Simply Open

Simply Open

Simply Open: A Guide to Experiencing God in the Everyday    

By Greg Paul    

Nelson Books    

In his newest book, Paul states, “Prayerfully read this book and ask God to open your eyes, open your ears, open your nostrils, open your mouth, open your hands, open your mind, and open your heart.” He describes using the five senses while reflecting on the cycle of releasing, receiving, becoming, and doing. Each chapter closes with items to remember, such as this from the chapter on touching: “We are not likely to be touched or held ourselves, nor to touch or hold others in any fulfilling way, if we approach life with fists clenched.” Reflection or discussion questions include, “Are there things you hang onto that seem to own you more than you own them?” Answering those questions may help the reader integrate the practice of living a “contemplative path.”

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Last Updated on September 4, 2015