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Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer | [Mark E. Thibodeaux]

Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer

This user-friendly book blends theory and practice, gently and concretely taking the listener through the first steps of contemplative prayer. Armchair Mystic begins with the necessary details of time and place to pray, then presents the maturation of the prayer life in four stages.
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Publisher's Summary

This user-friendly book blends theory and practice, gently and concretely taking the listener through the first steps of contemplative prayer. Armchair Mystic begins with the necessary details of time and place to pray, then presents the maturation of the prayer life in four stages.

©2001 Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J. (P)2010 St. Anthony Messenger Press

What the Critics Say

"Father Thibodeaux presents both the practicalities and the mysteries of prayer with clarity, humor and easy-to-understand examples." (Catholic Parent)

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    caitilin Bloomington, IN, United States 01-03-13
    caitilin Bloomington, IN, United States 01-03-13
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    "solid presentation"

    The author gives a nice, actually quite good, framework for approaching basic prayer. Given that the word 'mystic" is in the title, however, I had hoped to hear a more esoteric discussion (along the lines of Thomas Keating for example), and had hoped he would refer more to, and draw from, the teachings of actual mystics to a greater degree.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    nitsooaw Franklin, TN, United States 04-30-13
    nitsooaw Franklin, TN, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Helpful & practical.Now I get centering prayer!"
    What did you love best about Armchair Mystic?

    the stories that show the deepening of intimacy. It finally helped me understand moving closer to God through prayer and "hanging out" even in silence


    Would you recommend Armchair Mystic to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes. made it (prayer) understandable and a delightful way to grow


    What about Mark E. Thibodeaux’s performance did you like?

    I liked his pace and his kindness within the reading. I felt that he wasn't perfect but was understanding the great harvest because he made this practice his own.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    His journey to a solid relationship with his aunt that we can have with others and mainly with God via prayer


    Any additional comments?

    no. just helpful to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    brian Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-26-12
    brian Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-26-12
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    "Great introduction!"
    Would you listen to Armchair Mystic again? Why?

    Yes.


    What other book might you compare Armchair Mystic to and why?

    Practicing the Presence of God for modern day.


    Have you listened to any of Mark E. Thibodeaux’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Very pastoral and heartfelt.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, just a deep sense of longing to be with God.


    Any additional comments?

    This book dispelled a lot of my preconceived and taught notions about what contemplative prayer and Christian "mystics" were about. I'm sold.

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