Book Review – God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation (8/3)

Many christians know the importance of reading the word and praying. But what about meditation? Would you think they are essential to the faith? Chances are, we probably will not place meditation as high up in our list. But as this book will argue, the Puritans would certainly disagree with us on that point.

God's Battle Plan for the MindDavid Saxton has observed a lack in this crucial topic and has written a book that fights for the importance of mediation and teaches readers how to mediate. Saxton first shows the readers the rewards of meditation and why meditation is important to the christian faith. Next, he shows us what meditation is, and is not. Saxton highlights to the readers the difference meditation means to the christians as compared to the non-christian. The meditation Saxton proposes is one that is actively thinking about a certain topic, verse or doctrine, and not trying to empty one’s mind or to clear one’s head over an extended period of time.

After defining what meditation is. He shows the readers what the Puritans has to say about meditation. First, the Puritans has thought through these matters very carefully and thoroughly. He showcases two kinds of meditation to the readers — occasional and deliberate meditation. One can be done when one has a spare moment or two, the other are extended time purposely planned to think through about a certain bible verse.

Next, Saxton moves to show what topics a christian can meditation on, and how to go about choosing it. Having taught how and what to mediate on, Saxton then shows the readers the reasons for meditation and the benefits that one can derive from constant meditation. Lastly, Saxton talks about the common enemies one have against meditation.

I found this book to be exceptionally well written, it is be an excellent book on meditation. Not only so, this is an excellent introduction to the Puritans, Saxton consistently quotes different Puritans and what they have to say about meditation. It was truly a joy to read this book and will certainty be the book I’ll refer others to when talking about this topic. Highly recommended for every christian.

Rating: 5 / 5

If you’re interested, you can get it here, and here (free international shipping), Kindle.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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