“We all know how easy it is to lose concentration and let our attention wander. It happens so easily, and far too frequently, this problem of inattentiveness.
This also happens in the spiritual life. God speaks to us but we fail to recognise his voice, our minds are elsewhere, we are not attuned to his whisper. He wants to lead us and guide us, but we miss his gentle promptings. He is present all around us, yet we don’t register his nearness. This robs us of a greater depth in our relationship with him.
The purpose of this book is to help you become more consistently aware of God; to train your ear to hear his voice, and your eye to see what he is doing; to grow and improve so you can serve God more effectively.”
– Tony Horsfall, in his Introduction
You can view a sample of the book here.
Part 1 — Jacob, and the Problem of Inattentiveness (Genesis 28:10–22)
Spiritual Practice: Breathing Prayer
Part 2 — Moses, and the Importance of Turning Aside (Exodus 3:1–10)
Spiritual Practice: The Prayer of Examen
Part 3 — Jeremiah, and the Gift of Seeing (Jeremiah 1:4–15)
Spiritual Practice: Awareness Walk
Part 4 — Samuel, and the Posture of Listening (1 Samuel 3:1–10)
Spiritual Insight: Pierre de Caussade and the Sacrament of the Present Moment
Part 5 — Cleopas, and the Moment of Recognition (Luke 24:13–35)
Spiritual Insight: Brother Lawrence and Practising the Presence
“Through examples from the biblical narratives of Scripture, Tony has beautifully distilled for us how to practice listening to God in ordinary life.”
— Alfred Quah, Retreat and Spiritual Director, One Path (www.one-path.com)
“For anyone who desires to go deeper with God and live closer to Him this book will be a great blessing. It is biblical, practical, and really helpful. It can be used individually or in a group and I warmly commend it.”
— Bishop Ken Clarke, Former Church of Ireland Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh
“Living in our urban city, we rush through our day without sensing God’s ever-presence and call for us to be with Him. ‘Attentive to God’ enables us to slow down and tune in to His presence, entering into a deep communion with God through all our senses.”
— Alvin Tan, Senior Pastor, Bartley Christian Church