Thursday, May 06, 2010

Present Perfect by Gregory A. Boyd

A “Holy Habit” That Will Change Your Life!

Experience true spiritual transformation: invite God’s presence into your life! Popular author, theologian, and pastor Gregory Boyd shows you how-simply, practically, and effectively-in this thoughtful and accessible book.

Discover: · How to pray continually · What it means to “take every thought captive” · How to wake up to God’s ever-present love

God is closer to you than the air you breathe. He is present in every given moment. Wake up to his presence! Turn off the mental chatter that keeps you from seeing his glory. Embrace the holy habit of inviting God’s presence into your life, and be transformed!

Wake Up to God’s Presence!

We long to be transformed. Yet our minds are filled with endless trivia and self-centered chatter. To-do lists. Worries about the past. Speculation about the future. We forget to live in the present moment … and to invite God to be with us there.

After reading classic contemplative authors Brother Lawrence, Jean-Pierre de Caussade, and Frank Laubach, theologian and pastor Gregory Boyd longed to experience the presence of God for himself. For two decades, he’s attempted to implement the “practice of the presence of God” in his own life … sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing. What he’s learned as a fellow pilgrim on his spiritual journey can help you find true spiritual transformation as you begin to practice the discipline of inviting God into every moment.

“I’ve become absolutely convinced that remaining aware of God’s presence moment-by-moment is the single most important task in the life of every follower of Jesus,” Boyd writes. “I’m convinced this challenge is implied in our commitment to surrender our life to Christ, for the only real life we have to surrender to him is the one we live moment-by-moment.”

About the Author:

Gregory Boyd

Gregory A. Boyd is the founder and senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minn., and founder and president of Christus Victor Ministries. He was a professor of theology at Bethel College (St. Paul, Minn.) for sixteen years where he continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor. Greg is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (BA), Yale Divinity School (M.Div), and Princeton Theological Seminary (PhD). Greg is a national and international speaker at churches, colleges, conferences, and retreats, and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows. He has also authored and coauthored eighteen books prior to Present Perfect, including The Myth of a Christian Religion, The Myth of a Christian Nation, The Jesus Legend (with Paul Eddy), Seeing Is Believing, Repenting of Religion, and his international bestseller Letters from a Skeptic.

Learn more about Gregory at

Here is my review of this engaging non-fiction book:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Gregory A. Boyd and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Present Perfect" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

Gregory A. Boyd demystifies the pursuit of God for our generation in “Present Perfect: Finding God in the Now”. Filled with quotes from the classic theological writings of Brother Lawrence, Jean-Pierre de Caussade and Frank Laubach, this non-fiction work makes pursuing God more achievable (and less intimidating) for the Christian. Many wouldn’t even attempt to live a life in pursuit of God because of a fear of failure, but the author plainly shows that you can actively pursue God on a day to day basis and do so successfully.

This book includes exercises that will challenge the reader to be awakened to God’s presence. Boyd reminds the reader that wisdom can be found in the lyrics of Pink Floyd and that the Lord Jesus can be found anywhere His people are if they are awake and looking for Him.

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