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Holy Noticing: The Bible, Your Brain, and the Mindful Space Between Moments

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Does your life ever feel like one series of rushed moments after another?

Do you want to feel more present and connected to those you love? Do you want to be able to listen without thinking the whole time of what you’re going to say next? Do you want to feel less distracted, less busy, and more whole? Most of us spend our distracted lives longing to get to the next, better
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Moody Publishers
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Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mindfulness is a popular practice today. Stone reminds us that the practice, holy noticing, is a spiritual discipline Christians have used for centuries. It is a way to be more aware of God and what He is doing in us, others, and the world. It is also good for our physical, emotional and spiritual health. And Stone has the research results to convince us.

He offers the specific practice of holy noticing around the acronym BREATHe.

B: Ponder and Yield Your Body
R: Review and Renew your Relationships
Adrienne Servis
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charles Stone brings about an awareness of our society not taking the time to notice things around us. To truly think about what we are seeing, hearing, and doing. He states that mindful is to "remember, be concerned," and "call to mind and meditate." Implying personal involvement in the remembering, attention, awareness. We would be more restful, have clarity of mind, be healthier, if we took to slowing down and really taking notice of our surroundings. Charles does a great job of causes the re ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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Having been searching for a mindfulness resource that incorporated a Christian perspective, but not one that was exclusively from the contemplative tradition and one that accepted that common grace could be found in mindfulness, I was glad for this book. It definitely walks a nice line between taking the good and gracious from modern mindfulness practices and leaving things which might be unhelpful.

Occasionally I was unconvinced by the book's handling of Scripture. I also found it incredibly awk
Richard Duncan
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I see the word “mindfulness” being used by Christians, my caution flag comes out.

Let me explain.

Someone I know struggles mightily with mental illness and depression had been prescribed to participate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). As I looked over the materials used by the therapists, I was both encouraged and cautioned. The therapy encouraged patients to think about things that were good and lovely, reminding me of truths found in Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:8, and II Corinthians 10
Ginger Hudock
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This book takes the recently popular concept of mindfulness and translates it for the thoughtful Christian. Mindfulness is an ancient Christian spiritual discipline, not just a pagan one. This book gives the Christian history of mindfulness, which the author calls "holy noticing" and also the current scientific research. Mindfulness practices (holy noticing) can rewire our brains in a positive direction and help Christians become more like Christ.

I enjoyed both the science, history and Biblical
Lydia Howe
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The first half of this book had me quite confused. I wasn't entirely sure what it was talking about, or if I agreed with the author or not. I read each chapter with my skepticism rising, but also trying to keep an open mind so I could write a fair review for the book. 

It wasn't until the second half of the book that what the author was saying began to make sense to me, and I could nod in agreement and see where he was going. Because of that, I feel like my whole per
Zacarias Rivera, Jr.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first read about this book, I was incredulous about its purpose, but was curious to see how the author would support his claims. From what I had previously read about mindfulness, which is used in many educational settings as a way to deal with certain behaviors, I was under the impression that it was some form of an Eastern religious practice, something where one's mind is open to anything that would enter, opening one's mind to evil spirits, etc., so I was a little doubtful yet at the s ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
In our day of constant distractions and business it is often rare to be fully engaged in our daily and spiritual lives. Charles Stone in this book defines holy noticing as, "noticing, with holy purpose, God and His handiwork, our relationships, and our inner world of thoughts and feelings.(p. 32)" Far too often if we are honest we don't notice those things near as much as we should. In this book Charles Stone provides a guide to engage in holy noticing. 

In this book Stone begins by defining holy
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On my journey of writing about Christian meditation, I’ve learned the importance of mindfulness. Every time I find a Christian book that discusses this hot topic, I’m eager to get my hands on it. Holy Noticing is about much more than simply being mindful. It teaches us about how our brain processes information and how the Bible can transform our thinking.

Charles Stone writes with wisdom, intelligence and gentleness. He is a careful observer and gladly shares his insights with you. He says that h
Julius McCarter
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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" -- "compl ...more
John Vonhof
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Most of us lead lives that are moving too fast, too stressed out, too tired, too unfocused, uncommitted, and unfulfilled. The question is why do we subject ourselves to this day after day? Is there another way? Charles Stone in this new book, Holy Noticing, shows us a new way to redo our lives. It’s about taking the time to notice. Many today call it “mindfulness”. To some, that means something akin to new age talk. It’s not. Charles describes mindfulness as “the art of holy noticing – noticing, ...more
Jennifer K
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea that there are so many books on mindfulness. Holy Noticing is the first one that I have read. I found it encouraging, easy to read, instructional and very practical. Stone clearly communicates concepts to increase focused attention and be present in the moment. I appreciated the step by step examples of slowing down using brief prayers and verses from Scripture. There is also bonus content available online. Learning to be mindful takes practice, but as a beginner, I have already be ...more
Jake Sledge
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"God models this pattern of noticing because He Himself is a perfect noticer. Nothing in our lives is too small or insignificant for Him to notice." pg. 33. I really enjoyed this book. It was one I needed to read. I needed what it said. I hope I can do better at taking the advice in it and better "notice" the areas Charles points us to. The BREATHe concept is really good, practical and helpful. Holy noticing isn't New Age as Charles clarifies. It is a spiritual discipline - and one that needs to ...more
Vicky Sluiter
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s so easy to not notice. To become distracted in our spiritual walk. I found it very interesting that although we talk about how easily distracted we are due to the internet, cell phones, etc, this isn’t a new problem.

Including science and history along with Scripture, Author Charles Stone teaches us how to notice again, using the BREATHe model. I found a lot of good information here and would encourage the reader not to try to implement everything at once or it could become overwhelming.

If y
Heidi Summers
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this practical and easy read, Stone guides the reader through ancient Christian practices that align the mind with the incarnation of the human heart through the profound yet simple practice of holy noticing. The spiritual discipline of mindfully noticing the presence of God strengthens the capacity for emotional regulation, conscious decision-making, insight, and empathy, bringing more balance, harmony, and well-being into daily life. Kudos to Stone for his BREATHe model, an important Rule o ...more
Samer Aldroubi
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting topic, and the writer does a good job of laying the basic case for the practice of Holy Noticing (or Christian Mindfulness). I have yet to start the practice, so there is an element of this very practical book that I cannot truly evaluate yet.

I received a free copy of this book, and this is my honest and unaltered review.
Sean Nemecek
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent introduction to Christian mindfulness. Rooted in Scripture and modern neuroscience. This book will guide you through practices that will help you be more present to God and others.
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I definitely found this book useful and informative. I probably won't be following the exact formula the author lays out to incorporate holy noticing into our day (too many steps). It has made me think throughout the day of how I can be more present in my life and my walk with The Lord.
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At a time when the concept of mindfulness is once again peeking at us through the clouds, the need for a Christian perspective is necessary. Dr. Stone elegantly reveals, with intellectual soundness, the often ignored linkage between mindfulness and Christianity.

Highly recommended for Christians seeking a detailed methodology, based on science and biblically-rooted, on intentionally seeking, and paying attention to God’s work in the world around them. Moreover, readers who studied Richard Foster
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“Someone once said that the deepest problem in prayer is often not the absence of God but the absence of me. I’m not actually there. My mind is everywhere. —ROWAN WILLIAMS, FORMER ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY” 0 likes
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