I am in the process of writing a new book: Christianity and Gestalt Therapy: The Presence of God in Human Relationships (Routledge, forthcoming). Here is a piece from the current draft:

Even though God cannot be met physically through the typical processes, God can be met through one’s lived body, through a proprioception of the Spirit (Brownell, 2016). Like the automatic physical impression one has of being situated in space or of losing or attaining balance, the impression or calling, something experienced directly from God, is a definite meeting. It is contact with divinity and a matter of phenomenality–one’s experience. Dallas Willard (1999) described this contact as thoughts that are our thoughts though thoughts that are not from us.

Just as it is possible to shut down contact between people, it is possible to shut down contact between people and God. The Bible calls this “hardening the heart.” One simply stiffens. One holds back, reinforcing doubt rather than using doubt to explore enigma. The person will not. Whatever goes into that, the person will not. It is the opposite of what God describes as a “broken and contrite heart.”

For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
You are not pleased with burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
(Psalm 51: 16 & 17 NAS)

Notice that the text describes the contrast between a religiously willful person and someone whose heart is open to meeting God. We are not simply talking about atheists who don’t believe, but also religious people who are set and satisfied in their religions. For some people Christianity can be just that–a satisfying rehearsal of abstractions and theological assertions, of rules for behavior, and formulas for bringing about what one wants to accomplish in his or her life.

I am looking forward to the completion of this book later this year. I’m enjoying working on it.