Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form

Front Cover
Crown Publishing Group, Dec 15, 2010 - Religion - 288 pages
3 Reviews

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.


What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - roydknight - LibraryThing

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

LibraryThing Review

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


Its Beyond UsYet Ours
Handing On the Gift
A New Packaging
To Be Who We Are
Thoughts Thoughts and More Thoughts
Progress in Centering Prayer
A School of Compassion 1
Some Questions and Answers
Mary at the Heart of Things

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

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.

Bibliographic information