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Contemplative Prayer
Thomas Keating

Sounds True, Incorporated, 2004

"The Cloud of Unknowing" is one of Christianity's enduring mysteries-a meditative state where God is experienced on the deepest interior level. On Contemplative Prayer, Father Thomas Keating introduces you to the uplifting system of Centering Prayer, a revival of the contemplations practiced in the cloisters and monasteries of Europe since medieval times. This complete three-CD session covers: the contemplative path and true freedom; four steps ...


Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of Jesus (Youth Specialties)
Mark Yaconelli

Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2006

“Contemplative Youth Ministry is refreshing rain for dry youth workers and barren youth ministries. More than the same old youth ministry tips and tricks, it gives principles and practices to soak in God’s grace, love, and power. I wish I had read it 15 years ago.” - Kara Powell, Ph.D., executive director, Center for Youth Ministry and Family Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary “Mark invites readers to be encountered by the presence ...


Contemplative Prayer (Image Classics)
Thomas Merton

Image, 1971

In this classic text, Thomas Merton offers valuable guidance for prayer. He brings together a wealth of meditative and mystical influences–from John of the Cross to Eastern desert monasticism–to create a spiritual path for today. Most important, he shows how the peace contacted through meditation should not be sought in order to evade the problems of contemporary life, but can instead be directed back out into the world to affect positive ...


The Contemplative Heart
James Finley

Sorin Books, 1999

James Finley recognizes the depth and range of today's spiritual yearning and refuses to settle for anything but its most profound possibilities. He opens our everyday living to the contemplative traditions, practices, and teaching that have been traditionally the preserve of the monk, and he does so without diluting them. The Contemplative Heart, enables readers to realize that wherever we live, whatever we do, the richest possibilities of a ...


Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning
Daniel P. Barbezat, Mirabai Bush

Jossey-Bass, 2013

Contemplative pedagogy is a way for instructors to: empower students to integrate their own experience into the theoretical material they are being taught in order to deepen their understanding; help students to develop sophisticated problem-solving skills; support students’ sense of connection to and compassion for others; and engender inquiries into students’ most profound questions. Contemplative practices are used in just ...


The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction
Eugene H. Peterson

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1993

Peterson, who has been gaining a growing reputation as a "pastor's pastor", speaks words of wisdom and refreshment for pastors caught in the busy-ness of preaching, teaching, and "running the church". Chapters include poetic reflections on the Beatitudes, advice on spiritual direction "between Sundays", and the language of prayer.


On Prayer and the Contemplative Life
St. Thomas Aquinas

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012

This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare’s finesse to Oscar Wilde’s wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim’s Progress and Othello. As an anthology ...


Contemplative Vision: A Guide to Christian Art and Prayer
Juliet Benner

IVP Books, 2010

While working as a docent in an art gallery, Juliet Benner began showing people how to meditate on Christian art treasures that are rooted in a passage of Scripture. She taught a way of encountering the Word behind both the words of Scripture and the artist's meditation on Scripture. This became a way of seeing art as an aid to contemplative prayer. This process resulted in her much-beloved "O Taste and See" columns that appeared in the ...


Contemplative Provocations
Father Donald Haggerty

Ignatius Press, 2013

A great many religious people undertake a serious dedication to prayer. They are moved by a longing for a deeper encounter with God that beckons them as a distant light at night on the sea. Yet far fewer become true contemplative souls, for it is difficult to continue the quest for God in the face of many obstacles. For those who are spiritually courageous and full of desire for God, this book will provoke them to persevere in this ultimate ...


Mindfulness-Oriented Interventions for Trauma: Integrating Contemplative Practices

The Guilford Press, 2014

Grounded in research and accumulated clinical wisdom, this book describes a range of ways to integrate mindfulness and other contemplative practices into clinical work with trauma survivors. The volume showcases treatment approaches that can be tailored to this population's needs, such as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy ...


Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice
Christine Valters Paintner

Sorin Books, 2013

In this first book to explore photography as a spiritual practice from a Christian perspective, Christine Valters Paintner builds on the process of contemplative creativity she introduced online at Abbey of the Arts and in her book The Artist's Rule . She considers how a camera can help readers open "the eyes of the heart." More than a book on photographic technique, Eyes of the Heart is about cultivating photography as a spiritual practice. ...


The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes
Andy Karr, Michael Wood

Shambhala, 2011

This book teaches us how to fully connect with the visual richness of our ordinary, daily experience. Photography is not just a mechanical process; it requires learning how to see. As you develop your ability to look and see, you will open, more and more, to the natural inspiration of your surroundings. Filled with practical exercises, photographic assignments, and techniques for working with texture, light, and color, this book offers a ...


Entering the School of Your Experience (Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton)

Ave Maria Press, 2010

"Entering the School of Your Experience" helps readers explore what we mean by contemplative living and contemplative dialogue. The eight-part process moves one forward on the journey toward spiritual transformation.


Armchair Mystic: Easing Into Contemplative Prayer
Mark E. Thibodeaux S.J.

St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2001

This user-friendly book blends theory and practice, gently and concretely taking the reader through the first steps of contemplative prayer. Armchair Mystic begins with the necessary details of time and place to pray, then presents the maturation of the prayer life in four stages: Talking at God, Talking to God, Listening to God and Being With God. Each chapter begins with an Orientation and ends with a concluding summary. Step-by-step exercises ...


Lent and Holy Week (Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton)

Ave Maria Press, 2009

- Parish Faith-Sharing Groups - Christian Ecumenical Groups - Interfaith Groups - Campus Ministry Groups of Students or Staff - Small Christian Communities - Religious Communities of Men and Women - Retreats - Individual Use for Personal Spiritual Reflection and Growth


The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality
Carl McColman

Hampton Roads Publishing, 2010

Mysticism is a topic many people associate with eastern spiritual practices such as Zen Buddhism or yoga. But Christianity has its own mystical tradition with a long and rich history that reaches back to the New Testament -- and remains surprisingly relevant today. The Big Book of Christian Mysticism explores this rich tradition and shows how it can be a powerful tool for transformation and the experience of the Divine. One ...


The Contemplative Life
Joel S. Goldsmith

Citadel, 1998

Joel Goldsmith, an internationally known spiritual leader, has here brought fresh insight to the practice of contemplation and meditation in everyday living. This is a guidebook to attainment of inner peace and joy for those who are seeking a way to live a full and complete life here and now. How the mind can transcend its apparent limitations and become what it is intended to be, an instrument for the free flowing of the Spirit, is ...


The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living: Excerpts from the Works of Father Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O
Thomas Keating O.C.S.O., S. Stephanie Iachetta

Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

This work brings together for each day of the year three prayer practices for contemplative living: first, a brief "active prayer"; second, spiritual reading; and, third, Lectio Divina. The brief introductory prayer sentences are from various sources - the Bible and traditional prayers of the church or of well-known spiritual writers. The spiritual readings come from eleven of Father Keatings books and one audiotape, with a month's ...


Gate to the Heart: A Manual of Contemplative Jewish Practice
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Albion-Andalus Books, 2013

IN THE LATE 1950's, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, better known as 'Reb Zalman,' penned what was perhaps the first book on Jewish meditation and contemplative Judaism in English. It was called, The First Step: A Primer of a Jew's Spiritual Life, and was printed in a simple stapled booklet edition which he mailed out to friends and students. But it was not long before this humble booklet had reached readers as diverse as President Zalman Shazar ...


Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love
Arthur Zajonc

Lindisfarne Bks, 2008

In "Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry", Arthur Zajonc offers an overview of the meditative life, weaving practical instruction together with the guidance and inspiration of the world's great teachers, from Rudolf Steiner to Rumi, and from Goethe to the sages of Asia. Zajonc reminds us that an ethic of humility grounds all practice, and that care of the soul is the basis for sound spiritual reflection and understanding. The author carefully ...



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