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
"Father Thibodeaux presents both the practicalities and the mysteries of prayer with clarity, humor and easy-to-understand examples." (Catholic Parent)
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.
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
yes. made it (prayer) understandable and a delightful way to grow
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.
His journey to a solid relationship with his aunt that we can have with others and mainly with God via prayer
no. just helpful to me.
Practicing the Presence of God for modern day.
Very pastoral and heartfelt.
No extreme reactions, just a deep sense of longing to be with God.
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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