Simply Open: A Guide to Experiencing God in the Everyday  -     By: Greg Paul
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Simply Open: A Guide to Experiencing God in the Everyday

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* Experience God in a deeper, more profound way---by encountering him through your five senses! Leading you on a contemplative path of moment-by-moment awareness, Paul encourages you to focus on 3-word prayers that open up your entire physical being---eyes, ears, nostrils, hands, mouth, heart, and mind---to God's gentle, pervasive, and loving presence. 224 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1400206685
ISBN-13: 9781400206681

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The simplest, most transformative prayer you may ever pray—the five senses prayer.

This book invites you to a simple practice of prayer and awareness that can turn each ordinary workday into a deepening spiritual journey.

No matter where you are or how busy you get, your five senses are always “on,” your mind and heart responsive to what you perceive. These channels of awareness can take you deeper into God's great mystery if you practice the discipline of submitting them to the One who is closer than you imagine.

The beauty of such a contemplative path is that you can follow it anywhere—alone or in company, in quiet meditation or amid the bustle of your craziest day.

Moment by moment, you invite God to open you up—eyes, ears, nostrils, hands and mouth, heart and mind. And moment by moment, as you open yourself, you’ll find yourself closer to God’s grace-filled and wide-open heart. Simply Open.

 

Author Bio

Greg Paul is a pastor and member of Sanctuary (Toronto), a ministry where the wealthy and poor share their experiences and resources daily and care for the most excluded people in the city, including addicts, prostitutes, the homeless, and gay, lesbian, and transgendered people.

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  1. Dallas, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Simply Open
    February 3, 2015
    GiniB
    Dallas, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The key to this approach is indeed simple openness. Openness of the senses to the small prompts that are constantly around us through our sensessight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. And he included the heart and mind within the list as well. I admit that I resisted the idea of smell and experiencing God being in any way linked. The author won me over.

    Through a simple prayer of opening the sense, releasing what that sense has accumulated that is a hindrance, receiving what God has to offer, and becoming the person to use that sense in a Godly manner, a person can experience the ever present presence of God in the moment. The simplicity of this approach is not necessarily easy, but it is effective. The introduction is key I think. It reveals the way the author and at least one other person, i.e. me, approach things. Please hear the author out on this one.

    Told in an honest, easy reading style Paul invites the reader into the practice of being open. I recommend this book to you.

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Get ready. Open up. God is Alive.
    January 20, 2015
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When somebody endorsed this book by saying that it reads like poetry, I was skeptical.

    I think I now know what they meant.

    This book, Simply Open, is written with the same awareness that imbues poetry.

    Greg Paul says that if we open our hands, eyes, mouths, nostrils, ears, hearts and minds, we will receive a rich revelation of God's ways and His work in the world.

    Over the course of this delightful and provoking book, Greg meditates on those seven ways we can open ourselves.

    Each breath we draw, every taste we encounter, everything that touches our skin... all these impressions enter our consciousness. They get into our hearts and minds, becoming our memories, our reference points, our windows to reality.

    And there are so many facets to this book. When he discusses opening our hands, he talks about touching and how much touch means, how it conveys love and healing.

    He talks about giving, how our hands reach out- literally or metaphorically- to give to others.

    He talks about receiving God's gifts in an open hands, and he talks about the ever-creating and redeeming Hands of God.

    {Greg Paul includes some great quotes too. Thomas Merton's thoughts on the speech of rain, for instance, in the section Open my Ears.}

    Worth reading. Worth keeping. Worth gifting.

    Thank you BookLook and Thomas Nelson for my review copy!
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