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What is it you’ve been meditating on? To many Christians, the word meditation conjures up images of Eastern mysticism and New Age nonsense. But meditation on the right topic—God’s Word—is one of the ways we get to know him best.

In John 15, Jesus commanded his disciples to abide in him and share his very life. He promised that if they did, they would be fruitful. The Word of God suggests three ways in which modern-day disciples can share in the life of Jesus: through the mind in meditation, through the affections in communion, and through the will in choosing and obeying.

Jim Downing explores each of these, giving practical instruction and encouragement to all who wish to have a more abiding relationship with the Lord.

The Logos Bible Software edition of this volume is designed to encourage and stimulate your study and understanding of spiritual disciplines. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original language texts, and important concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about faith, meditation, and Christlikeness.

Key Features

  • Discusses the acts of meditation and communion
  • Encourages readers to keep moving in their spiritual journey
  • Explores spiritual revitalization


  • God’s Picture of a Fruitful Christian
  • The Mind and Meditation
  • How to Get Started in Meditation
  • The Affections and Communion
  • How to Have Communion with God
  • The Will in Choosing and Obedience
  • Summary and Conclusion

Praise for the Print Edition

The secret to being a wise person is to meditate on God’s Word daily, not just read it. Jim Downing taught me how to do this more than 30 years ago when I was a teenager, and it radically shaped my life and ministry.

Rick Warren, founder and senior pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

Jim Downing’s life proves that regular time out for feeding our souls is the secret of spiritual impact. He has opened his private treasure chest in Meditation, a small book every serious disciplemaker needs to sift through. Its gems are worth the time.

—Jeanne Hendricks, author and speaker

Product Details

  • Title: Meditation
  • Author: Jim Downing
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 107

About Jim Downing

Jim Downing was recruited by Dawson Trotman to join The Navigators as staff in 1956. He has served as Navigator president Lorne Sanny’s deputy, as financial vice president, worked alongside many early Navigator leaders, served internationally, and was the area representative in Washington, DC until his retirement from full-time ministry in 1983. He remains on volunteer staff with The Navigators’ Collegiate Ministry. As a speaker, Jim has the rare ability to grasp Bible truths and communicate their applications to everyday life. He has traveled extensively in his responsibilities, visiting and ministering to people on every continent of the world.

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