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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 ...


The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology
Douglas E. Christie

Oxford University Press, 2012

"There are no unsacred places," the poet Wendell Berry has written. "There are only sacred places and desecrated places." What might it mean to behold the world with such depth and feeling that it is no longer possible to imagine it as something separate from ourselves, or to live without regard for its well-being? To understand the work of seeing things as an utterly involving moral and spiritual act? Such questions have long occupied the ...


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 ...


Contemplatives in Action: The Jesuit Way
William A. Barry, Robert G. Doherty

Paulist Pr, 2002

In The Web of Deceit, Mark Curtis reasons that Britain is a rogue state, often a violator of international law and a systematic condoner of human rights abuses, as well as a key ally of many repressive regimes. He argues that under the Blair government, Britain has become a champion of a form of globalization that is increasing the takeover of the global economy by big business and, far from changing course post-September 11th, British policies ...


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

Jossey-Bass, 2013

This book presents the background information and ideas for the practical application of contemplative practices across academic curriculum from the physical sciences to the humanities and arts. Contemplative pedagogy is more than a new, trendy technique to change the landscape of learning. Rather, it is the use of first-person involvement that helps to develop sophisticated problem-solving, empower students to draw on their own experience to ...


A Contemplative Approach to Understanding World Religions: C. G. Jung as Phenomenologist of the Soul
Blake W. Burleson

Spring Journal, Inc., 2014

How does one understand a religion not one's own? In our politically and culturally diverse and divisive times, where religious identities create tension and conflict internationally and in our own backyards, Blake Burleson addresses this most relevant of questions. Inspired by the psychology of C. G. Jung, Burleson pioneers a contemplative phenomenology which values both the paticularity and universality of the world's religions. In an age in ...


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.


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 ...


Lectio Divina: An introductory manual, 2014

An introductory manual to the practice of Lectio Divina. 10,240 words


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 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 ...


Contemplative Druidry: People Practice and Potential
Dr. James Nichol

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014

Contemplative Druidry is an evolving aspect of modern Druidry. Rather than talking in purely abstract terms, this book focuses first on the experience of people practicing contemplative Druidry now. Only then does it look at the bigger picture and draw conclusions for the developing spirituality of modern Druidry as a whole. 'Contemplative Druidry' takes the five months of March-July 2014, and offers a snapshot of how 15 practitioners of Druidry ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 Loving Search for God: Contemplative Prayer and the Cloud of Unknowing
William A. Meninger

Bloomsbury Academic, 1998

"A powerful, even stunning job of explaining contmeplative excellent guide for anyone interested in deepening his or her Christian prayer life." - Publishers Weekly>


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 ...


The Little Book of Contemplative Photography: Seeing with wonder, respect and humility (Little Books of ...
Howard Zehr

Skyhorse Publishing, 2005

           In this book, restorative justice pioneer and professor, Howard Zehr, offers busy professionals an opportunity to slow down, heighten their imaginations, and renew themselves, all while exploring the world of photography.            Restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr is also an accomplished photographer. He begins his latest book with a confession—"I have written this book in part to encourage myself to slow ...


Advent and Christmas (Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton)
The Merton Institute for Contemplative L

Ave Maria Press, 2010

In this accessible introduction to the writings of Thomas Merton, small-group participants are led on a path of spiritual growth from the first week of Advent through Christmas. Each of the books five sessions focuses on a distinct theme: hope, salvation, compassion, tenderness, or incarnation. The structure of each session includes prayers, a brief thematic introduction, probing dialogue questions, and a reading from Merton paired with a ...


Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings
Jane J. Young, Gerrie L. Grimsley

Upper Room, 2008

It's hard to hear oneself think in today's culture much less refresh one's soul. Sights and sounds - from ads placed on the back of toilet doors to loud ringtones or cars pulsing with bass - assault us every day. Peace and quiet seem out of place in 21st century everyday life. It's time to mute the cacophony. Meaningful and serene contemplative silence is possible. And it doesn't require an expensive trip to a spa. "We yearn for rest, and our ...



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