Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form

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Crown Publishing Group, Dec 15, 2010 - Religion - 288 pages
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The practice of prayer and meditation in modern Western Christianity is rooted in the Eastern tradition of early Church prayer as well as the wisdom of early Church fathers. In Centering Prayer, M. Basil Pennington, the author of the highly acclaimed Daily We Touch Him, returns to these roots, offering contemporary Christians a new approach to ancient prayer forms.

Pennington combines the best of the Eastern spiritual exercises (such as the Jesus Prayer) with a spirituality for today's world. Addressing the obstacles that discourage people from praying well, he explains how to relax for prayer, how to listen to and be directed by the Other, and how to handle the pain and distractions that can stifle attempts to communicate with God. Centering Prayer has sold more than a quarter million copies since it was first published in 1982. In this eminently practical book, simple, inspiring instructions will help readers find the comfort and the guidance they seek through prayer.

 

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This has been one of those "basic" books that help us understand that prayer is so much more than a laundry list of requests to God. Prayer is listening. Prayer is being in touch with the Creator. Prayer is allowing God to come and be present in silence and in power. Read full review

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User Review  - Arctic-Stranger - LibraryThing

Finally an approach to prayer that assumes communication with the Almighty is much more than just babbling your want-list and repeating rote liturgies. Finally an approach to Christian prayer that ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Its Beyond UsYet Ours
15
Handing On the Gift
29
A New Packaging
54
To Be Who We Are
80
Thoughts Thoughts and More Thoughts
100
Progress in Centering Prayer
109
A School of Compassion 1
185
Relax
203
Some Questions and Answers
212
Mary at the Heart of Things
245
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M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O. is Abbot of the Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, in Conyers, Georgia, and travels widely as a teacher and lecturer on Christian spirituality. He is a member of the Religious Life Committee for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men in the United States, and the author of O Holy Mountain and Daily We Touch Him.

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