This user-friendly book blends theory and practice, gently taking readers 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. Step-by-step exercises provide concrete examples of how to use the concepts ...Read MoreThis user-friendly book blends theory and practice, gently taking readers 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. Step-by-step exercises provide concrete examples of how to use the concepts discussed.Read Less
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ARMCHAIR MYSTIC is a practical, helpful discussion about daily prayer for the beginner and the seasoned pray-er. From Talking of God to Talking to God to Listening to God through Being with God, the author helps readers review their own prayer life and come to new understandings about prayer in their lives. Practical suggestions about methods and approaches to prayer make this a very useful companion to all who wish to improve their communication with God.
Apr 5, 2008
Peace at last!
This book has done the almost impossible - helped me find a way to calm my chattering mind. The author's description of scripture not as an end, but as a doorway to the presence of God, makes lectio divina come to life. Remember the St. Augustine quote "restless until we rest in Thee?" Thanks to Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J., now we can rest. Bless you as you read this joyful book.
Jun 17, 2007
Removes the intimidation of contemplative prayer
What a wonderful book! Each chapter spoke to my heart. The book made contempative prayer easy to understand, but did not water it down at all. I was also impressed that I found it easy to understand (as I am not a Catholic). Though the author is Catholic, I didn't see anything in the book that a Protestant should find offensive. This is a book that will help your prayer life and draw you closer to God.
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