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The Other Side of Silence: Meditation for the Twenty-First Century Paperback – May, 1997
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Positives: Kelsey does an adequate job of laying out a solid intellectual framework for the novice meditator in his explanation of both the physical and spiritual aspects of the human soul, the presence of both angelic and demonic forces that one may encounter when meditating and most importantly how to recognize the presence of the Divine Lover (Christ).
Negatives: `The Other Side of Silence' turns out not to live up to the claim of being `A Guide to Christian Meditation'. It falls more into the category of intellectual discussion rather than practical "how to" guide. Yes it includes some personal experiences and the re-telling of a dream here and there, but it never really initiates the process of going within.
Kelsey is a good place to start for appropriating some basic concepts on Christian meditation and gaining an initial understanding of some of the subtle differences between Western and Eastern practice. However when you're really ready to seriously begin the journey you'll have to look elsewhere for your guide.
It is a book which one will turn to time and again as they mature in their spiritual journey. It is an excellent book for spiritual advisers as well as for spiritual seekers.
I think there is much here for readers to take away and to incorporate in their Christian disciplines. I think Kelsey tries to cover too much in this book. He could have been more effective if he stayed more tightly on Christian meditation and its practices. I also think Kelsey gives Jung a too lofty position in a book on Christian meditation. Jung offers complementary insights; however, he is not a Christian theologian or spiritual director and may undermine the work of the Holy Spirit in a person's life.
Christians today have neglected both the disciplines of Silence and meditation/reflection/contemplation. Kelsey gives us a resource to help us re-engage in these practices.
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I got a copy of the paperback 1976 at my church. I love this book! I have been a xstian for many years and an avid fan of Zen, Yoga, TM, Buddhist Mind full ess , All types of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jimmy Crew
Very thankful that I could find this book--as an ebook for my Kindle app!!! Thank you so much!!!Published 8 months ago by Bobby Ward
Hard too implement an keep up with , but well worth the effortPublished 9 months ago by G. Campbell
I found this an interesting read, and I was amused by the strength of people's reactions to it, both here and elsewhere on the Net. Read morePublished 17 months ago by rhona tolchard
I recently became more interested in meditation specifically Christian meditation and this book has outlined some of the ideas that I had about it and helped me to take it a step... Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Ryan Erbe
What Kelsey is suggesting here is a melding of Eastern meditation practices - such as those from yoga and Zen - and Jungian psychology with Christian meditation. Read morePublished on May 24, 2008 by Aretha