A Book of Sparks

“A Study in Christian MindFullness”

Shaun Lambert

ISBN: 9781909728158

209 Pages

Published Apr 2014

Mindfulness and Spirituality

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‘Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.’ (Romans 12:2)

In this second edition of A Book of Sparks, Shaun Lambert offers an extended introduction into the universal human capacity for attention and awareness, known in the world of psychology as ‘mindfulness’. Shaun shows how biblical awareness and attention overlaps with secular mindfulness, and has distinctives. Transformation comes through what Shaun calls ‘mindFullness’ – the practice of being filled with the awareness of the presence of God.

This new edition contains a more detailed introduction and a thought-provoking, practical study guide. It enables us to go deeper on our spiritual journey of transformation through a 40-day study examining the watchfulness modelled by Jesus in Mark’s gospel. The writer demonstrates how God can transform us as we develop our own watchfulness, and highlights key contemplative practices such as the Jesus Prayer and Lectio Divina. It is an invitation to mindful reading and living.

  • Shaun Lambert has thought deeply about what makes people into effective and spiritually integrated human beings, drawing on biblical wisdom and insights from psychology. This is a book full of treasures and I commend it warmly.

    Mark Woods, consulting editor, The Methodist Recorder and formerly editor, The Baptist Times
  • A Book of Sparks is an essential read, both for those who are seeking to realise the deep peace Jesus has given them and for those involved in pastoral and healing ministries within the church. Shaun brilliantly reveals the gift of paying attention to the present (in line with Jesus' teaching from Matthew 6). This book will keep the church from mistakenly discarding a God-given ability because of the cultural connotations that are often applied to it. Illuminating, refreshing and orthodox: I recommend it highly.

    Revd Will Van Der Hart, Director of Mind and Soul, Pastoral Chaplain HTB
  • Shaun Lambert has been an attentive listener to God's word. He absorbed the principles and practice of Lectio Divina from the Benedictine monastic tradition through silence, solitude and mindful listening, particularly in the monastery Church of Worth Abbey. He has passed on the ancient monastic wisdom he found through this experience in the pages of this book and in retreats he has led. He is known here as the Benedictine Baptist because of his faithfulness and attentiveness to God's wisdom, amply expressed in these chapters so that others, in this present age, may benefit.

    Fr. Patrick Fludder, Subprior and Abbey Bursar, formerly Director of Worth Abbey The Open Cloister

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