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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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A timely and brilliantly practical book …

Mindfulness is everywhere, but does it work, and if so, how? Is it
backed by scientific evidence? And given its links to Buddhist
thought, can therapeutic mindfulness be practised in ways that are
consistent with a Christian worldview?
In Christ Centred Mindfulness, academic and experienced mental
health worker Katherine Thompson addresses these questions and
highlights mindfulness-related practices that have been used within
the church for hundreds of years – practices that help us slow down,
connect to what is happening inside ourselves and make space to
listen for God’s guidance in everyday life.
Tim Costello, Chief Advocate, World Vision Australia, says ‘Katherine Thompson’s call for Christcentred
mindfulness leads us to the place of contemplation where we can find ourselves and God.
Quiet and meditative hearts seem rare these days. Our age is geared to speed and sound, but God
cannot be easily seen or heard amid the noise and restlessness. The quest for inner peace seems
both critical and difficult, and we need mindful silence to touch our souls. Quiet wisdom is what
humanity desperately needs.’
Registered psychologist Kylie Maddox Pidgeon adds, ‘Through biblically guided meditations and
plenty of practical examples, Katherine Thompson capably illustrates how Christ-centred
mindfulness can be employed as a psychologically informed practice of faith.’
For more information, visit the Acorn Press website:

Christ-Centred Mindfulness: Connection to Self and God


Book specifications
Title Christ Centred Mindfulness: Connection to Self and God
Author Katherine Thompson
RRP $19.99 (paperback); $13.99 (eBook)
ISBNs 9780994616678 (paperback); 9780994616685 (eBook)
Page no. 206
Specs 210 x 148 x 13 mm

Additional endorsements
Katherine Thompson has done the church and the followers of Jesus a great service in
writing this book. Mindfulness is everywhere – schools, business and counselling. In this
book, the strengths and weaknesses of mindfulness, including its Buddhist origins, are looked
at respectfully and honestly. A very balanced, yet creative Christian alternative is outlined
that builds on the best of mindfulness. A must read for those committed to Christian
meditation and taking our faith into the marketplace where such spiritual disciplines
Ross Clifford
Principal, Morling College
A timely and brilliantly practical book, Thompson brings her skills as a counsellor and her
experience in analysing culture to the topic to help people ask the right questions to decide
whether Christian mindfulness is the right thing for them and if so, how to take it up it in a
Christ-centred way. She has written a guide that will be helpful for Christians in everyday life,
for reinvigorating spiritual practices and for addressing those times of stress and pain in our
Tracy Lauersen
Senior Associate Vicar, St Hilary’s Anglican Church, Kew, Melbourne
For many of us, the world is full of spiritual complexity and ambiguity intersecting with our
everyday. Spiritually loaded practices of positive psychology, meditation and yoga impact on
our workplaces and our exercise choices. Mindfulness is increasingly being offered as a
therapeutic solution to ailments, and to increase our enjoyment of life. In Christ Centred
Mindfulness Katherine Thompson skilfully explains where mindfulness originated, how it is
being used therapeutically, and where it fits in a biblical framework and in the Christian
tradition. In doing this, she provides a wonderful model of engaging biblically and critically
with our world. The Christian mindfulness exercises in Part III provide a useful alternative to
any practices we might feel focus on self rather than on Jesus. This is an intelligent, wellresearched
and wise book.
Kara Martin
Author, Project Leader with Seed and Lecturer at Mary Andrews College
This book provides a fantastic overview of the religious influences behind the current
mindfulness craze. This kind of work is utterly missiological – providing an honest appraisal
of the merits (and also the drawbacks) of a contemporary issue in order to allow Christians
to form responses, sort through ideas, and engage the world around them. The beauty of
this book is its willingness to adapt in order to promote psychologically sound principles,
even while refusing the temptation to appropriate another’s culture for one’s own profit. The
author undertakes the difficult task of returning back to the ancient Christian ways in order
to promote wellbeing and good mental health amongst contemporary Christians. This kind
of reflexive, resourceful and self-aware Christian is exactly what the world needs right now.
Tanya Riches
Worship Leader, Theology Lecturer and Researcher

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