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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 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 about ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
On Prayer and The Contemplative Life, 2012

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.
  
  











  



  
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 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 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 Practices in Action: Spirituality, Meditation, and Health

Praeger, 2010

Contemplative practices, from meditation to Zen, are growing in popularity as methods to inspire physical and mental health. Contemplative Practices in Action: Spirituality, Meditation, and Health offers readers an introduction to these practices and the ways they can be used in the service of well being, wisdom, healing, and stress reduction. Bringing together various traditions from the East and West, this thought-provoking work ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
Lectio Divina: Contemplative Awakening and Awareness
Christine Valters Paintner, Lucy Wynkoop

Paulist Press, 2008

Lectio Divina: Contemplative Awakening and Awareness offers a unique prayer resource that provides a thorough grounding in the different moments of the lectio experience: listening, reading, savoring, responding, and then contemplating God s Word. It will act as a guide for those who have a desire to pray more deeply into this ancient practice and invites readers into a spirituality that encompasses a way of being with God and the whole of life. ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge (Columbia Series in Science and Religion)
B. Alan Wallace

Columbia University Press, 2009

Science has long treated religion as a set of personal beliefs that have little to do with a rational understanding of the mind and the universe. However, B. Alan Wallace, a respected Buddhist scholar, proposes that the contemplative methodologies of Buddhism and of Western science are capable of being integrated into a single discipline: contemplative science. The science of consciousness introduces first-person methods of investigating the ...
  
  











  



  
Contemplative Bible Reading: Experiencing God Through Scripture (Spiritual Formation Study Guides)
Richard Peace

NavPress, 1998

This study guide will help you learn to hear God's voice as you explore different Bible passages and meditate and act on the truth of the Bible. • Personal study between meetings • 8 lessons
  
  











  



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

Good Books, 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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  








   



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