In the earliest centuries of faith, Christians in the deserts of Palestine and Africa sought a short prayer that could be easily repeated, in order to acquire the habit of "prayer without ceasing." The result was the Jesus Prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me." This jewel of Eastern Christianity aims at enabling a person to be in God's presence, rather than to focus on feelings or thoughts about God. The first section of The Jesus Prayer offers a concise overview of the history, theology, and spirituality of Orthodoxy, so that the prayer can be understood in its native context. Following that is a conversational question-and-answer format that takes the listener through practical steps for adopting this profound practice in everyday life.
©2009 Frederica Mathewes-Green (P)2016 Frederica Mathewes-Green
There is much about this book that I really love. I plan on listening to it again. There is a lot of insight into the why, context and use of the contemplative Jesus Prayer. I liked the author's easy approach towards unfolding the story and history of this Christian prayer. Though I didn't really agree with her thoughts about the devil, however do understand its context. This book in tone reminds of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. The pages are both an insightful and entertaining read, rather to listen to. Highly recommend this book, if you are interested in exploring the Jesus prayer. It is thoughtfully written.
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