What does it mean to be “Simply Open”?

by ggeurs

This is a review of the book Simply Open by Greg Paul.

Prayer.  What is prayer?  What does it mean to pray?  How does one pray?  Can a song be a prayer?  Can food be related to prayer and experiencing God other than by saying grace before a meal?  In his book Simply Open, Greg Paul takes on the task of challenging the reader to encounter Divinity through all five senses plus mind and heart.  For the individual open to what Paul proposes, this project is rewarding.  And the accessible way in which he approaches the subject through his writing makes the text of Simply Open easy to engage with.

Greg Paul begins Simply Open by establishing a groundwork: what does it mean to be open, what his personal experiences are that lead him to authoring this book, and how the reader can best benefit from this book.  From there, each chapter begins with a short prayer that focuses on one of the senses, anecdotes and explanations that pick apart each line of the short prayer, and then an ending with the prayer again.

What I appreciate about this book is that the reader does not fully have to buy in to the ideas that Paul is trying to convey in order to enjoy the book.  The personal stories about encountering God in unexpected circumstances are well written and can capture the reader who has just a casual interest in the topic.  This book is worth picking up and reading, and sure the reader might not experience exactly what Paul is writing about, but there is a good chance he or she will if they remain Simply Open.

This book was provided to me for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for reviewing it.  I was not obligated to post a positive review; the opinions expressed are mine.