The book Living Close to God (When You’re Not Good at It) written by Gene Edwards is a book about how to daily commune with God if you’re not one of those “naturally spiritual” people. Make God the first thought you have when you actually wake up, take time to remember before you start the car, when you’re stuck in traffic take the time to think of God and not road rage, etc. Simple ways to really come into God’s presence when you’re not someone who just naturally wakes up and digs into the Word. Don’t let your expectations of what you should be keep you from being who you can be, basically.
Honestly, this book looked really really good. It really wasn’t as good as I hoped (my husband also read it and said the same thing). I understand the basic premise, you don’t have to read the Bible or spend 30 minutes in prayer every morning to be in tune with God. And for the most part that’s true because there are people who can’t read but are very in tune with God. The issues I have are that:
1) Gene Edwards says he doesn’t pray daily when what he says he does sounds a lot like praying to me. It may not be asking God for things but taking time, even if it’s 15 seconds before you start the car, to stop and be still and say “I love you God” is part of what prayer is. That’s what the Bible is talking about when it says to pray continually. Not everyone is good at starting the morning off with prayer, admittedly, I’m one of them. But at the same time, that doesn’t mean that taking small pieces of your day and remembering to talk to God isn’t prayer.
2) Breathing with the Spirit? I think I understand the idea behind what he’s talking about but it seems to be on the mysticism side of things. I get that we need to slow down and just be present but “breathe with the Spirit”? Not so much.
All in all, the idea is good because no, not everyone is “naturally spiritual” in the sense that they pop up out of bed and start the day right. But on the same token, it is possible to do if you really want to.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.