Life in the Presence of God: Practices for Living in Light of Eternity, By Kenneth Boa

Life in the Presence of God

Practices for Living in Light of Eternity

by Kenneth Boa

Life in the Presence of God
  • Length: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: November 07, 2017
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 4516
  • ISBN: 9780830845163

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  • 2018 IVP Readers' Choice Award

God is everywhere and always with us. So why don't we experience his presence more?

Life is full of distractions, and our 24/7 news cycles and social media drown out the voice of God. It's hard to discern God's presence amid the hubbub. But experiencing God is not just for the super-spiritual or ultra-mature. Every Christian can learn to cultivate a greater awareness of God in the everyday.

Ken Boa offers a contemporary guide to practicing the presence of God. Using biblical foundations, living and historical examples, and evidence from neuroscience, Ken reveals how we can walk with God and abide in his presence. We need to rethink how we use our time and technology to make room for God, to train ourselves with new habits that deepen our awareness of God. This book offers not a magical technique but dozens of practical exercises and disciplines that help us draw close to God even in the midst of our cacophonous modern culture.

Practicing God's presence is not just for the professionals. It's for ordinary people like us. And the more we live in God's presence, the greater our abiding peace and joy.

"Few, if any, authors have impacted my spiritual life like Ken Boa has. I have known Ken personally for over thirty years and never am I not challenged in my walk with Christ when in Ken's presence, literally or through something he has written. This book to me embodies Ken's life message. Living in the presence of God by practicing that presence of God is the only life worth living. This book is not only challenging but extraordinarily practical."

Ron Blue, Kingdom Advisors

"Ken Boa consistently reminds us that a truly biblical worldview is more than an academic exercise or simply having the right intellectual thoughts about God. It's about knowing him, who is the truth, and living in light of that reality and in relationship with Christ everywhere, every minute. Like everything Boa writes, this book will lead you more deeply into that reality and relationship."

John Stonestreet, president, The Colson Center for Christian Worldview, cohost, BreakPoint Radio

"Ken Boa's writings have played a major role in my spiritual growth and development for over twenty years. This volume will move to the top of my favorite books by him. I long to experience more of God in this noisy and busy world, and Ken has provided a fresh, practical, biblical pathway filled with wisdom, insight, and theological depth. I highly recommend it."

Chip Ingram, Living on the Edge, pastor, Venture Christian Church

"As the old adage says, 'We are known by the company we keep!' And, I might add, we will be known in positive, life-transforming ways by keeping company with Jesus. But the challenge is getting our heads and hearts around the discipline of practicing his presence. Thankfully, Ken Boa helps us! Life in the Presence of God is a clear and compelling guide to the joy of intimacy with Christ."

Joseph M. Stowell, president, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids

"In his latest book, my friend Ken Boa has restored my appreciation for the word practical. Too often, help in living the Christian life that claims to be practical offers little more than simplistic solutions to surface problems. Dr. Boa gives no such help. With clear writing, passionate hope, and spiritual wisdom, he provides biblical direction that will lead anyone hungry for God into his presence. This book deserves a careful read and an even more productive reread. Expect to discover practical guidance to satisfy the deepest longings of the human soul."

Larry Crabb, New Way Ministries

"In this book, Ken Boa states that we can live the kind of unified, spiritually rich life we're meant to live. From cover to cover, he backs up this claim with biblical verification, illustrations, and practical solutions to help readers achieve a greater measure of this kind of life. I recommend it!"

Gene A. Getz, professor, pastor, author, president of the Center for Church Renewal

"Ah, at last—a modern mentor guides us into the ancient path of practicing the presence of God! Life in the Presence of God will stir your soul to see (and give you tools to seek) an enduring nearness with God that remains steady and satisfying regardless of the temperature of our emotions or the changes in our scenery."

Alicia Britt Chole, author of The Sacred Slow

"God is everywhere—all the time. But how can we become aware of God's ongoing presence and activity? How can we live an abundant life of constant communion with God? In this book, Ken Boa draws on Brother Lawrence and other practitioners of God's presence to answer these questions. But Ken goes beyond their examples and advice by providing a comprehensive guidebook full of specific, practical suggestions. Those hungering for sustained intimacy with the triune God will welcome his rich insights and recommendations."

James Taylor, professor of philosophy, Westmont College

"He's done it again. In Life in the Presence of God, Ken Boa takes on one of the most important principles of living a Christ-centered life and provides a clear road map of insight and application. Like so many admonitions in Scripture, the idea of abiding in Christ appears to be straightforward but proves more challenging, even elusive, in practice. Exactly what does 'abide in Christ' mean, and how does one do that? Boa creatively blends Scripture, spiritual principles, and the testimonies of historical figures who modeled a life of abiding in Christ together in a clear, practical manner that makes this wonderful promise more accessible for the rest of us."

Pat MacMillan, president, Triaxia Partners

"This is a very rich book—a wonderful addition to the library of every Bible student, whether layman, staff member or pastor."

Skip Holman, Baptist Standard, October 19, 2017



Part I: The Biblical Basis
1. The Secret
2. The Images
3. The Exemplar
4. The Walk

Part II: How to Practice His Presence
5. Training
6. Rewiring Your Mind
7. Reseeing the World
8. Reorganizing Your Time
9. Rejoicing amid Suffering
10. Repenting of Sin
11. Remaining in Community
12. Reimagining Life


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Kenneth Boa

Kenneth Boa is an author, a speaker, and the president of Reflections Ministries, Omnibus Media Ministries, and Trinity House Publishers. He is the author of over fifty books, including Faith Has Its Reasons, Rewriting Your Broken Story, Life in the Presence of God, and Shaped by Suffering. He is a contributing editor to the Open Bible, the Promise Keepers Men's Study Bible, and the Leadership Bible, and is the consulting editor of the Zondervan NASB Study Bible.