Charles Stone's Holy Noticing: The Bible, Your Brain, and the Mindful Space between Moments brings "mindfulness" into rich conversation with modern science, biblical faith and spiritual practice. "Mindfulness", or what Stone calls "holy noticing", is "an ancient Christian practice that helps us flourish spiritually and engage the present moment to pause and notice what is happening now, all with a holy purpose" (p. 16). The goal of this holy noticing is what the Hebrews called "shalom" -- "completeness, soundness, wholeness, and experiential peace".
Pastors know quite well the stress and distractions that name modern life. It's that distractedness that led Stone to write Holy Noticing.
Disciplines like holy noticing are at the heat of what Christians need these days. This book is therefore a must-read. This book fits in with spiritual works that date all the way back to the Desert Fathers and Mothers. And it's a quite useful book for disciples in the real world.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review here.