Finding God in a Holy Place: Explorations of Prayer in Durham Cathedral

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A&C Black, Jul 8, 2010 - Religion - 164 pages
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'A holy place...is a place that becomes a "gateway to heaven"', writes Chris Cook, 'a place in which we are aware of the presence of God.' These places may be geographical or architectural, or they may be metaphorical: places of loss, or achievement, or transition. This book explores prayer in holy spaces: physical places where we can go to be nearer to God. It is focused on one particular place - Durham Cathedral (voted the country's best-loved building) - but it is designed to enable the reader to explore prayer in other holy places also. It is a practical guide to prayer which takes into account different personality types as well as the physical environment, and uses all of these to help the reader to draw closer to God.
 

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Contents

Durham Cathedral
1
2 Finding God in a Holy Place
18
The Nave and the Body of the Church
38
The Quire and Sanctuary
58
The Galilee Chapel
77
The Chapel of the Nine Altars
101
The Feretory
122
Finding Ourselves and Finding God
143
Notes
153
Bibliography
161
Index
163
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The Revd Professor Chris Cook is an Anglican priest, a psychiatrist, and a registered Myers-Briggs Type Indicator consultant. He is Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, and teaches Spirituality and Pastoral Studies at Cramer Hall, St John's College, Durham.

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