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One of the greatest books I've ever read - I am absolutely amazed. When it started I wasn't sure I would like it but a couple chapters in and when I was more focused when reading I started to hang on every word! So helpful and nourishing
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The most beautiful, touching book I've ever listened to. I absolutely will listen again. And again
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The keyword that sits in my mind after reading this book is "brokenness". This is the entire key to why I do not rate this book so highly.
Contents: He has some good contents about the techniques of Christian meditation. I especially liked the idea of meditation on Jesus' eyes, and the in-outbreath "I love you" relay with God. If this were the entire contents, the book would probably be 1, at most 2 hours, and I would have given it 5 stars.
However, there is a lot more contents, and I must admit I was seeking Thomas Merton #2, and James Finley isn't. Finley's approach is not the direct God-seeking of Merton, but is rather a lot about existential psychotherapy and our "brokenness". While it is by all means important to recognise and accept brokenness, it seems to be the All for Finley, and the conclusion. I can't escape the feeling that an existentialist Jesus would have let the Samaritan stop by the wayside and let the mugged man really feel seen and realised in his brokenness, before moving on, with no healing. Accept brokenness, but do not heal it. Man does not become part of God's creation (the way they do with Merton), but merely stay small, broken worms whose only little measure of salvation is to realise that the are small and that they are broken.
Performance: Finley did the reading himself, and he sounds like a broken man. There was no energy to the steps of his reading, and even reading at this slow pace, you could hear the wobble of his inbreaths, as if he was nervous or not happy. I also tried speeding this up to 1.35, which worked fine, but he still sounds depressed, only at a higher speed.
And Mr Finley, if you are reading this: know that I write this with the greatest of love, and truly hope you will find more hope and energy. And I do heartily thank you for the meditation on the eyes of Jesus.
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