Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £16.79

Buy Now for £16.79

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

A "holy habit" that will change your life!

Experience true spiritual transformation: Invite God's presence into your life! Popular author, theologian, and pastor Gregory Boyd shows you how - simply, practically, and effectively - in this thoughtful and accessible book. Discover:

  • How to pray continually
  • What it means to "take every thought captive"
  • How to wake up to God’s ever-present love - God is closer to you than the air you breathe

He is present in every given moment. Wake up to his presence! Turn off the mental chatter that keeps you from seeing his glory. Embrace the holy habit of inviting God's presence into your life, and be transformed!

We long to be transformed. Yet our minds are filled with endless trivia and self-centered chatter. To-do lists. Worries about the past. Speculation about the future. We forget to live in the present moment...and to invite God to be with us there.

After reading classic contemplative authors Brother Lawrence, Jean-Pierre de Caussade, and Frank Laubach, theologian and pastor Gregory Boyd longed to experience the presence of God for himself. For two decades, he's attempted to implement the "practice of the presence of God" in his own life...sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing. What he's learned as a fellow pilgrim on his spiritual journey can help you find true spiritual transformation as you begin to practice the discipline of inviting God into every moment.

"I've become absolutely convinced that remaining aware of God's presence moment-by-moment is the single most important task in the life of every follower of Jesus," Boyd writes. "I'm convinced this challenge is implied in our commitment to surrender our life to Christ, for the only real life we have to surrender to him is the one we live moment-by-moment." Join Boyd on this transformational journey of a lifetime!

©2010 Gregory A. Boyd (P)2010 Zondervan

What listeners say about The Present Perfect

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for nick larson
  • nick larson
  • 03-05-17

practical, yet deeply thoughtful

I love Greg Boyd. his mind just seems to have an ability to grasp the overwhelming and subdue the super natural. this book helped me remember that no matter what, no matter when, I am always surrounded by the love of our beautiful God. fighting through depression, that is really saying something!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for S. Paul Abbott
  • S. Paul Abbott
  • 25-01-16

For anyone thirsting for the Living God

This is one of the most helpful books written for followers of Jesus who want more than religion and are willing to surrender their will to the love and direction of God's Spirit!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-06-20

Truly Life Changing

There are very few books that have the power to change a person's life for more than a few days. This book can change your life not just for a few days but for good if you let it. No secret formulas. No esoteric knowledge. Just the clear, simple advice of a few noteworthy Christians out of the past to show us the way.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Philip L. Penner
  • Philip L. Penner
  • 20-09-19

The Present Perfect: Finding God in the Now

This book came just at the right for me. God has for years been nudging closer to learning in the present with Him and this was "perfect" for this present moment. God is always here right now He never leaves and learning to live in that reality can be life transformative.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-17

Great work on THE most important Christian topic

The Church, especially the American Church must recover the hostorical and Biblical practice of the Presence of God.

We are living as functional athiests in this world, as sheep who cannot hear their Shephard's voice, and so are Lords of our own lives, led not by the Spirit, but by our own broken wills . We have tossed aside the living and active relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ - being and doing only that which we see and hear the Father doing just as He did - that we were made for, in favor of a dead traditionalism.

This is the same traditionalism that seeks the kingdom through law rather than love and grace, that throws stones at, rather than pouring out love on, broken sinners, that put people in power who create policies that crush the poor and oppressed in the name of cowardly fear, and that sent Christ Himself to the Cross.

Learning to hear and obey the Holy Spirit by constantly making ourselves aware of His real and abiding - but gentle and loving - voice, is what produces the fruit of a Christianity that actually looks like the profundly beautful kingdom of God, and not just another ugly version of the violent, tribal, hateful and destructive kingdom of the world.

This book gives practical advice on developing tbis kind - the only real kind - of relationship with God. If you are a Christian, and you feel confused, directionless, that God is silent, then read this book.