Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form

by Basil Pennington

Paperback, 1982





The practice of prayer and meditation in modern Western Christianity is rooted in the Eastern tradition of early Church prayer as well as the wisdom of early Church fathers. In Centering Prayer, M. Basil Pennington, the author of the highly acclaimed Daily We Touch Him, returns to these roots, offering contemporary Christians a new approach to ancient prayer forms. Pennington combines the best of the Eastern spiritual exercises (such as the Jesus Prayer) with a spirituality for today's world. Addressing the obstacles that discourage people from praying well, he explains how to relax for prayer, how to listen to and be directed by the Other, and how to handle the pain and distractions that can stifle attempts to communicate with God. Centering Prayer has sold more than a quarter million copies since it was first published in 1982. In this eminently practical book, simple, inspiring instructions will help readers find the comfort and the guidance they seek through prayer.… (more)


Image (1982), Edition: Reprint, 254 pages


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LibraryThing member roydknight
This has been one of those "basic" books that help us understand that prayer is so much more than a laundry list of requests to God. Prayer is listening. Prayer is being in touch with the Creator. Prayer is allowing God to come and be present in silence and in power.
LibraryThing member Arctic-Stranger
Finally an approach to prayer that assumes communication with the Almighty is much more than just babbling your want-list and repeating rote liturgies. Finally an approach to Christian prayer that realizes that the rewards of prayer ARE in fact prayer itself.

If you are buddhist oriented Christian,
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this is the book for you, for it will aid in your practice, yet help you maintain your sense of being a Child of Christ.
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