An essay about the practice of Christian meditation.
I really should stop saying yes when asked if I want to review books like Finding Inner Peace During Troubled Times, because I just keep finding theological bones to pick with foundation suppositions. But I really am interested in the topic of Christian meditation because I think we have a lot to learn about the discipline of focusing our minds on God.
Sadly, this slim volume (really just an essay, and not even a very long one), contains some truly troublesome passages, like this one:
God’s love comes from within. Within God’s love are the seeds for inner peace. When God helps us find our soul through love and we share that love with others, He is showing us a path to follow in our search for inner peace.
There is nothing remotely Christian about this statement. In orthodox Christian theology, God’s love doesn’t come from within. God expressed His love by intervening in history to send a Savior to bear the sins of the world. There’s no mention here of focusing on God’s provision for us, just some general platitudes about letting God’s love fill our hearts. It just doesn’t go deep enough for me, and as such is indistinguishable from any other self-help book on the market.
Many thanks to The B&B Media Group for the review copy.