A Review: ‘Mystically Wired’ by Ken Wilson

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‘Mystically Wired’ by Ken Wilson is a good book, mainly because if you take what he has to say seriously, and put it into practice, then you will discover new intimacy with God and start the long journey of a life of prayer.

It’s as simple as that really.

I loved the book, I loved Wilson’s writing style and I really enjoyed his blend of mysticism, practical advice and scientific explanation.  Throughout the book Wilson deals effortlessly with the transition from mystic and scientific theory and fact into prayerful practice, giving loads of good ideas and tips to assist the reader in developing an effective and intimate prayer life.

The book is divided into two main parts. The first deals with the truth behind our mystical wiring – blending together the spiritual and scientific aspects into a easily digestible whole. The second part then explores ‘new realms in prayer’ considering ways to focus, meditate and develop intimacy with God, including praying at intervals.

Having said all this, Mystically Wired is not a book for easy reading.  You won’t read it through in one sitting and I would even suggest that you read it at intervals over a number of months, putting into practice its advice as you go along – and almost stopping at times to reflect on your prayer walk as a result of reading the book.

I would not hestiate in recommending this book to anyone who wants to deepen their relationship with God through prayer and mediation.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that this book is essential reading for all who want to focus more on the ‘quiet place’ and it is already back on my reading list for future ‘re-reading’ and reference – as a means of reflecting on my own prayer practices going forward.

If you let Him, I think God will change your life as a result of this book.

It just depends on whether you will let Him.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the US Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

John Piper – The distraction of technology

Just to balance the last video I posted about social networking, here is a short but poignant reminder by John Piper about the temptation to distraction that technology can be, with specific reference to the time we spend communing with God in prayer and Bible reading.

Any thoughts?

HT: Chris Elrod

 

Read less and meditate more?

How about this from Doug Wolter:

My guess is that many of you have already seen a plethora of Bible reading plans posted on various blogs, most of them encouraging you to get through the Bible in a year.  Though I certainly commend this practice (I’ve done it myself), I’ve often wondered if we should approach the Bible differently.  Instead of reading quickly through many verses at a time, maybe we should meditate on a few verses more deeply each day.  If you’re like me, you rarely take time to just slow down your mind and soak in the truths of God’s Word in such a way that it goes down deeper into your heart. That’s why I was excited to get a copy of this Daily Bible Meditation Guide written by my good friend, Dr. Eric Johnson.  

Here’s a blurb from the introduction:

Down through the ages, Christians have taught that we need to drink deeply from the fountain of God’s word and we need to savor its truths if they are to satisfy our deepest longings for greater intimacy with God and if we are to experience a greater healing of our souls from his hand. The purpose of this Bible reading schedule (shortened considerably from schedules that get through the Bible in one year) is actually to limit the amount of Bible we read daily. Reading quickly through many verses may not be as profitable as savoring deeply a few verses. So the aim of this schedule is not to read less, but to meditate more.

Download the Guide from the link about and have a look.

I think this is something that you could easily add on top of your daily Bible reading rather than instead of it…….

Any thoughts?

HT: Tim Challies