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Contemplative Prayer.... Mantra Mediatation... Centering Prayer... Reiki..Labyrinths. Are there practices Scriptual? If not, then why are they being promoted in Christian organizations, colleges and churches throughout the worlds?
Published June 1st 2003 by Lighthouse Trails Publishing
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Leslie Christopher
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There was a time when I would have written this guy off as a fearmonger, but no longer. My family has been sorrowfully touched by the "mystical" and I am currently in a church where this contemplative stuff is being touted. What is so sad is how easily Christian believers are deceived, especially when they know very little about Biblical doctrine.

This is a very important book. You don't have to agree with him 100% to learn something from him. I personally am not as certain as he is about the 'en
Apr 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: paranoid christian alarmists
Recommended to Lauren by: ceri
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in case it's not obvious from my rating and my "who i would recommend this book to" statement, i didn't like this book. but, i'm going to try and write a fair review...

the beginning of the book was ok. it traced some new age practices and showed how they have infiltrated christianity. and did an ok job of showing why that was dangerous. some of the statistics and research was very interesting.

it went downhill from there. the second half of the book (actually, more like three quarters) was a basi
Steffan Bard
May 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is an excellent example of what happens when you square a first half of life approach (see Richard Rohr's "Falling Upward") with a kataphatic mind dominated dogmatism (see Kenneth Boa's "Conformed to his image"). If you read both of those books you will understand why this is a very narrow, misunderstanding, egocentric and elitist perspective. The scholastics and monastics have been going at it forever.

For those of you not familiar with the terminology, liken it to the endless debate betwee
JJ Vancil
Aug 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a book built on assumptions, consumed by fear-based theology, and illogical conclusions, then this book is for you. The main goal of the author is to show how New Age spirituality has crept its way into evangelical circles and is leading Christians astray. His focus of attack is on contemplative prayer and all who endorse it as a way to grow in one's faith. He believes that all who engage in contemplative prayer and practice "silence" will ultimately enter an altered state ...more
Jul 18, 2008 added it
Another must read for every Christian. Especially if you are involved ina big church. Ray exposes the New Age movement and how some of America's main stream Pastors are on board. The inforamtion is shocking nad revealing. Many books our churches are using today for bible studies are written by new age sympathizer and the agenda is to do away with biblical christianity and combine it with the New Age belief system. Gnosticism revived. I have spent several years reading up on this topic and there ...more
May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We are seeing the birth of the apostate church.

Emerging church, post evangelical, etc.

Churchs are allowing new age doctrines to seep into the church. Saddleback is just one example.

One more sign of the times.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
A very poorly written book based upon "last days" end times fears. Some true insights on the "contemplative prayer" movement that gives it some credibility but reads like fundamentalist gossip in attack mode. ...more
Eric T.
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Read this book. A timely warning to a largely oblivious church.
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In A Time of Departing Ray Yungen has summarised his conclusions from his extensive reading. His concerns centre on contemplative prayer and he marshals quotations that have caused him serious disquiet. I have not read the original literature so cannot comment on how well any quotation reflects the context in which it was found.
His description of the attraction of New Age thinking and practices makes considerable and helpful sense.
What is less helpful and causes me disquiet includes
• His relianc
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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A must read for Christians who want to stay close to the truth of God's word. It gives insight in what we can expect as the day of Christ's return draws nearer.

It wasn't the easiest book to read vocabulary wise. It's definitely not light reading. But it gave me a lot of insight in the dangers for Christians and the magnitude of the implications of the conclusions that the author comes to is somewhat scary.
Stephanie H
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This books is an excellent and important resource for every Christian. It lays out in a concise and logical manner the depth in which the philosophies and practices of the New Age movement have come to be accepted by the church. Yungen explains a number of devices and practices that have moved from the fringes of the sixties and seventies straight into our twenty-first century leaders' retreats, churches, and youth groups. Test these words against Scripture and weigh their worth.

The only reason
Ian Major
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A powerful warning about the infiltration of Eastern Mysticism into Evangelical Christianity. Gives the leading personalities and their teachings. 'Contemplative Prayer' is a big part of the means to subvert the churches.

'The answer to the contemplative prayer movement is simple. A Christian is complete in Christ. The argument that contemplative prayer can bring a fuller measure of God's love, guidance, direction and nurturing is the epitome of dishonour to Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. It is
Danielle Cummings
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
Really flawed argumentation, which is unfortunate, since I was sincerely seeking to engage with some of these questions. Lots of Scripture was taken out of context, and a lot of his arguments are thinly veiled xenophobia fearing an exotic spiritual threat from "the East" and blatantly fear-mongering, arguing mainly along the lines of a culture war. A lot of his arguments involve odd networks of condemnation - mainly rooted in whether or not he feels leaders distanced themselves with adequate con ...more
Debbie Cowman
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An eye-opening must read.
Bill Wyler
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It is a well-documented book on the story of New Age and mysticism and contemplative prayer / spirituality as it sweeps through Christian leaders and many churches. This second edition was dated 2006. I can only guess how wide-spread this is now in 2016 (ten years later). I'm concerned that it hasn't slowed in its acceptance, which illustrates the lack of spiritual discernment within the church, the leadership, and individual Christians. It now must be our responsibility to be individually equip ...more
Melissa Field
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christians need to read this book and heed its warnings. While some areas I would say I do not agree with the author, the author presents a very clear picture of how "the emergent church" is quickly becoming the "apostate" church. He documents his examples and gives scripture to back up his warnings. As Jesus said "wide is the path that leads to distraction, narrow is the gate that leads to salvation, few find it". The New Age movement is deeply ingrained in our culture, the church today doesn't ...more
Kinley Pink
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Informational read!

There is so much heretical teaching creeping into the church, it's becoming impossible to keep track. Now more than ever we must stay in the scriptures and ask the Holy Spirit to show us satan's devices. This book serves as a watchman on the wall, warning believers?
Jeff Noble
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May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent expose of apostasy in the postmodern church! Very important read if you call yourself a Christian!
Glyn Williams
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Eye opening.
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