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Christian Teachings on the Practice of Prayer: From the Early Church to the Present, LORRAINE KISLY
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Title:   Christian Teachings on the Practice of Prayer: From the Early Church to the Present

Binding:   Paper Back

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    New Seeds January 2006

ISBN Number:    1590302990 / 9781590302996

Seller ID:   59290

'Pray without ceasing,' wrote Paul to the Thessalonians. A daunting directive, if ever there was one. But Lorraine Kisly-editor of the journal Parabola-has managed to collect here a remarkable anthology of writings on prayer that creatively becomes a book about the ways we instinctively pray and can learn to pray with more and more of our heart's means and attention. This is no random assembling of deep thoughts by quirky intellectuals and mystics. By Kisly's deft mind and hand, these passages both progress and reflect upon each other as the chapters move through a series of twelve cycles including repentance, lectio divina, the Our Father, contemplation, attention, and keeping a personal rule of prayer. Her canvas is broad, from relatively unknown Orthodox monks to famed poets (W.B. Yeats and Gerard Manley Hopkins), Catholic mystics, early Church Fathers, French philosophers (Jacques Ellul), German existentialists (Martin Heidegger), and an array of novelists and theologians of all persuasions (Dostoevsky, Aldous Huxley, Flannery O'Connor, Paul Tillich, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Hans Urs Von Balthasar). Her opening selection by Cistercian abbot André Louf is most encouraging in its proposal that prayer 'is something we always carry about, like a hidden treasure of which we are not consciously aware.' Somewhere, he maintains, 'our heart is going full pelt' but must be 'woken up, gradually-through the course of a whole lifetime.' 263 pp.

An Eighth Day View:

From John Chrysostom in the fourth century to Teresa of Avila in the sixteenth to William Butler Yeats in the twentieth, this wide-ranging collection is a treasury of writings on prayer from throughout the history of Christianity. Lorraine Kisly has arranged the material according to the great general themes of prayer--such as praise, thanksgiving, repentance, and purification--to make this anthology serve as a course in Christian prayer for anyone, as well as a marvelous companion for the contemplative journey in general. "If this book is read truly," says Bishop Seraphim Sigrist, in his introduction, "the reader will surely find the beginning of prayer itself, and this is to open another book with no end at all."

"Christian Teachings on the Practice of Prayer "features writings by:
- Angela of Foligno
- Augustine of Hippo
- Bernard of Clairvaux
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- Ephrem of Syria
- Francis of Assisi
- John Donne
- George Fox
- C. G. Jung
- Soren Kierkegaard
- C. S. Lewis
- Martin Luther
- Thomas Merton
- Meister Eckhart
- Henri Nouwen
- Flannery O'Connor
- Marguerite Porete
- Seraphin of Sarov
- Teresa of Avila
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
- John Wesley
- Evelyn Underhill
- many more

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