Being Mindful, Being Christian
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About "Being Mindful, Being Christian"
Given the rapid spread of mindfulness programmes for issues as wide-ranging as depression, pain, employee engagement and character development, this book is aimed at the numerous Christians who are wondering what to make of all this. Ultimately, it will allow questioning Christians to get to grips with mindfulness in a way that is both discerning and sympathetic. By offering background information about "being mindful" the book will allow readers to disconnect mindfulness from the background of Buddhism in which it is frequently framed. This then allows them to decide the extent to which they wish to learn and practice mindfulness without feeling the need to embrace Eastern philosophy in its entirety. In addition, by profiling the rich Christian tradition of mindful-like practice, it offers a distinctively Jesus-centred approach to non-judgemental awareness, and then applies this beneficially to many different areas of faith.On putting the book down the reader will be encouraged not to be fearful of the widespread teaching of mindfulness, emboldened to discern the point at which they politely part company with Eastern meditative practices, and equipped to use all that is good in the practice of mindfulness to develop their relationship with Jesus and with others.
Meet the Authors
The Revd Dr Joanna Collicutt is Lecturer in Psychology and Spirituality at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford Diocesan Advisor for the Spiritual Care of Older People, and also ministers in a parish. Her other books include Jesus and the Gospel Women, The Dawkins Delusion? (with Alister McGrath) and Meeting Jesus (with Jeremy Duff).
Dr. Roger Bretherton is senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Lincoln, England, and the chair of the British Association of Christians in Psychology. He has published several academic papers and one book for a popular Christian readership, <i The Good Lab</i .
Dr. Jennifer Brickman is a clinical psychologist and a member of a steering group of the British Association of Christians in Psychology. She has experience in the practice of mindfulness in both clinical and church settings.