• The Beginner's Guide to Contemplative Prayer

  • How to Pray in the Christian Mystical Tradition
  • By: James Finley PhD
  • Narrated by: James Finley PhD
  • Length: 1 hr
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Discover Christianity's own unique tradition for experiencing God directly through meditation with The Beginner's Guide to Contemplative Prayer. Author James Finley, who as a young monk lived and prayed with Thomas Merton for six years at the Abbey of Gethsemani, shares the fruit of this authentic approach to prayer and its role at the center of Christian life. Beginning with a look at its meaning and origins, including the Christian mystics who first explored it, and concluding with step-by-step instructions for getting started with a contemplative practice of your own, here is the perfect introduction to the fundamental meditations and teachings of this cherished tradition. Highlights:

  • Contemplative prayer - what it is and how to practice it
  • How contemplative experience relates to Christian faith
  • Awakening to the mystery of oneness
  • Intuition and prayer
  • Step-by-step guided prayers, and much more

Note: Excerpted from the full-length audio course Christian Meditation.

©2007 James Finley (P)2007 James Finley

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great mindfulness overview

I enjoyed this, but I was hoping for more information the way of how to incorporate scripture into the practice.

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Present moment awareness

If you're serious about learning to meditate in the present moment following ancient Christian tradition, this book is for you.

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peaceful

inspirational, narrator pleasant to listen to, very helpful in attaining inner peace to face whatever life throws at me

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Wonderful Help in my quest for God and Peace.

Such a peaceful guide in prayer at such a tumultuous time. I will listen to it again.

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Pure Grace

Every word James Finley speaks is filled with Grace and love and mercy . It is a book to be listened over and over as it serves as a guiding light .It is spoken from the depths of a loving spirit that knows the ground of his being. Deeply grateful.

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Resting in God. The ultimate way to be present

I am so thankful for this beginners guide to a very different way of meditation that i have never experienced before. It’s sweetness and healing words made me cry at first, then experience a different way of living day to day. It helped me to open my heart.

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James Finley is incredibly inspiring!

His insight and knowledge of contemplative prayer or meditation can help anyone who has let the world's troubles cloud their mind and lives.

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James Finlay

This gave me a silence and a stillness that I have rarely found, and something I often long for. Beautiful!

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