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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group (1 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080106502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801065026
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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One of the most common problems with Christians in our modern secularized world is that they don't feel the reality of Jesus. Sure, they believe in him and love him, but he somehow doesn't seem to enter their daily lives in a real sense. Some might say, "You ought to pray more." Others would advise, "You ought to witness more." While this may be true, we don't get closer to God just because we "ought to." Boyd believes that the way to true spiritual transformation and feeling the presence of God in your life comes from a little R and R: rest and reality. Boyd encourages readers to stop striving and learn to rest in an experience of Jesus as real. The best way to do this, he says, is through imaginative prayer. Experiencing Jesus will teach readers how to use God's gracious gift of creative imagination to know him better and feel his presence in their daily lives.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Growing in Christ Together on 22 Mar. 2012
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Hello Gregory Boyd,
I hope you will find the time to read this review someday, so you can know how much you books (Seeing Is Believing: Experience Jesus Through Imaginative Prayer AND Escaping the Matrix: Setting Your Mind Free to Experience Real Life in Christ) has affected my life.

With the truths contain in these books, I now have the right methods to renew my mind and my life in Christ has become REAL. I can now experience the Truths of who I am in Christ and experience the awesome Love our ever present and caring DADDY has for me.

I have finally come to the knowledge of what Jesus meant when He said "Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein". For I can now actually SAVOUR God's word and experience it with the childlike faith and imagination.

Greg thanks for your labour of Love for the Body of Christ. I LOVE you dearly and may God strengthen you with his power that is at work in You.
Joseph Amen
From Valencia, Spain
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
A misleading title; a powerful message 22 April 2005
By Josh Crain - Published on
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"Seeing is Believing: Experience Jesus through Imaginative Prayer" may be a misleading title for Boyd's book on using our imaginations as receptors for commmunicating with God. Many people that have posted reviews seemed to have bought the book hoping for a biblical analysis on prayer. Had that been Boyd's intention in writing this book he would have failed miserably. Thankfully, however, that is not Boyd's aim and he makes that clear throughout.

Boyd is not primarily teaching in this book how to pray; rather, he is endorsing an ancient Christiant tradition that works supplementary to prayer. He calls this "resting in Christ" and it is essentially a time of devotion with God in which you enter into an experience with Him instead of simply going through a list of religious observances.

Though Boyd does not quote great amounts of Scripture in order to back up the practice of resting in Christ, he does use a great deal of Scripture to show how people in the Bible experienced God through visions, dreams, and true encounters. So the questions becomes: why do we not tend to experience God this way in 21st century American society? Boyd believes the problem isn't with the way God communicates, but with the way Christians have become obsessed with the importance of the physical and have essentially determined that anything that can't be touched, smelled, etc. is merely imaginary.

Boyd conludes by showing how to "rest in Christ," a practice that will allow us to open ourselves up to the Holy Spirit in order to experience Jesus rather than just have intellectual knowledge about Jesus. He shows us a devotion that Christians have been practicing for hundreds of years, from Ignatius to A.W. Tozer. This book is not for everyone, but if given a chance it has the ability to help you become more passionate about worship, more devout about prayer, and more experiential in your faith through encounters with Jesus Christ.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Inspired Prayer 29 Jun. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
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Seeing Is Believing is an inspiring book on prayer. It is one that encourages believers to rest in Christ. In an age where busyness, the pressures of life, materialism, and countless other distractions demand our attention, Dr. Boyd recommends spending time in prayer, and allowing the Holy Spirit to inspire our prayer life. And inspire He does! I am more excited about prayer now than ever. Prayer makes a difference in the life of a believer, and in the lives of those we are wanting to reach with Jesus' love.
The book explains how God can inspire God given imagination - to bring our prayer life alive. It is exciting, and inspirational reading. Dr Boyd tells us that there is not one formula, but shares his own experience of transforming prayer with us in a vulnerable, and moving account of the Holy Spirit healing a wounding memory.
It is difficult to read the book, without being inspired to pray. I highly recommend it, especially for those who have struggled with praying. It is wonderful, though, for the life of every believer, and will fan into flame even a tiny spark of prayer.
In my own experience, nothing is as transforming, or healing, than time spent with the Lord, and this book advocates that, above all else.
I found this book to be solidly scriptural, and refreshing in its approach to prayer.
Transformation and prayer go hand in hand, in the life of the believer.
37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
The Key to Real Christlikeness 9 May 2004
By Mark Ebert - Published on
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Greg Boyd has come through with great insight into the shortcomings of the try harder method of transformation.It just doesn't produce genuine or lasting results.His answer, "imaginative prayer" introduces the reader to the way of intimacy with God that many of the true friends of Jesus throughout the history of the church have taken and found to be the path to real transformation. There is nothing "New Age" about this. Yes it is different from what we are used to, but a fair evaluation using both wisdom and revelation will reveal that Greg Boyd is only after connecting believers with the real Jesus. Get this book and read it. Then read it again and begin to implement what you read. It is truly transforming.Jesus is real and yes he is with us, literally, in every aspect of our lives.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
A truly healing experience 31 Aug. 2005
By Patty - Published on
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I admit it. I bought the book for someone else - someone who was going through a very difficult time and was looking for answers and inner healing. But I decided I had better read it all the way through before giving it to him. I was only a few chapters into it when I found myself sobbing, and pouring my own heart out to the Lord. Praise God for Dr. Boyd's insights on prayer and on the importance of opening our hearts, our minds, and our experiences (past and present) to Jesus so He can lovingly heal each one. What was especially touching to me were the examples Dr. Boyd shared from his own life and how, through his own times of intimate prayer, Jesus healed even the most painful of memories. I recommend the book to anyone who desires to experience the loving touch of God and His healing presence in their own lives.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Refreshing insight for dutiful but bored pray-ers 30 Aug. 2005
By Daniel L. Jones - Published on
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Dr. Boyd has been blessed with one of the keenest minds in American theological circles today. Seldom will you find such a combination of honesty, careful scholarship and passion in one "package" as you do here.

Seeing Is Believing is just the prescription for those Christians who know they should pray but find no satisfaction in their praying. Boyd opens up the reality of genuine communion with the God who longs for our fellowship like few writers on the scene today.

While there will always be those who react in knee-jerk fashion to any thought that is new to them, honest hearts who long for intimate communion with Jesus will appreciate this wonderful and Biblical book which validates the experience of thousands of hungry seekers throughout spiritual history who have found that God is more than just a concept or a theological tenet--He is a Person who wants to be experienced by His creatures.
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