786

Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality

By Tim Stead
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Summary
May I be safe and protected.
May I be at peace in mind and body.
May I live with ease and kindness.
(Kindness practice, p. 120)

We can all engage with such longings – and wish these good things for the people we love. Mindfulness practice is hugely popular these days! But what, Tim Stead asks, does it have to offer Christianity? How might it help us to transform the way we manage stress and open up more completely to the promised ‘life in all its fullness’?

Key is the definition of mindfulness as being more fully aware of our own experience in the present moment in a non-judgmental way. The author finds that ‘distractions’, so often the bane of those trying to pray, can be taken note of without our being caught up in or taken over by them. A non-judgemental approach seems entirely consistent with talk of grace, and as Christians we know we can only ever experience God in the present moment. Tim reflects:‘If I feel loved entirely without judgment, I will gradually dare to allow every aspect of myself to come into the light of God’s gaze and so into relationship with the rest of myself – and this is how healing comes.’

‘The book on mindfulness that many of us have been waiting for! Tim Stead writes with disarming honesty for anyone seeking a fruitful and truthful way to live.’
John Pritchard, former Bishop of Oxford

‘A fascinating and insightful examination of the links between the Christian contemplative tradition and the stress-reducing mindfulness programme developed by Professor Mark Williams and others. I learned so much from reading this book and strongly recommend it.’
Michael Mosley, award winning BBC author, science journalist and presenter

‘The popularity of mindfulness in our time is a reminder that the ancient contemplative practices of attentiveness and stillness are needed more than ever. Tim Stead suggests that the practice of mindfulness brings gifts to Christian faith and living. It is more than just another therapy – it makes space for God.’
David Runcorn, author of Spirituality Workbook
About the Author
Tim Stead has been an ordained Anglican priest for 20 years and is currently Vicar of Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry, Oxford. He is an accredited mindfulness teacher with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches their eight-week MBCT course as well as running mindfulness courses and retreats in the parish and for clergy in the diocese.
Press Reviews

A fascinating and insightful examination of the links between the Christian contemplative tradition and the stress-reducing mindfulness programme developed by Professor Mark Williams and others. I learned so much from reading this book and strongly recommend it.

- Michael Mosley, award winning BBC author, science journalist and presenter

Reading Tim Stead’s new book Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality is a bit like listening to bird song before dawn. As you listen to the overall song different voices start to emerge and a sense of peace begins to alight on you . . . Some of [this writing] is among the best I have read anywhere.

- Shaun Lambert, author of A Book of Sparks – A Study in Christian MindFullness

This is a stimulating book in its attempt to integrate mindfulness practice – which is originally derived from eastern, Buddhist spirituality – with our western, Christian heritage. Stead shows hour Christian thinking and spiritual practice can be enriched by mindful wisdom, leading to a deeper openness and fuller experience of God’s grace. This book is for people who like to think outside of the book and for those who are looking to enhance their spiritual practice.

- Birgit Ewald

Highly recommended.

- Church of England Newspaper

The book on mindfulness that many of us have been waiting for! Tim Stead writes with disarming honesty for anyone seeking a fruitful and truthful way to live.

- John Pritchard, former Bishop of Oxford

The popularity of mindfulness in our time is a reminder that the ancient contemplative practices of attentiveness and stillness are needed more than ever. Tim Stead suggests that the practice of mindfulness brings gifts to Christian faith and living. It is more than just another therapy – it makes space for God.

- David Runcorn, author of Spirituality Workbook

This book is measured and gracious in its argument. It leaves each one of us asking: How am I to find Godly peace in a climate of religious activism and be energised for and by both, if God is to be my Lord and my Friend and my Saviour.

- Michael Dublin and Glendalough

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