This little book is Thomas' "Summa Contemplationis". No review could do it justice. It should be a bedside read for all of every religious affiliation and even by those who detest religion. In the modern world, religious differences have spawned wars which threaten to engulf the entire planet. Mankind must be raised up everywhere to realize what Fr. Thomas Keating writes (p. 58):
"Religion needs to make sure that it is leading and teaching people to go in this direction (i.e., towards contemplative prayer). Otherwise, it's not really meeting its purpose and getting too involved in externals, rituals and structures. They are important, but only up to a point; they are not ends in themselves. God can work independently of religion. He has many ways of bringing people to himself. Some people have been so damaged by religious misinformation or malformation that they can no longer go by that path."
If you wish to understand prayer, don't read this book. If you wish to pray, read this beautiful work of one great man's