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The Mindful Christian

Cultivating a Life of Intentionality, Openness, and Faith
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Mindfulness can help you live more joyfully and wholeheartedly in the world God created. The Mindful Christian provides readers with an overview of mindfulness practice through the lens of faith, showing how the ancient healing practice of mindfulness can help them live more joyfully and wholeheartedly. For Christians who are experiencing emotional pain, spiritual lethargy, or feelings of disconnection--or for Christians who are simply curious about how mindfulness can fit with their lives and their faith--this book will help them learn about and engage mindfulness practices in ways that leave them more compassionate, joyful, content, and at peace with themselves--and with God. The book offers easy-to-do mindfulness practices that will impact daily activities and relationships--empowering readers with the benefits of mindfulness for their emotional, spiritual, and relational health within the Christian life.
Irene Kraegel is a clinical psychologist in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has worked in community mental health and then in private practice before joining Calvin University's Center for Counseling and Wellness in 2009, first as a counselor and now serving as director. She is known for her writing and resources at her website The Mindful Christian.
SECTION ONE Laying the groundwork: Mindfulness and Christian faith Chapter 1: Introducing mindful Christianity Chapter 2: What is mindfulness? Chapter 3: What are you doing here? Chapter 4: Mindfulness in Christian tradition Chapter 5: The practice of mindfulness Chapter 6: Elements of the present moment SECTION TWO Diving deeper: Mindfulness as Christian discipleship Chapter 7: Living life with God Chapter 8: Learning contentment Chapter 9: Resistance Chapter 10: Clothed with compassion Chapter 11: Beginning again Chapter 12: Abundant life SECTION THREE Moving forward: Being a mindful Christian Chapter 13: Blending spiritual practices Chapter 14: Special considerations Chapter 15: Being Christian, mindfully
"Here is a book you can trust--a beautiful book written with clarity, openness, and wisdom. It will be an important guide for practicing Christians and life-changing for those who want to explore the deep connections between mindfulness and faith." --Mark Williams, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford; Honorary Canon, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Co-author of Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World "With elegant prose and practical suggestions, The Mindful Christian invites exhausted, distracted Christians to experience emotional healing and rediscover deep joy by practicing mindfulness." --Steve Wiens, author of Shining Like the Sun; Beginnings; and Whole "The Mindful Christian offers an inspiring and practical roadmap for the poignant intersection between stillness and the presence of God." --April Kaiserlian, LMSW, Co-Founder, Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness "The Mindful Christian highlights the crucial role self-compassion and gratitude play in strengthening the follower of Christ, who is called to be a witness to Christ's peace." --Christina Edmondson, PhD, Dean of Intercultural Student Development, Calvin University; Co-host, Truth's Table podcast
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