The Power of Silence

Against the Dictatorship of Noise
Narrated by: Peter Lawrence
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
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In a time when technology penetrates our lives in so many ways and materialism exerts such a powerful influence over us, Robert Cardinal Sarah presents a bold book about the strength of silence. The modern world generates so much noise, he says, that seeking moments of silence has become both harder and more necessary than ever before.

Silence is the indispensable doorway to the divine, explains the cardinal in this profound conversation with Nicolas Diat. Within the hushed and hallowed walls of the La Grande Chartreuse, the famous Carthusian monastery in the French Alps, Cardinal Sarah addresses the following questions: Can those who do not know silence ever attain truth, beauty, or love? Do not wisdom, artistic vision, and devotion spring from silence, where the voice of God is heard in the depths of the human heart?

After the international success of God or Nothing, Cardinal Sarah seeks to restore to silence its place of honor and importance. "Silence is more important than any other human work," he says, "for it expresses God. The true revolution comes from silence; it leads us toward God and others so as to place ourselves humbly and generously at their service."

©2018 Robert Cardinal Sarah and Nicolas Diat (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Life-changing book, Good narration

Cardinal Sarah did not write this book to launch himself on the lecture circuit, to promote his career, or to be memorialized by pithy quotations. He wrote it to change lives.

I felt a little embarrassed purchasing this title as an audiobook, but it became clear right away that by "silence" Cardinal Sarah does not mean the absence of sound, but communion with the being of God. Granted, that must often begin in a setting where sound, both the external and internal sounds of frenetic human activity, are absent. But the silence can, and should, perdure beyond the monstrance, beyond the crucifix, beyond the icon and into our daily lives.

The narrator for the audiobook was satisfactory, though he seemed compelled to cast every word as if it were oracular. Even so, it is not so tedious that one should avoid acquiring the audiobook.

I hope you listen to or read this book. I hope you find it as worthwhile as I have.

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A must read

This is one of the 5 best books I have "read" in my lifetime. It is a must for every home library. You need to listen to or read it slowly with pauses for reflection. Cardinal Sarah has done an amazing job. I finished it last night and I just restarted it. (I had to rate the "story" or it wouldn't post the review. There is no "story. ITS KNOWLEDGE BEING FED TO US IN DIGESTIBLE BTS BY A MASTER THEOLOGIAN

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Beautiful Truth in our Noisy World

This book has really pushed me to think differently about how critical silence is for our relationship with God. Please read and share this book and please make time for silence in your life to hear and contemplate God.
Excellent Book!!!!

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A Great Work

Cardinal Sarah's explaination of the Church's gift of contemplative spirituality was most instructive, easy to understand, and deeply profound. I greatly appreciate the effort he has made to put this into writing and for making the case for the need more than ever for Christians to sit and experience God.

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Worthy of re-reading many times over a lifetime

Cardinal Sarah gently guides us into deep reflection about silence in our lives. He improved my understanding of the need for more silence in my life by identifying many forms of noise in our lives today. This book cannot be simply dismissed as idealistic for a time before the age of smart phones and internet, or relevant only to those in cloisters and monasteries. There are substantive lessons to reflect on regardless of our state in life or vocation. Anyone who wants to grow in their prayer life and relationship with God, should have this book.

The audio was read a little fast for me, but audible allowed me to reduce the speed to 0.75. This enabled a more reflective listening.

I took my time with this, listening as I did work. There were times something was so profound, I stopped and went back to listen to it another 2-3 times.

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Second Book Of Trilogy Lives Up To The Hype

I wish more Catholics (both lay and religious) would come into contact with this book and Cardinal Sarah, but more importantly see the importance of silence and seeking interior silence in order to find the very heart of God. Cardinal Sarah has challenged me to strive for this interior silence searching for a more contemplative life. The Church without a doubt needs more of Cardinal Sarah.

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Transformative

This book is by far the absolute best book I've ever listened to on Audible. It is for everyone. Genuine silence in God's Presence is the greatest need of people today. May God use it to bring deep and life giving spirituality back to the church.

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Fantastic.

This book is absolutely fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I learned a great deal from Cardinal Sarah. This book is a great help on my spiritual journey.

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Very good!

The words led me to seek silence which immediately bore fruit. It also brought to my attention the many times we have the opportunity to silently be with the Lord.

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A must read

This is a must read for anyone who wishes to have an intimate relationship with God.

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