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Friday, March 12, 2010

Finding Inner Peace During Troubled Times by William Moss

Finding Inner Peace in Christ

Exploring the lost art of Christian meditation

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—Peace is perhaps the most elusive, miraculous phenomenon in the human experience. From the kindergartners arguing on the playground to the world powers storing up technologically advanced weapons, we clearly struggle to coexist peacefully with each other. Yet for all our efforts to generate peace between people, we often overlook the importance of finding peace within ourselves. Though we long for this inner peace, our world full of war, famine, bank collapses, pandemics, and day-to-day struggles has discouraged us from even trying to find it.

In his new book, Finding Inner Peace During Troubled Times, author William Moss shows readers that inner peace is indeed attainable in the person and presence of Jesus. As a high-powered businessman and a key political decision-maker, Moss has faced his share of daily distractions. For over a decade, he has studied and practiced the lost art of Christian meditation. “I believe God wants us to find peace and will show us the way, if we are willing to accept it. But for many, the peace of God is elusive. They are not sure how to accept it or where to begin in their pursuit of it,” says Moss. “There are many difficulties, distractions, and hardships that stand in the way of our inner peace. Sometimes these are due to our circumstances. Other times it is our sin or the attitudes of our hearts that stand between us and the inner peace we crave. Through prayer and meditation we can transcend all the distractions and difficulties of our days if we live by the Spirit and put God’s love and presence first.”

Many believers are wary of any form of meditation because of its association with Eastern religions. These Christians might be surprised to learn that meditation was regarded as a key spiritual discipline throughout church history. Eastern meditation focuses on emptying the mind completely. Christians find inner peace by filling their minds—with scripture and with the presence of the Holy Spirit. Another fundamental difference is the motivation behind the meditation. Peace, like life, is a gift from God that is for His glory—and it is meant to be shared. For those who are in Christ, meditation is not about practicing the kind of self-focus that precludes people from being involved in the solutions of the many problems that confront them. It is communion with God through the Holy Spirit. It is letting go of anger, worry, and fear and taking on the loving, serving character of Christ instead.

Finding Inner Peace During Troubled Times uses key scriptures to demonstrate God’s gift of peace to every believer. This slender book encourages readers to be intentional about pursuing that peace, even including a simple, step-by-step example of Christian meditation. This is a perfect book to take anywhere you go, put in your purse, backpack or briefcase and refer to throughout the day.

“With the constant stream of media, noise, commitments, conflicts, and other distractions, you will not likely find times of quiet, stillness, and spiritual reflection unless you plan them, unless you pursue meditation as a discipline,” states Moss. “The key to inner peace and a fulfilled life is one that is grounded in Christian meditation.”

My Review:
This book seemed more of a "what to meditate on" rather than a how to, which is what I thought it was going to be. A lot of great thoughts, and I think it's a good book for those needing something else to meditate on. For me, though, I was looking for more of a how to book, so this didn't really work for me in that respect. Still, he had some good thoughts, and gave a lot of good things to think about.

Finding Inner Peace During Troubled Times by William Moss

The Barnabas Agency December 2009

ISBN: 978-0-578-04244-2/64 pages/softcover/$5.99


Special thanks to Audra Jennings at the B&B Media Group for providing me with a free review copy as well as a giveaway copy.

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1 comment:

Diane Marie Shaw said...

Danica, one of the easiest and hardest ways to meditate is to be still in His presence. That is so hard to do in our days full of over stimulation. When you have young children in your home it is doubly hard. When you reach that place of stillness, your heart focused on Him alone, you are reaching up into the heavelies. It is a place you will not want to leave.