Saturday, November 18, 2017

Life in the Presence of God by Kenneth Boa

Now I've read a couple of books on the topic of "hearing from God" such as Dallas Willard's Hearing God, John Eldredge's Walking with God, and many more. This book, however, is a more holistic one where it talks about how we can, like the famous Brother Lawrence, be more aware of the presence of God in our day to day living.

The author mentions that one of the reasons why he wrote this book was that even though there are many similar books out there, there are precious few that give practical steps to take on how to live in God's presence. They are usually more abstract and theoretical.

I have used some of the tips in the book and found them immensely helpful.

One of which was from the chapter, "Rewiring Your Mind" which involved writing a verse down on a small piece of paper (I chose Philippians 4:6-8) and then reading it at various moments throughout the day to be aware of God's voice in one's life. 

In addition, another similar activity I did was taken out of Chapter 8, "Reorganising Your Time", which reminds us that the time we have on earth is fleeting. I copied down the following on a piece of paper and reflected upon it throughout the day, when I felt the urge to scan my phone for social media updates, even after deleting Instagram and Facebook from my phone. This made me more aware of the limited time I have in this life and I'd recommend this practice for everyone too!

The verse is from James 4:13-15 and reads,

"Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."

Out of all the practices suggested in the book, I've only just implemented 2 and I've felt such a significant change in my life these past two weeks. I felt calmer, more aware and mindful of my surroundings and purpose in life.

If I had but one criticism, it would be that I felt that the last couple of chapters were slightly unnecessary. It made the book a little longer than it ought to be, but I guess the author still had much to say.

Overall, it's a pretty decent and easy-to-read book and there are plenty more tips in the book apart from the ones I've mentioned. I'd recommend anyone curious to know how to live life in the presence of God to read it.

Disclaimer: The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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