A guide to living in the present as a Christian.
Colley explores the concepts that caused him to turn a 35-year ministry career on its head after being exposed to the ideas of Eckhart Tolle. In this slim volume, he connects Tolle’s ideas to Christianity, exploring God’s place in human beings’ identities and lives. To find a life of peace and contentment, Colley exhorts readers to live in the moment, to forgive and let go of the past, accept life situations as coming from God, and abstain from judging events as good or bad, among other practices. These guidelines are likely to be familiar to fans of Tolle’s work or practitioners of Eastern and New Age spiritualties, but Colley grounds them firmly in the Bible, with quotes from the Old Testament and the New Testament and exegesis into some of Jesus’ parables and acts. Colley writes that “true happiness (joy) comes from understanding who you are at the core of your being,” and he relates this tenet to Jesus and the promise of salvation. Each chapter explores a different theme in small, palatable sections, but these sections sometimes feel too brief and choppy, which can break up the flow of Colley’s ideas and end chapters a bit too quickly. While Colley’s ideas are valuable, he presents little of how to put them into practice, which may stymie readers looking for guidance or actions to take. Despite this, his book is an earnest, heartfelt effort to help people find joy in the face of uncertain times, and Colley’s experience as a minister clearly shines through his casual, simple prose and clear care for others’ spiritual well-beings.
A thoughtful but unstructured blend of Christian concepts and the ideas of Eckhart Tolle that may provide a new perspective for readers looking to transform day-to-day spirituality.