Giving Distractions to God

I'm reading a wonderful book by an Anglican deacon named Una Kroll; it's called Vocation to Resistance: Contemplation and Change. It's about how the contemplative life is, in essence, a life of resistance — choosing an alternative to the noisy, acquisitive, competitive, and violent nature of the world we live in. It's a charming and insightful read.I was thinking about quoting Kroll's insightful discussion of distractions during prayer, but to do her justice it would have to be a rather long q … [Read more...]

Books and Distraction

In response to a reader named Simon, last Monday I wrote a post called Do we really need another book on Christian mysticism? Here's how I ended that post: Now, I haven’t addressed the other side of Simon’s question, which has to do with concerns that books about the experience of God could actually be a distraction from seeking the direct experience itself. This is an important question, and will deserve a post of its own in the near future. So now, to address that "other side" of the question. … [Read more...]