Is It Just My Imagination?: A Reflection on the Place of Imagination in the Christian Life

Charles Mosley

Publisher: Xlibris Pages: 43 Price: (paperback) $15.99 ISBN: 9781543462005 Reviewed: December, 2018 Author Website: Visit »

In this short meditation on consciousness, free will, and the nature of reality, Charles Mosley explores the importance of the imagination in helping us connect more fully with God. Here he argues that the imagination is more than daydreaming or mental flights of fancy, but a tool that helps us become co-creators of God’s plan for the world.

Mixing Christian theology with philosophical insight, the author explores how our thoughts can give shape and form to ideas while providing concrete understanding of divine principles like creation, love, and faith. Essentially, what we can conceive inside ourselves (such as the idea of a family) we can achieve outside ourselves (by marrying and having children). God has given us free will to do so.

Of course, there are parameters, the author contends. We live “with limitations regarding what [we] can imagine” and what we can and should “bring to objective reality.” In other words, just because you can imagine a perfect house doesn’t mean you should build one if you don’t have the proper supplies or foundation. Case in point, Mosley examines the story of Absalom, the son of King David, who imagined usurping his father from the throne only to meet an untimely death. Our imaginings and the actions that follow have repercussions, and Mosley notes that “God will judge what we do,” especially if the actions we take are not in alignment with God’s will.

Mosley’s book is scripturally-based, thoughtful, and well-written. He keeps his arguments short and focused, always tying his examples back to the basic theme that the imagination is a gift to be used wisely. Although short, Is it Just My Imagination? is an intellectually challenging read—an intelligent work for Christians looking to deepen their prayer life and better understand the complex nature of who we are in the eyes of God.

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