Living in the Presence: Spiritual Exercises to Open Our Lives to the Awareness of God

by Tilden H. Edwards

Paperback, 1995




A masterwork of modern spiritual writing to guide all who long to live a contemplative Christian life.


HarperOne (1995), Edition: Reprint, 176 pages

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The author developed "prayer exercises" for individual and group use. The exercises are expected to be used differently, since "different people, regardless of background, tend to respond quite differently to these exercises, given each person's unique, evolving relationship to God...".

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has a longterm connection to the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, and worked with Father Thomas Keating, and the Venerable Tarthang Tulku. As a result, this book provides an especially good interpretation of "centering prayer".

As we relinquish attachment to the material world, and turn to "our real freedom and security in God", we are "slowly moved from the latent image of God in which we are born toward the actual likeness of God, for which we were made." [15, FN 6 crediting James Finley's "Merton's Palace of Nowhere: A Search for God through Awareness of the True Self." (1978) p. 134.

Finley provides a "fine summary of Merton's lifetime struggle to understand the true and false self in relation to God....".

Chapter 5 "Communing". The chapter epilogue says "Community: what everybody wants, but almost no one is able to sustain well for long." [61]
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