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Contemplative Prayer: Traditional Christian Meditations for Opening to Divine Union | [Thomas Keating]

Contemplative Prayer: Traditional Christian Meditations for Opening to Divine Union

"The Cloud of Unknowing" is one of Christianity's enduring mysteries, a meditative state where God is experienced on the deepest interior level. To move beyond thoughts and feelings and into the arms of the divine spirit, we have been given the gift of contemplative prayer.
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"The Cloud of Unknowing" is one of Christianity's enduring mysteries, a meditative state where God is experienced on the deepest interior level. To move beyond thoughts and feelings and into the arms of the divine spirit, we have been given the gift of contemplative prayer.

In Contemplative Prayer, Father Thomas Keating introduces you to this method for inviting the grace of God into your life, to discover the treasure of holiness always present in ordinary events. Join Father Keating as he teaches a complete workshop on this system of Christian meditation, as it has been practiced in the cloisters and monasteries of Europe since medieval times. Contemplative prayer, like a freshening wind, is an uplifting event that can help take you to the starting point of the true spiritual journey.

©1995 Father Thomas Keating; (P) Sounds True

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    Ray Navarre, OH, USA 08-16-08
    Ray Navarre, OH, USA 08-16-08
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    "A new world of prayer"

    I started using Lectio Divina several months ago and have found a new and exciting committment to pray. As many who strugle with prayer, Lectio and this book on contemplation is a must for those looking to be active in prayer or to jump start your current prayer life.I always spent time in a monologue with God...now we have a dialogue.It is very comforting to rest in the silence of the King.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley South Hobart, TAS, Australia 05-29-10
    Lesley South Hobart, TAS, Australia 05-29-10
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    "Where Heaven and Earth Meet"

    As I listen to Father Thomas I am transported to 'where Heaven and Earth meet' What a joy to spend time in his presence

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Vicky Kohli Canada 03-25-15
    Vicky Kohli Canada 03-25-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Practical application."
    Where does Contemplative Prayer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the first book I ever listened to on this particular subject. In my personal spiritual journey, this was one of the missing links. No more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is particularly based upon Biblical premise but any can be beneficial to anyone who has some interest in hearing God.


    What does Thomas Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Listening to the audio book was like he was personally speaking to me. His humour is subtle and effective.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book. Even though the book is delivered in a catholic setting but any Christ follower will benefit from it. Silence is a discipline in any religion but Father Keating completely explained the logical reason why we should practice this discipline and how to do it. I am in 2nd day of such practice , all I can say is that has noticeably benefitted me.

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    Joseph Caparco Charlestown, RI USA 09-21-14
    Joseph Caparco Charlestown, RI USA 09-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Easy to grasp, Fr. Keating is wonderful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Contemplative Prayer to be better than the print version?

    I like the audio version because you get the expression and deliberation of the words. Much more expressive


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    Amazon Customer 09-29-11

    An elderly gentleman who loves to learn.

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    "Original sin is really bad parenting"

    I don't mean to be so hard on this book, but I used my free book credit to get it and I would have learned more from another. He seems to wish he were a psychologist rather than a priest. I would have wished that he had spent more time on other, older writers on contemplative prayer. This isn't really a book. It is a lecture he gave. I felt that his point that our desire for God, Augustine to the contrary, comes from a bad pregnancy rather than the calling of a lonely God for his wandering lambs.

    6 of 17 people found this review helpful

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