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Whispers: Being with God in Breath Prayers (Healthy Spirituality Journals) Paperback – January 13, 2016
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Jean Wise is a freelance writer, speaker, retreat leader, and spiritual director. Be sure to check out her other books: Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room - an Advent Devotional The Great Communicator – God as a Model Communicator: Reflections of Speakers and Writers Monthly Musings Journal She is also contributing author in the following books: Daily Comfort for Caregivers Book Lover's Devotional 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible Women of the Bible Jean is an Associate in Ministry at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Edon Ohio facilitating adult spiritual formation as has an active spiritual direction practice including leading group spiritual direction. Jean is also a frequent speaker for gatherings and retreats in northwest Ohio. Jean writes twice a week on her blog, www.healthyspirituality.org. Established in 2009, the site includes more than 1000 posts and inspiration to grow closer to God.
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“Breath Prayer” is nothing new. Those who remember TM, or Transcendental Meditation, will recognize it here. Yes, one is to tune in to the breath rather than contemplating the belly button; and the mantras, rather than “Om” or names of Hindu gods, are short phrases or words out of the Christian vocabulary; but the result is the same: the achievement of an alpha state in which the mind is emptied of conscious thought. And since nature abhors a vacuum, an empty mind is susceptible to being entered by spirits—not always the Holy Spirit. Here is a modern repackaging of such ancient techniques as those used in ashtanga yoga and pranayama yoga, both Hindu practices easily identifiable by their devotees. Now, the same or similar practices are given such names as “centering”, “the silence”, “contemplative prayer,” etc.
Such New Age and neo-Hindu techniques are finding entrance into many churches today, and are rapidly gaining in popularity, promoted by well-known and respected Christian leaders.
The Bible does not teach breath prayer. Yes, we are commanded to meditate, but the words translated “meditate” (see Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, free to consult online) mean to muse on something, to give it careful thought and attention. Indeed, we are cautioned about inserting pagan practices into the worship of our God (see Deut. 12:3,4.) Jesus did not teach breath prayer, and warned about praying as the heathen do, with a stern admonishment about using vain repetitions (Mat. 6:7, 29-31.) The fact that such practices have at times in the past been employed by early Christian mystics and ascetics, as referenced in the book under “People of Faith and Breath Prayer,” does not validate their use. People sometimes stumble into error.
Again, I believe the author cares deeply for others; however, I cannot recommend ‘breath prayer’ as taught in this book or any other. Nor in my personal experience have I found it necessary either to chant a mantra or to use fancy words for drawing near to God; there is, instead, a constant, very normal sort of conversation between my heart and my Abba—my loving Heavenly Father—Who desires that relationship far more than I do, and proved it at Calvary. It’s available to anybody who will take it.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for giving my honest opinion.
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