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So much of our faith is lived out in our heads. We study the Bible, sit through sermons, pray with our eyes closed. All of these are good things. There is a world around us, however, that is crammed with heaven if we have eyes to see it and ears to hear it and hands to touch it. The goodness of God is waiting for us to taste and see. The aroma of Christ surrounds us. In Se So much of our faith is lived out in our heads. We study the Bible, sit through sermons, pray with our eyes closed. All of these are good things. There is a world around us, however, that is crammed with heaven if we have eyes to see it and ears to hear it and hands to touch it. The goodness of God is waiting for us to taste and see. The aroma of Christ surrounds us. In Sensing God, musician and theologian Joel Clarkson points us to a life of faith that is enchanted by the glory of divine craftsmanship, inviting us to practice a faith that is true, good, pure, and altogether lovely.


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So much of our faith is lived out in our heads. We study the Bible, sit through sermons, pray with our eyes closed. All of these are good things. There is a world around us, however, that is crammed with heaven if we have eyes to see it and ears to hear it and hands to touch it. The goodness of God is waiting for us to taste and see. The aroma of Christ surrounds us. In Se So much of our faith is lived out in our heads. We study the Bible, sit through sermons, pray with our eyes closed. All of these are good things. There is a world around us, however, that is crammed with heaven if we have eyes to see it and ears to hear it and hands to touch it. The goodness of God is waiting for us to taste and see. The aroma of Christ surrounds us. In Sensing God, musician and theologian Joel Clarkson points us to a life of faith that is enchanted by the glory of divine craftsmanship, inviting us to practice a faith that is true, good, pure, and altogether lovely.

30 review for Sensing God: Experiencing the Divine in Nature, Food, Music, and Beauty

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Wolfe

    It's hard to even find words to express how much this book blessed, refreshed, and encouraged me. God is so good to give us good gifts. Joel Clarkson takes us through our senses, music, feasting, and more to help us see how God reveals Himself to us, and how He has given us ways to show His love to others in community. It's an absolutely beautiful book; I've underlined many things and even shared passages with friends and family who now can't wait to read it. You may just weep, cheer, and everyt It's hard to even find words to express how much this book blessed, refreshed, and encouraged me. God is so good to give us good gifts. Joel Clarkson takes us through our senses, music, feasting, and more to help us see how God reveals Himself to us, and how He has given us ways to show His love to others in community. It's an absolutely beautiful book; I've underlined many things and even shared passages with friends and family who now can't wait to read it. You may just weep, cheer, and everything in between to respond to the beauty in this book. - "When we align our hearts to God's heart, it's not that we get what we desire; it's that He recreates and redirects our desires toward that which truly satisfies. We let go of the simplistic things we once wanted because we are given something far more magnificent. We are given the opportunity to see the world as it is. The inner eyes of our hearts are opened to the only true reality, so that our hearts may desire the only thing which truly satisfies." - "Jesus isn't only the source and the sustenance of beauty. He is also the *end* of beauty, the final point toward which all our desires as Christians are aligned. ... [T]hrough Jesus' incarnation, life, and death on the cross, eternity stepped into time, declaring God's creation worth redeeming." - "We are made to make music, our bodies intricately designed to sing in praise. And yet, rather than merely praising the utility of our constructed selves, perhaps it is in the very limitations of our form that music opens up the beauty of God’s infinite reality: our constant need to breathe in and out again and again, the challenge to stay in tune and on beat, the frailty of our voices, so easily susceptible to injury or illness. It is a gift given precisely through the constraints of our bodies. As 2 Corinthians says of Christ in us, 'we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.' God uses the earthen vessels of our limited selves to express the limitlessness of the goodness awaiting us beyond the veil of our earthly lives. Somehow, paradoxically, the more our limitations come into view, the more God’s power is expressed." - "Finally, the realization came to me: This is what my heart had anticipated. This is what I was made for: community, and communion, for the joy of the feast. Each bite had reinstated me to the remembrance of those who loved me and to the goodwill of those gathered there, expressed to me in their shared fellowship. Each savoring of a new flavor returned me to that truth and grounded me in the comfort of that knowing. ... This is because the feast is at the heart of the whole of God’s story, and at the very middle of it is the invitation into communion." I really can't recommend this book enough for every believer. This beautiful and refreshing reminder is just what I needed this year (and every year). {I was provided an advance copy of this book by NavPress Books in exchange for my honest review.}

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Smith

    The comforting and inspiring words in this beautiful book are refreshing to the soul. Many Christians are familiar and experienced in having an intellectual relationship with God, and for many this is their primary engagement with the Divine. However, as Clarkson points out in these pages, we miss so much of who God is, and who we are, by only engaging with God with our minds. Clarkson invites his readers to an awareness of the workings of the Divine already present and active in the world throu The comforting and inspiring words in this beautiful book are refreshing to the soul. Many Christians are familiar and experienced in having an intellectual relationship with God, and for many this is their primary engagement with the Divine. However, as Clarkson points out in these pages, we miss so much of who God is, and who we are, by only engaging with God with our minds. Clarkson invites his readers to an awareness of the workings of the Divine already present and active in the world through the tangible and rudimentary avenue of our senses. Clarkson invites us to open our eyes and to become aware of the ways in which music, food, nature, the physical touch from other human beings, fasting, and feasting are drawing us into a closer relationship with Christ. The words in these pages are a profound nourishment to the soul.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anna Noden

    I think I've been longing for this book for years now without knowing. While Clarkson would probably say that I was not longing for this BOOK as much as I was longing for sensate worship of God, I believe that this book has emboldened me in the freedom of experiencing God through my senses. I'm a bullet point gal, so here's a list of reasons this book was amazing: - Clarkson pulls from SO MANY Christian traditions. From Catholic, to Orthodox, to Presbyterian, to Anglican, he has included such a d I think I've been longing for this book for years now without knowing. While Clarkson would probably say that I was not longing for this BOOK as much as I was longing for sensate worship of God, I believe that this book has emboldened me in the freedom of experiencing God through my senses. I'm a bullet point gal, so here's a list of reasons this book was amazing: - Clarkson pulls from SO MANY Christian traditions. From Catholic, to Orthodox, to Presbyterian, to Anglican, he has included such a diverse array of Christian thought. Not only does this make his ideas more widely appealing to Christians of all backgrounds, it strengthens his argument that worshipping God with our senses is an orthodox Christian practice and not simply a denominational preference. - It is BEAUTIFULLY written. Clarkson does not sacrifice content for fluffy adjectives. He writes compelling arguments and narratives while maintaining depth and beauty. - It is already changing the way I live. I take walks now just to look at the sky and listen to the birds. I don't feel the need to crowd every worship moment with a sermon or podcast on theology. I enjoy incense and candles. I have begun to recognize the holy necessity of fasting. The ideas in this book feel so rudimental, and yet they have been buried under the Western push for intellectualism over embodied practice. Read this book. It is moving and eloquent and sincere.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kaylee

    The vast majority of this book was beautiful, inviting and engaging. Joel has the ability to paint pictures with his words in a delightful way. I marked so many quotes as I read, especially enjoying his description of communion and feasting. And then there were parts that felt like an academic analysis of music and writing that was dry and a bit difficult to wade through. I can imagine many will read those parts and thoroughly enjoy them, therefore enjoying Joel's book to the fullest but I wante The vast majority of this book was beautiful, inviting and engaging. Joel has the ability to paint pictures with his words in a delightful way. I marked so many quotes as I read, especially enjoying his description of communion and feasting. And then there were parts that felt like an academic analysis of music and writing that was dry and a bit difficult to wade through. I can imagine many will read those parts and thoroughly enjoy them, therefore enjoying Joel's book to the fullest but I wanted to be honest for those readers who may be more like me. Overall I enjoyed this look at how God uses the senses He has given us to help us more fully enter into relationship with Him. #netgalley #sensinggod

  5. 5 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    In this book, author Joel Clarkson encourages his readers to join their intellectual knowledge of God with a deeply felt sense of His presence through beautiful and good earthly things. In the first few chapters, Clarkson lays out his rationale for understanding the role that the senses play in the Christian faith, and even though he does not intend for this to be a comprehensive doctrinal work, he makes a strong case for why Christians should pursue encountering God through their senses, which In this book, author Joel Clarkson encourages his readers to join their intellectual knowledge of God with a deeply felt sense of His presence through beautiful and good earthly things. In the first few chapters, Clarkson lays out his rationale for understanding the role that the senses play in the Christian faith, and even though he does not intend for this to be a comprehensive doctrinal work, he makes a strong case for why Christians should pursue encountering God through their senses, which are good and designed by Him. Throughout the remainder of the book, Clarkson addresses different categories of sensory joys, such as experiencing nature, music, beauty, flavor, and human companionship. Seeking Beauty He shares real-life examples from his own experiences, and concludes each chapter with reflection questions to help readers think about how they have experienced God's grandeur and love through the sense just addressed, and how they can cultivate this more. This book is great for personal use or group discussion, and because Clarkson draws on writings and traditions from a variety of different denominational backgrounds, Christians of different theological convictions and methods of practice can all find something helpful here. I found this book refreshing, and appreciated the lack of tribalism in it. Clarkson does not try to persuade his readers to come around to his exact way of viewing the world, but provides guidance for how everyone can see beauty where they are. I especially appreciated the chapters on touch and on fasting, because Clarkson handles both of these sensitive subjects unusually well. He acknowledges how "perilous" touch can be, but provides examples from Scripture and Christian history to show how healing, self-giving, and full of dignity meaningful touch can be. Regarding fasting, instead of promoting it merely as asceticism or a method of exerting control over the body, he conceptualizes it as a way to wash the windows of our hearts, reorienting our senses through temporary denial to see things more clearly. Although Clarkson deliberately does not provide step-by-step programs for applying these ideas, he helps his readers refresh their views of the senses in holistic and meaningful ways. Conclusion This is a great book for Christians to read, regardless of their denomination or current level of sensitivity to the world around them. People who are already attuned to God's divine presence in earthly joys can find this book helpful as Clarkson articulates concepts that are difficult to put into words, and readers who tend to discount the significance of the senses, or who regularly feel distracted from them, can benefit from this book's refreshing and simple challenge to become more aware and invested in the beauty around us. This book provides an orthodox and heart-stirring view of how significant the senses are to a relationship with God, encouraging readers to embrace the full implications and richness of their God-given humanity. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anna Roussel

    This timely book entered the world yesterday. Simple, slim, yet deeply written, as is typical of anyone from the Clarkson family, it works to connect a Biblical worldview (in thought and mind) to the world of the senses. It accomplishes its task with grace, brevity, and whole-hearted strength. I love one of the opening chapter's tricky task to tie the physical to the metaphysical: the use of the 5 senses to write Truth from fingertips to neural byways, its carriage the metaphor. I love the entra This timely book entered the world yesterday. Simple, slim, yet deeply written, as is typical of anyone from the Clarkson family, it works to connect a Biblical worldview (in thought and mind) to the world of the senses. It accomplishes its task with grace, brevity, and whole-hearted strength. I love one of the opening chapter's tricky task to tie the physical to the metaphysical: the use of the 5 senses to write Truth from fingertips to neural byways, its carriage the metaphor. I love the entrance of Nature to describe the senses place in a Christian ecosystem. I love the excursions into the church fathers throughout the chapters. Theologians through the centuries wrestled with the purpose of the body and noticed the value of the senses. Joel Clarkson's knowledge and background in music instills the chapter on "Creation's Song" with a musician's rhetoric. Even the tongue-in-cheek titled "Common Sense" sections at the end of every chapter not only make my inner love of play on words smile, but these sections also immediately launch the attached chapter into a springboard for meaningful and delicious practices to exhibit a Biblical worldview richly through physical means. A book humble to suggest that it is but the handbook, and the real quest is its very topic, to lay it aside and humbly seek to know in a frail human capacity the richness, justice, grace, mercy, and glory the Divine through the carriage that God has given us: our physical bodies and world. My only request? A desire for more. With such a rich life and knowledge bank, I crave a menu of resources written from this author's experiences and encounters to drape around the senses and help readers like myself practically and pragmatically experience the Divine. Perhaps a handbook will follow. 🙂

  7. 5 out of 5

    Krista Mc

    While it was a challenge for me to connect with the author and his writing (partly due to reading an ebook format instead of a hard copy), there were some chapters I enjoyed very much. Chapter 1 was beautiful and wonderful, and set me up for the rest of the book. Chapters 4 and 7 were stand-outs to me, and I loved the journal/thought prompts found at the end of every chapter. These will give me some opportunities to interact with what I read. I did experience struggle at times to understand wher While it was a challenge for me to connect with the author and his writing (partly due to reading an ebook format instead of a hard copy), there were some chapters I enjoyed very much. Chapter 1 was beautiful and wonderful, and set me up for the rest of the book. Chapters 4 and 7 were stand-outs to me, and I loved the journal/thought prompts found at the end of every chapter. These will give me some opportunities to interact with what I read. I did experience struggle at times to understand where the author was going--perhaps I am not academic enough to grasp it--but what I did grasp, I enjoyed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katie Mae

    Sensing God is a delight! This book was a balm for my soul. Joel Clarkson reminds us that we experience God through more than just traditional ways we are accustomed to but also in nature, food, music, and beauty. Since I was a child I have always felt the presence of God when in nature and had my breath taken away by the beauty of his creation. Clarkson's book put to words what I was never fully able to before. God created all five of our senses it is only natural that we would use those same f Sensing God is a delight! This book was a balm for my soul. Joel Clarkson reminds us that we experience God through more than just traditional ways we are accustomed to but also in nature, food, music, and beauty. Since I was a child I have always felt the presence of God when in nature and had my breath taken away by the beauty of his creation. Clarkson's book put to words what I was never fully able to before. God created all five of our senses it is only natural that we would use those same five senses to experience and worship the Creator.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marin Artiga

    This book is such a gift! It enlivened my senses with beautiful language and inspiration. Joel walks through each of our senses and what it means to experience God in every aspect of our embodied lives. He casts a vision for living in the reality of the kingdom of God restoring and renewing creation right here and now, in our everyday lives! We get to be a part of proclaiming the goodness of God when we delight in His creation and offer back praise to God who is the source of all glory. He gives This book is such a gift! It enlivened my senses with beautiful language and inspiration. Joel walks through each of our senses and what it means to experience God in every aspect of our embodied lives. He casts a vision for living in the reality of the kingdom of God restoring and renewing creation right here and now, in our everyday lives! We get to be a part of proclaiming the goodness of God when we delight in His creation and offer back praise to God who is the source of all glory. He gives expression to the longings we all have but maybe haven’t been able to articulate before. “We long for beauty because we long for the one who is the source of beauty and who calls us back to life through the means of beauty in our lives. When we sin, it is often not that the desire itself is wrong, but rather, that it is not aimed toward the only thing that can satisfy.” “Nature bears the hallmarks of a creator whose cosmos isn’t only orderly: It is beautiful. It is brought into being—and sustained—by the one who is in the image of the invisible God. In this sense, it bears the imprint of God’s image in its very form and flow. This vitality, this beauty, this structure and intention reveals to us something of God’s nature, something of who He is. And this revelation of Himself through nature is meant to be grasped, to be understood and responded to in praise. The beauty and the order of the universe is made manifest by the beholding of that glorious expression. The pinnacle of God’s creative act is element within creation which sums up in itself the whole glorious interplay of the multiplicity of the cosmos beyond it: humanity. In each of us is the capacity to not only express the glory of creation, as part of the created order, but to offer it back in praise to God as the source of that glory.” I underlined so many passages in this rich little book because they give voice to things I’ve intuitively felt, but never had language to express. I’m sure I will pick up this book again and again whenever I need a reminder that the glory of God is woven into our world, and I just need eyes to see it, ears to hear it, and hands to touch it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robin Bermel

    A beautiful book that opens my senses to seeing and receiving God all around me. I think that I would be drawn to this book by Joel Clarkson in any season. But given the length of this pandemic, the outdoors seems to be particularly healing. And the way that Joel opens up the holiness of the outdoors (and everywhere), it is especially healing. Prose like this: "To engage with creation is an act of praise, returning the beauty and glory of creation to the one in whom it has its source." And this: A beautiful book that opens my senses to seeing and receiving God all around me. I think that I would be drawn to this book by Joel Clarkson in any season. But given the length of this pandemic, the outdoors seems to be particularly healing. And the way that Joel opens up the holiness of the outdoors (and everywhere), it is especially healing. Prose like this: "To engage with creation is an act of praise, returning the beauty and glory of creation to the one in whom it has its source." And this: "Every time we cherish a beautiful sunset, or relish a cool wind on our face, whenever we bask in the glory of sunlight, or delight in the restoring grace of rain—every instance in which we reckon with God’s beautiful created world and our heart rises in praise, not only are we beholding Jesus’ hidden presence, we are also declaring it to be a faithful promise of what is yet to come." Those words draw me to praise in the one who created all things. Thank you, Joel, for this holy work. I read it, treasure the direction it points my soul, and will share with others.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tamar K

    Sensing God is a book for such a time as this. In the shadow of the uncertainty and stress in the world, Clarkson's gentle reminder to heed the presence of God through nature, food, music and beauty is a must read for anyone struggling to sense God in the darkness. The author's sensitivity to experiencing God thus is woven smoothly together with anecdotes and illustrations set on a solid theological base, and he then pulls out questions and recommendations for the reader to take forward. I found Sensing God is a book for such a time as this. In the shadow of the uncertainty and stress in the world, Clarkson's gentle reminder to heed the presence of God through nature, food, music and beauty is a must read for anyone struggling to sense God in the darkness. The author's sensitivity to experiencing God thus is woven smoothly together with anecdotes and illustrations set on a solid theological base, and he then pulls out questions and recommendations for the reader to take forward. I found Sensing God to be an affirmation of the practices I learned as a child and a much needed reminder to renew them after a stressful year. Making space and time to sense God renews the soul and settles that divine peace in the heart. After listening to the audiobook version (read by the author), I went back and used the print version as a devotional guide and found it a particularly beneficial focus for the start of a new year.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ReadingScotland

    Most Christians understand the deep importance of Special Revelation (God's written Word, the Bible) to our faith. In my experience, many Christians fail to grasp the importance of General Revelation (knowledge about God discovered through natural means like nature, music, beauty, etc.) for the strengthening and deepening of their faith. This book explores the incredible gift that General Revelation is and how we can best enjoy this gift through things like enjoyment of nature, the spiritual asp Most Christians understand the deep importance of Special Revelation (God's written Word, the Bible) to our faith. In my experience, many Christians fail to grasp the importance of General Revelation (knowledge about God discovered through natural means like nature, music, beauty, etc.) for the strengthening and deepening of their faith. This book explores the incredible gift that General Revelation is and how we can best enjoy this gift through things like enjoyment of nature, the spiritual aspect of music, the ability of art to communicate, the fellowship that grows through human touch, the heightened sensitivity that comes with a period of denying the senses for a time (fasting), and then the all encompassing joy and delight of feasting, first with others here on earth, but always pointing ahead to that feast day Christians long for at the end of time. As an artist and nature lover I can't recommend this book more highly!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    How often we forget that He is everywhere we look, for He created all for our pleasure! Especially in dry seasons this book teaches those seeking the face of God that he can be found in the mundane everyday which draws us closer to Him if choose to awaken our senses and fully take Him in as we’re meant. Having previously read books on teaching children the wonder of our creator through nature and education, it is refreshing to have a book focused on the individual heart. What am I taking in thro How often we forget that He is everywhere we look, for He created all for our pleasure! Especially in dry seasons this book teaches those seeking the face of God that he can be found in the mundane everyday which draws us closer to Him if choose to awaken our senses and fully take Him in as we’re meant. Having previously read books on teaching children the wonder of our creator through nature and education, it is refreshing to have a book focused on the individual heart. What am I taking in through my senses around me? Where have I missed Him? These have been my main questions throughout reading this exquisite piece of Joel’s heart. As a parent I cannot impart what I do not myself possess. This book will open your eyes to that which has been overlooked in day to day life that speaks His name.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pierce Hibbs

    Joel Clarkson’s Sensing God was a breath of fresh air for me. It can be easy for Christian readers to lump sensory experience into the category of “flesh” or “things of the world.” This makes our sensory experiences (taste, touch, smell, sight, hearing) immediately suspect when sin is present. But while senses can be avenues for sin, they can also be avenues for worship. God, after all, made our senses. In this book, Clarkson sets out to help us “discover how Jesus is seeking us in the points of Joel Clarkson’s Sensing God was a breath of fresh air for me. It can be easy for Christian readers to lump sensory experience into the category of “flesh” or “things of the world.” This makes our sensory experiences (taste, touch, smell, sight, hearing) immediately suspect when sin is present. But while senses can be avenues for sin, they can also be avenues for worship. God, after all, made our senses. In this book, Clarkson sets out to help us “discover how Jesus is seeking us in the points of sensory contact embedded in every part of our lives” (p. 8). In other words, he wants to help us see how our senses can be roads leading to the glorious beauty of Christ himself. Our sensory experience, in that way, can play a powerful part in helping us to encounter the triune God’s presence and draw nearer to him in worship.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hailey Hudson

    Anything the Clarkson family does is wonderful. I preordered this book and I was not disappointed! Joel talks about how we can use our senses to see God incarnate in the stuff of the world — like music, food, and nature. The points he brought up blew my mind and really helped me understand sacraments and the incarnation in a new way. A must read for any creative and/or any Christian. — “What if what you are seeking is hidden in plain sight all around you?” — “Evil, no matter how profound or widespr Anything the Clarkson family does is wonderful. I preordered this book and I was not disappointed! Joel talks about how we can use our senses to see God incarnate in the stuff of the world — like music, food, and nature. The points he brought up blew my mind and really helped me understand sacraments and the incarnation in a new way. A must read for any creative and/or any Christian. — “What if what you are seeking is hidden in plain sight all around you?” — “Evil, no matter how profound or widespread, is never an equal and opposite balance to good. The days of death are numbered.” — “We needed more than to simply be told that the light was real; we needed to experience it.” — “We are destined for redemption. Music assists us in comprehending the joy of what our finite, flawed minds cannot yet understand.”

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Sander

    Sensing God by Joel Clarkson is a stimulating read that will indulge your intellect, emotions and senses. I found chapter 6 (To Touch the Face of God: Encountering God’s Kindness in Human Connection) to be particularly inspirational and very timely, given the state of the world right now. God’s purpose for us is to be in relationship with him and to love others and he fleshes this out so beautifully. And the examples and stories given are quite touching. All the chapters; however, are filled wit Sensing God by Joel Clarkson is a stimulating read that will indulge your intellect, emotions and senses. I found chapter 6 (To Touch the Face of God: Encountering God’s Kindness in Human Connection) to be particularly inspirational and very timely, given the state of the world right now. God’s purpose for us is to be in relationship with him and to love others and he fleshes this out so beautifully. And the examples and stories given are quite touching. All the chapters; however, are filled with bits of wisdom from those who have gone before us, Clarkson’s own personal experiences, and many opportunities for practical application. You’ll enjoy this book if you’re needing a fresh and unique perspective on having a personal relationship with God.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    I'm a firm believer that we each get a unique journey with our Lord. It's incredibly easy to get caught up in our earthly lives that we forget how we can fully interact with Him using all of our senses. We can indulge in a life with Him in ways that we often don't think about. The world has shown us how dark and lonely it can be -- but it definitely does not have to be that way! Throughout the book, I felt comforted and pushed out of my earthly comfort zone to connect on a much deeper level. Thi I'm a firm believer that we each get a unique journey with our Lord. It's incredibly easy to get caught up in our earthly lives that we forget how we can fully interact with Him using all of our senses. We can indulge in a life with Him in ways that we often don't think about. The world has shown us how dark and lonely it can be -- but it definitely does not have to be that way! Throughout the book, I felt comforted and pushed out of my earthly comfort zone to connect on a much deeper level. This book is packed full of inspiration, beauty, and full of gifts that you didn't know you wanted (or needed!). I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I've been looking forward to this book for months since I first knew it was coming in Fall of 2020. I have been listening to his music and thought the premise of this book was intriguing. This is exactly what I wanted...*needed* to read right now. With the world upside down, this book was a comfort. Always leaning toward finding God in the beauty of everyday things that we forget we're blessed to receive as gifts: nature, good food, conversation with friends (even if it's over zoom!), music, and I've been looking forward to this book for months since I first knew it was coming in Fall of 2020. I have been listening to his music and thought the premise of this book was intriguing. This is exactly what I wanted...*needed* to read right now. With the world upside down, this book was a comfort. Always leaning toward finding God in the beauty of everyday things that we forget we're blessed to receive as gifts: nature, good food, conversation with friends (even if it's over zoom!), music, and the joy that simple pleasures like hobbies or exercise can bring us. In a nutshell, it's a big book of gratitude of God's blessings which fill the senses to bursting! I'm looking forward to reading more from Joel Clarkson in the future.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michaela

    I loved this book. The content is excellent, as is Joel Clarkson's narration of his book (I listened to the audio book). It is a veritable feast of ideas and thoughts as an introduction to how we might use our own senses to develop our relationship with God. I liked the format of the book, especially the 'common senses' sections at the end of the chapters, which gave practical ideas to help with learning. It is a book that gives a sound theology about 'sensing God', but also gives a lot of space I loved this book. The content is excellent, as is Joel Clarkson's narration of his book (I listened to the audio book). It is a veritable feast of ideas and thoughts as an introduction to how we might use our own senses to develop our relationship with God. I liked the format of the book, especially the 'common senses' sections at the end of the chapters, which gave practical ideas to help with learning. It is a book that gives a sound theology about 'sensing God', but also gives a lot of space to encourage our own thinking and different ways to explore how we can deepen our faith through using all of our senses. I also discovered some great new music I hadn't heard before. I really enjoyed this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lacy

    In our family, we are so intentional about finding God’s beauty in our daily lives, whether it be out hiking in nature, cooking and baking delicious things, painting beautiful pictures, listening to soothing music, always trying to use all our senses. Joel’s book goes into such beautiful and eloquent details about this and solidifies our desire to be closer to God with our sight, taste, touch, smell and hearing. I loved it so much! “The whole of creation is the first act of creativity, the first In our family, we are so intentional about finding God’s beauty in our daily lives, whether it be out hiking in nature, cooking and baking delicious things, painting beautiful pictures, listening to soothing music, always trying to use all our senses. Joel’s book goes into such beautiful and eloquent details about this and solidifies our desire to be closer to God with our sight, taste, touch, smell and hearing. I loved it so much! “The whole of creation is the first act of creativity, the first and most primal work of art.” -Joel Clarkson. Just beautiful!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Misty Krasawski

    What a beautiful book this is. Joel is a faithful narrator of his own life, allowing us a window into the thoughts and feelings of a person experiencing the world in all its grandeur and minutiae, pointing out the places we may have missed God whispering to us. Too often books which portend to explain God do so through expressions of rules and picking apart of difficult statements. This one invites us to consider nature's declaration of the goodness of God and find it everywhere. Highly recommen What a beautiful book this is. Joel is a faithful narrator of his own life, allowing us a window into the thoughts and feelings of a person experiencing the world in all its grandeur and minutiae, pointing out the places we may have missed God whispering to us. Too often books which portend to explain God do so through expressions of rules and picking apart of difficult statements. This one invites us to consider nature's declaration of the goodness of God and find it everywhere. Highly recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Having read books by every member of the author’s family, I was wondering how the book would be. I am very pleased that I did read the book. The writing enveloped you, helping you understand the points Mr Clarkson was making. And those points, well, they were wonderful. It is refreshing to see our path on Earth with new eyes. So often I can get in a routine with my walk, it is imperative to remember who I am worshipping. These chapters help bring God to mind, no matter what we are doing. We can Having read books by every member of the author’s family, I was wondering how the book would be. I am very pleased that I did read the book. The writing enveloped you, helping you understand the points Mr Clarkson was making. And those points, well, they were wonderful. It is refreshing to see our path on Earth with new eyes. So often I can get in a routine with my walk, it is imperative to remember who I am worshipping. These chapters help bring God to mind, no matter what we are doing. We can learn to worship Him in everything and in every way. In a world of chaos, how amazing is it to know that we can rest knowing that God is good and He is inviting us into His be with Him.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Wendy J

    Joel Clarkson's thoughtful perspective and reminiscent stories of the impactful childhood he had from a lifegiving family all meld together to give us this beautiful collection of thoughts about God and the beauty He made for us to enjoy. Joel's writing style is refreshing and thoughtful. He makes you think and weaves practical realizations in with powerful passages of Scripture to change the way you think about the beauty that surrounds us and the God waiting for us to discover more about Him a Joel Clarkson's thoughtful perspective and reminiscent stories of the impactful childhood he had from a lifegiving family all meld together to give us this beautiful collection of thoughts about God and the beauty He made for us to enjoy. Joel's writing style is refreshing and thoughtful. He makes you think and weaves practical realizations in with powerful passages of Scripture to change the way you think about the beauty that surrounds us and the God waiting for us to discover more about Him and His world. A must read for the entire family......

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The goodness of God is all around us waiting for us to see. He woos and draws us if we will take the time to stop and listen!! I loved this quote from this book: It was not that we created it through our actions; surely the hidden presence of Jesus was already at work in countless sunrises stretching back to the dawn of time. She simply opened my eyes to recognize it in space and time and respond to it in worship.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Especially in the times that we are living in right now this is a very encouraging book. It encourages us to sense God in the creation that he created. To experience him with all of our five senses. I'm part way through and I already give it five stars. It is really really good and I would highly recommend it. It's important to experience God and all times of year. Even in the cold dreary days we can find a way to experience Him. Especially in the times that we are living in right now this is a very encouraging book. It encourages us to sense God in the creation that he created. To experience him with all of our five senses. I'm part way through and I already give it five stars. It is really really good and I would highly recommend it. It's important to experience God and all times of year. Even in the cold dreary days we can find a way to experience Him.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leah Hinrichs

    After reading this book I notice I have a heightened awareness to the way God is relating to me through my senses. He speaks to us through nature, music, poetry and art. Reading this book has given me a new outlook on the everyday somewhat mundane tasks of life. I am noticing the good and the beautiful more. If you want to grow in your relationship with the Lord and others I highly recommend this resource.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Humphries

    What a gorgeous book! I stayed up past midnight to finish it - something I normally reserve for novels. It's extraordinary and the exact thing I needed to read right now. It's a beautifully written, deeply sacramental ode to the majesty of creation (including us) and the glory of the Creator. It's a lyrical, pastoral (in both senses) exhortation to let the immanent point us to the transcendent and vice versa. Joel Clarkson has given us a gift. I cannot recommend it highly enough. What a gorgeous book! I stayed up past midnight to finish it - something I normally reserve for novels. It's extraordinary and the exact thing I needed to read right now. It's a beautifully written, deeply sacramental ode to the majesty of creation (including us) and the glory of the Creator. It's a lyrical, pastoral (in both senses) exhortation to let the immanent point us to the transcendent and vice versa. Joel Clarkson has given us a gift. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Doreen Rex

    I am so thrilled to have received and read this beautiful book. The timing could not have been more perfect. In the current state of things, it can be difficult to feel connected. The words of Joel Clarkson, in this case, provided the reconnection tools I needed. Reconnecting to our Creator. The supplier of all beauty and light and love. Must read most certainly.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily Gibson

    Joel Clarkson invites us into a more intimate relationship with our Creator by experiencing Him deeply through our senses. This was such a refreshing and encouraging read, reminding believers that we experience God and His beauty all around us, even when we don’t think we don’t necessarily “feel” His presence.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Moraitis

    Pour yourself a cup of tea to enjoy this quiet contemplation of a book. I felt so grateful reading this book about the senses and how they show Jesus in so many varied ways. I also found myself noting poets and authors I wanted to learn more about as I read. What an encouraging way to start the year!

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