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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

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Wonderfully inspiring overview of the Jesus Prayer

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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Informative and uplifting

as a Catechumen with the Antiochians, this book has been very informative. The historical perspectives tied in with practical realism for living today is uplifting.

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Wonderful book!

I seriously enjoyed every minute of this book. It was very informative and totally held my interest. Besides the content being so engaging, the narrator, who is also the author, has an amazing voice that is both strong yet soft. I will be listening to other books of hers.

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a humble understanding of the Jesus prayer

Frederica mathewes-green not only wrote a wonderful book about the Jesus prayer but listening to her soothing voice as she narrates is wonderful. This is an insightful book that gives Rick information that is for practical and historical regarding the Jesus prayer and not to mention spiritual.

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fantastic listen

very soft spoken narrator, and it fit perfectly. Great wisdom in this listen. It may change your life.

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This book opened my mind to listening for God

I love the way Frederica Mathewes-Green gently pushed me into knowing the true of “Be still and know that I am God”. What a powerful and beautiful awakening for me.

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An explanation prayer.

Kh. Frederica provides an inspirational interpretation , THE JESUS PRAYER in genuine manner, theologically sound and heart warming.

Frederica, God grant you many,many years!


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Excellent heartfelt connection to ancient faith

Creating an intellectual and emotional connection to the importance of mercy and that our need for daily mercy never ends.I teach a course based on the Jesus Prayer in a place where men have lost something of the need for a moral compass - through the way in which addiction dulls a person spiritually and makes the respect for moral authority full of anger. I love the way in which Frederica Mathewes-Green ties it together to the benefits that comes from praying the Jesus Prayer consistently

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very good introduction to the subject.

encouraging and supportive from her unique position --- her husband is an Orthodox priest. Helped me start or restart a spiritual discipline that i do enjoy....thanks to this book.

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A book that should be listened to regularly

I loved this book and know that I'll have to listen to it several times to get the full benefit. I feel that the book provides strong insight into the application of this wonderful, yet simple prayer.

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  • 05-28-17

beautiful book will listen over again

A real gem! the reader is the author: humble and deeply spiritual. Deep yet easy to follow; concise yet full of insights, guidance and encouragement. Sprinkled with lots of stories and tips from the saints, as well as contemporary advice for busy lay people. I'm delighted and encouraged by this purchase! Not dumbed down, not overly academic and refreshingly waffle free!

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  • Hugh nelson
  • 01-27-17

Practical and encouraging for any Christian

Very practical and encouraging for living the Christian life. The same ancient truths any pastor wants to communicate, done excellently.