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Practicing the Present

The Neglected Art of Living in the New

By John Koessler

“Practicing the present does not ignore the future or the past. But it does view both with a measure of sanctified skepticism”

            

           Practicing the Present by John Koessler is more than a book that contains instructional guides on how to practice the present, it brings the reader closer to the presence of God. Within each chapter, John gives specific stories or references from other sources that tie into the lesson he’s teaching. You’ll be learning so many different aspects of practicing the present such as, common gestures can go a long way, becoming aware of mundane spaces in our life’s, leading between the past and future, and so many more.


            Pacing of the book is expository, because John is imparting valuable information and guides to the readers. The stories that tie to the lessons are great, they are short and sweet. The writing style of the book is easy to comprehend and there are multiple concepts that readers can grasp from each chapter. I didn’t enjoy this book as much, because it has too many short stories in each chapter and secondly by the time you read at least 100 pages of the book, you’ll notice that the book is meant for ministry leaders or church leaders. As for recommending this book to others, it’s mainly for ministry leaders as I mention before and church members. If you’re not familiar with bible passages it may or may not difficult to read and understand.


Book reviewed by Eddy Yang

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                                      Synopsis 

The present is more than a place where the past comes to rest.
It is more than a staging ground for the future.
The present is where God shows up.
We live our lives in the present, but often our minds are racing toward the future or overwhelmed by the past. We want to change the past and control the future, but usually all we really do is exhaust ourselves in the here and now. Writing especially with church leaders in mind, Dr. John Koessler, a former pastor and professor, teaches you how to evade the tyranny of past regrets and future plans and meet God right where you are, in the present.



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