Resources

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eBooks – When I Meditate: Reclaiming a Key Facet of Prayer and Meditation & Morality: Praying for a Better Way

Bible study resource – Your Soul on Scripture

Both ebooks – available at eBookIt.com (http://bit.ly/When-I-Meditate & http://bit.ly/Meditation-and-Morality) Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online sites – can nurture a reader’s intimacy with Scripture and with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Both books also can introduce a yearning soul to Jesus.

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When I Meditate:   (See chapter outline below.) It’s good to meditate. Some Christians find this hard to believe. They know that meditation is mentioned in the Bible, but they tend to think it belongs to other religions. When I Meditate sets forth a winsome alternative – a Scripture-based, you-can-do-it understanding of meditation as a life-changing facet of prayer. In addition to a clear definition of meditation within a biblical context, When I Meditate relays an array of insights and illustrations for an enlivened readiness to follow Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, into tender communion with the Father – and into the world with a message of redemption. Compared to religions and techniques that center on meditation, mantras, and physical postures as a way of emptying one’s soul into an impersonal cosmos, Christian meditation, in its all-important uniqueness as described in When I Meditate, entails God’s use of Scripture to transform our minds and hearts. The riches of Scripture can address any human need or yearning; even one Scripture passage when memorized – and re-memorized as need be – and then internalized through meditation can be a catalyst for personal renewal and a source of inspiration to convey God’s grace by word and deed to anyone, near or far, who yearns for a vibrant faith.

When I Meditate by Art Toalston at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other online retailers, including ebook publisher eBookIt.comhttp://bit.ly/When-I-Meditate.

CHAPTER OUTLINE:.

Chapter 1: A definition

A Christian view of meditation

A framework for meditation can be drawn from Scripture as well as an abundance of treasures from God’s heart for experiencing his life-changing grace, whether in times of personal/social tumult or well-being.

Chapter 2: Motivations

Why I meditate as I pray

A sense of desperation to be a redemptive person can be among the motivations for meditation drawn from memorizing and re-memorizing Scripture, along with a heightened immediacy and clarity of faith; the joy of living in a milieu of God’s revelation, love, and mission; and an inner need for accountability to God.

Chapter 3: A description

Personal renewal through meditation

In addition to the peace that can result from being still with God, meditation can yield an unfolding array of experiences and realizations day by day that deepen our faith as well as our readiness to extend God’s love into all spheres of life.

Chapter 4: A beginning point

New birth: Solid footing for meditation

In an era of religious pluralism, new birth is an intellectually viable and a continuously refreshing path to an array of wholesome divine encounters with God.

Chapter 5: Suggestions

Helpful Scriptures for meditation

The fruit of the Spirit – “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control,” as listed in Galatians 5:22-23 – is among various Scripture passages that can become a foundation for meditation on supernatural faith; worship; prayer; and attitudes and actions related to worry, hardship, and personal relationships.

Chapter 6: A path

Scripture as a path of prayer & meditation

Scripture, just Scripture, can yield genuine moments of prayer. While it’s not the only path of prayer, it is one that can tenderly carry us closer to the heart of God.

Chapter 7: Practicalities

Issues & struggles in meditation

“I’d probably fall asleep if I tried to meditate,” “It’s too hard to memorize Scripture,” “I soon forget anything I try to memorize” – practical pointers can be provided for these and other concerns about meditation and Scripture memorization that may arise.

Chapter 8: A reason:

“Give me one good reason to meditate”

“But why?” people sometimes ask about trying something new. Reasons abound for nurturing ways of praying and living drawn from God’s counsel for daily life. Even death will be easier to face when Scripture, abounding with God’s grace, lifts our hearts during our last breaths on earth.

For a Baptist Press article about When I Meditate, go to http://bit.ly/BaptistPress-WhenIMeditate.

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Meditation & Morality: This book (also at online retailers, including eBookIt –  http://bit.ly/Meditation-and-Morality) examines the potential of meditation — a simple, nonthreatening approach drawn from Scripture memorization and re-memorization — for preventing or recovering from moral failure. A heightened/strengthened morality can benefit any individual. Meditation & Morality can help adults and teenagers live more honorably, lifting married couples, engaged couples, single adults and students to a higher plane of living.

Introductory paragraphs:

If your inner sense of morality has been tarnished or shattered by immorality, and you wish things were different, ponder this Bible passage: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

Begin memorizing these words, which were spoken by Jesus.

In doing so, you will be engaging in a form of meditation.

Even if it’s just for a few moments, or several times during the day, this simple form of meditation on the words of Jesus will begin to nurture a winsome, intriguing morality in your soul. These words will have an effect, perhaps dramatically, perhaps subtly, perhaps both, even as your tussle or affliction with immorality may continue to fester or rage.

These words can become a small ray of light at the beginning of your journey away from immorality, yet there is nothing magical about them. For now, let’s just say there’s something supernatural about them because they were spoken by Jesus.

(To give Meditation & Morality to a troubled soul, go to Amazon’s page for this book, http://bit.ly/Amazon-Meditation-Morality, click Give as a Gift.)

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UPCOMING EBOOK

Pray As Never Before: This book explores – and celebrates – prayer as a supernatural practice, a supernatural venture, created by a supernatural God. Key insights from Scripture, when enlivened by the Holy Spirit through memorization, re-memorization, and meditation, can foster ever-deepening experiences of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” – the fruit of the Holy Spirit as noted in Galatians 5:22-23. There are Scripture verses that can help lift a person from emptiness, anger, fear, and worry amid turbulent times and troubled relationships. Moreover, there are Scripture verses that can make life ever more wholesome, dynamic, and attuned to God and his heart for all who are separated from him, whether next door or in any distant land.

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YOUR SOUL ON SCRIPTURE

This is a free resource, drawing from the vitality of Scripture, for use in churches and small groups and for individual study. Art Toalston gives permission for Your Soul on Scripture (see separate tab on this site), though protected by copyright, to be reproduced for participants in settings where it is used.

POSSIBLE USES OF YOUR SOUL ON SCRIPTURE:

1) Small groups or discipleship programs in churches; home Bible studies; homeschool networks –settings where Bible-based resources like Your Soul on Scripture can be used by God to help transform people’s lives, enhance their prayer experiences, and empower their witness for Christ.

2) Christians who innately know that prayer can rightly encompass Scripture memorization/re-memorization and meditation as key elements of spiritual vitality. Your Soul on Scripture is a Scripture-based resource that can help make prayer a consistent, joyous venture in people’s lives.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

Your Soul on Scripture is a resource on prayer, with a you-can-do-it approach to Bible study, Scripture memorization/re-memorization, and meditation that can used, perhaps as an nine-week course, for small groups or discipleship programs in churches, home Bible studies and homeschool settings or as a workbook for personal study.

Your Soul on Scripture can provide clear insight into how prayer drawn from Scripture memorization/re-memorization and meditation can become a life-changing, joyous facet of any Christian’s life. It need not be daunting or laborious. Your Soul on Scripture features a different theme in each session – supernatural God, new birth, worship, prayer, Christian living, hardships/worry, stewardship, relationships, and witness – with five relevant Scripture passages (forty in all) from which people can begin developing a list of Scriptures they would like to memorize/re-memorize during the coming months/years.

Your Soul on Scripture includes 1) a simple methodology for examining each of the Scripture passages, which also can be used as a discussion guide in group settings; 2) a discussion question appendix encompassing each of the forty-five Scriptures; and 3) a “Quick Note” for each session providing instruction and encouragement toward enhancing the use of Scripture in daily life and in prayer. Your Soul on Scripture can be offered as a companion study for When I Meditate and Meditation & Morality.

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(Prospective publishers are welcome to contact Art Toalston, arttoalston@gmail.com. Art is on the Internet at arttoalston.com; Facebook, http://bit.do/arttoalston; and Twitter, http://twitter.com/arttoalston – @arttoalston.)



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