One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation

One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation

One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic's Guide to Christian Meditation

In secular mainstream America, meditation has become as ubiquitous as yoga. But how does meditation fit into Christianity, and how does it differ from prayer? One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation reframes meditation for those who are skeptical because (1) they doubt their ability to be still and quiet and (2) they doubt the validity of meditation as a Christian spiritual practice. Using scripture, theology, and examples from the early church, this book challenges the p

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  1. Anonymous
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Meaningful, accessible, and inspiring! I encourage all to read, breathe, and be still and know…, January 25, 2019
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    Sarah Amick

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    This review is from: One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation (Paperback)
    J. Dana Trent’s writing is personal, thoughtful, funny, and inspiring. I simply cannot recommend her books enough! She also always seems to be writing exactly what I need to hear at exactly the right time!
    I absolutely loved her first book, Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk. Even though I had never met her before, after reading it, I felt like she was already a friend. (Since then, I have had the pleasure of meeting her, and am so grateful!)
    Over the past few years, I’ve become increasingly busy and frazzled feeling, and found myself longing for a more intentional, balanced, and connected life. Just as I was trying to find ways to help with this, I heard about Dana’s second book, For Sabbath’s Sake, which quickly became another favorite of mine!
    And now we have One Breath at a Time, which is helping me with my continued need for intention and connection. It is a little different from her first two books in its unique format as a practical handbook for meditation, and I love this new approach. It also still contains the kind of personal stories and examples that make Dana’s writing come to life for me, so I’m thankful for that. I was delighted when I first learned of this book because I knew I needed and wanted to develop a regular meditation practice, but just had not managed to consistently do so yet. I knew that if any book could help me with this, it would be one by Dana Trent! And I was right! One Breath at a Time is incredibly accessible and informative. If you are at all interested in meditation, especially if you are a little (or a lot) skeptical, then this book is for you!!

  2. Anonymous
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    A meditation practice that works, January 3, 2019
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    This book has helped me start with a doable 3-minute meditation practice that has gradually grown into a longer daily practice. It’s the most consistent I’ve ever been with meditation though I’ve tried many times to begin a consistent practice, and I know it is because of the relatable, knowledgeable author who brings the tools and personal experience to motivate readers like me who want to meditate but needed a little help. Buy this book! The daily readings provide a great prompt that is just the right length and by the end you’ll find yourself with an established meditation practice.
  3. Anonymous
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    Doable and Approachable Meditation Guidebook, January 24, 2019
    By 
    Caroline Veal (Gainesville, GA USA)

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    I am an extreme extrovert. I am a minister. I am an 8 on the Enneagram. I always have noise on- radio, TV, audio book, etc. And I have tried meditation… a lot. As a teen of the 1990s church world where all good kids had their “daily quiet time,” this practice is not new to me. And I have always found it to be hard… and annoying.
    When I was asked to be on the launch team for One Breath, I was like, “I will say yes since I like Dana so much.”
    And wow was I surprised.
    This book will give you a sense of calm, a sense of capability, and a sense that you will WANT to make this practice yours.
    The two things that I loved most were Dana’s honesty in her challenge to mediate and her acknowledgement that faiths can, should and need to learn from one another.
    I strongly encourage you to read this book.

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