Come Closer: The Practice of Christian Meditation
Jesus tells us, “Neither will they say, ‘Look, here!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ for behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.” Christian meditation is the practice of resting in the Kingdom in stillness and silence, placing our attention in the center of our being.
We spend time talking to God, but we rarely take time to listen, to be available to receive from Him. A fulfilling relationship needs good communication, both prayer, and meditation.
We also fill up our time attending to our many things to do. The practice of Christian meditation provides the balance to connect to our Lord and just be with Him. By doing so, we bring His grace into our daily activities.
This beautiful practice invites us to experience the Fruit of the Spirit. We all want to experience an abundance of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Some additional benefits are a stabilized emotional life, an overall sense of wellbeing, and a desire to extend God’s love to others.
I finished reading your book Come Closer and it makes the whole experience so inviting, and relational. I marvel at the many seeds that are being planted in our universe encouraging people to see and experience more than the eye can see or the mind can grasp. – Carl Arico
“Come Closer” is an excellent book on its own merit but is also a wonderful addition to Teresa Yerkes’ book series on Christian Meditation. “Come Closer” guides you through what gifts we can expect through regular meditation with God and reminds you of the patience and grace you will be given on the journey. -Jennifer Kurman
I just completed Come Closer by Teresa Yerkes. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the advice therein, but I believe what I appreciate most about the book is the Author’s reassurance to those growing in Christian meditation that a lifestyle of meditation is a practice that takes time and our journeys are different, yet, similar enough for GOD to create beautiful experiences like this book. -Odessa Patton
You will laugh and cry as you take this incredibly personal journey with Teresa. She never judges but asks the reader questions that really make you stop and think about your relationship with God. -Vicki Simek
If you are looking for a clear and concise way to meditate, “Come Closer” is the book for you. Teresa takes you on her journey of discovering how she reached the best process of how meditation worked for her and how it will work for you. She teaches you step by step how to achieve the perfect state of mind to meditate. It is book that is easy to read and worth keeping on your desk or nightstand for a continued reference as it is that good! This is a book you will love and cherish. -Carole Williams
Making Love: The Spiritual Act of Love
Teresa Yerkes’ book Making Love: The Spiritual Act of Love. The book highlights her personal love story and is also a guide to managing sensual desire. She spent four years recalling the last 40 years of her journey with her first love. A love that has lasted under incredible odds in search for a happily ever after fairy tale ending.
The book explores the possibility of having relationships with others while already in a committed relationship without dishonoring those involved. This is Teresa’s real reason for letting you into the most intimate part of her life. She wants others to know it is possible to love more than one person without compromise your values. She believes all love is a gift from God and should be handled with a sense of sacredness. Love comes in many packages and it is important to know what to do once the gift is unwrapped.
Being in love with two people at the same time is a common experience for many of us. Whether you are still experiencing feelings of love for your first love or within another relationship, it can be a time of confusion and frustration. Especially, when you feel there is no healthy way to express those feelings without hurting others. Making Love will help you navigate this tricky terrain with very practical and proven results.
Making Love will answer these challenging questions. What do you do when…
- love lasts longer than the physical relationship?
- love becomes painful and unmanageable?
- love presents itself at inconvenient times?
- love seems natural and healthy, yet can feel dangerous at times?
- love becomes obsessive and controlling?
The book will demonstrate that there is a way to stabilize emotions while allowing love to remain. There is freedom on the other side of this struggle.
Making Love: The Spiritual Act of Love is available on Amazon.com. Search Teresa Yerkes to find all her books.
Although I have not experienced the struggle of obsessive love, many of my friends have. Therefore, I am a first-hand witness to the psychic pain of being caught in such an intensely maddening maelstrom. That a woman who has been caught in such an impossible situation not only chronicles it but also offers concrete applications to move out of it is truly astonishing! Teresa writes with dispassionate clarity, never from a victim stance, and with raw honesty, taking the reader on her journey through the varying types of love which she untangles and works through with the men in her life. It is written with a great deal of courage! A testament to the healing available to all when motivated enough to put in the necessary time and effort to bring it about! -Lee Stokes
Teresa takes you on a journey of love in this riveting page turner. An honest book detailing her trials and mistakes en route to finding her Eden through years of learning. She’s written, to me, the best book of 2018. It was like a letter sent from God to me at a time of deep self inspection. She gives helpful tips on how to maneuver the some times dangerous territory of emotion and the very real struggle of the flesh vs. spirit. It takes so much courage to write a book like this. It could be like an open wound but you never get that sense in the book. She treats her situations with honesty and delicacy, being profound in her journey and helping the reader better understand theirs. -Barry Shadrach
First half of the book is an engaging journey through the ups and downs of the author’s love life, which is written in a very relatable way. The second half of the book is the lessons learned and how to navigate love when it becomes tricky, uncertain, or catches you off guard. Beneficial to those who want guidance navigating love relationships and even to those who may want to be prepared before a love relationship begins. – Jennifer Kurman
God Within You: The Case for Christian Meditation
Christian meditation is not a redesign of Eastern meditation. Christian meditation has been practiced for centuries. Christ Himself spent many hours in prayer and just being in God’s presence. You will find this book offers a compelling case for the practice that has changed the lives of so many people. Christian meditation is a practice that brings us closer to God and by the grace of God, to be united with Him. It is in being closer, we find the healing we need and the power to overcome our old nature.
Teresa hit it out of the park with this beautiful, well-written, testimony to the power of meditation in the life of a Christian.
How many of us can relate to wanting to have the mind of Christ, wanting to overcome our faulty thinking and sinful habits but feeling as though we not getting anywhere? Teresa shares her experience of being in that same place, and then discovering the power of meditation to create beautiful inner change.
Though only brief guidance is given to how to meditate (enough to get you started though! the rest is in her next book 🙂 ), this is a must read for any Christian on the fence about starting a meditation practice and needing a little motivation. Teresa’s description of her inner transformation is unparalleled. I can attest that after 5 years of my own Christian meditation practice, every word she says is true. Meditation can and will change you from the inside out! Through getting your ego off the throne and putting Christ in charge of your mind, you truly can put on the mind of Christ. This is how we enter the kingdom of God: one silent moment of surrender at a time.
Meditation is a long-honored tradition in the Christian church, dating back to Christ Himself. Meditation is the second, most important part of the 2-way conversation between God/the Holy Spirit and us. And, should you think that your monkey mind is way too busy for meditation, Teresa gives the perfect answer (and my favorite part of her book): Even if you have to bring your attention back to God hundreds of times within just a few minutes of meditation, when else during our days do we take the effort/time to do just that–train our minds on the ONLY thing worth our time, effort, and devotion: God Himself!
Friends, dive in! This is a book and journey you don’t want to miss out on! -Leah Chrest
Contact author at tyerkes@ChristianMeditationCenter.org