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4.0 out of 5 stars A manuel for "sacred reading", January 27, 2007
This review is from: Divine Intervention: Encountering God Through the Ancient Practice of Lectio Divina (Paperback)
Tony Jones has written a very easy-to-read, step-by-step manual on the practice of lectio divina (sacred reading). The book is clearly written, and the foreign or difficult concepts and terms are fully explained and often illustrated with concrete examples drawn from his own life. Jones has taken an esoteric subject and brought it down to earth. He provides a wonderfully lucid introduction.

Marketed as a children's book, Divine Intervention is more correctly graduate-level theology. The book is divided into four parts.

1. Introduction:

a. The point of Spiritual Disciplines

b. Ways we read the Bible

c. Why pray the Bible

d. Where did Lectio Divina come from

2. The Steps of Lectio Divina

a. Lectio

b. Meditatio

c. Oratio

d. Contemplatio

3. Experiencing Lectio Divina

a. A personal Lectio Divina with me

b. Lectio Divina with my small group

c. Lectio Divina in my church

d. Afterword

4. Exercises in Lectio Divina

Personally, I feel that the philosophy presented, while it is becoming increasingly popular in the world today, provides its adherents with an emotional high, while reducing the clear commands of Scripture to a footnote. It appears that proponents of this movement are not so concerned with an appropriate application of Scripture, as long as they can experience the same thoughts, feelings and emotions as the biblical audience. What God meant seems to take second place to what he actually said, and practical application of God's word can be substituted for by spiritual disciplines.

Divine Intervention is expertly written and presented in street-level practicality, making it ideal for small groups, lay people, and ministers alike. Notes and Bibliography is included, making additional studies easy.

Armchair Interviews says: Clearly written explanations make this easy to read.
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Initial post: Mar 16, 2011, 7:24:07 PM PDT
I would like to beg to differ with the reviewer's assessment of Lectio Divina. Lectio is a form of prayer and not Scripture study and the reviewer seems to have confused these two. I was taught that solid Scripture study is important as a foundation for Lectio. And rather than "reducing the clear commands of Scripture to a footnote" Lectio, as a prayer practice, can take Scripture from our thinking minds deep into our hearts and souls. This takes Scripture deeper than thinking or feeling or emotions to the core of our lives.

Additionally, rather that a feel-good practice leaving me with an emotional high, my own Lectio practice often leaves me in tears, naked and ashamed, before God and from these depths can I truly feel and understand God's grace.

Lectio is an ancient practice and spiritual discipline of prayer that can take Scripture to the center of our being and leads us to live our lives as the "practical application of God's Word."
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