Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening

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Practitioners of Centering Prayer are known for the great enthusiasm they bring to the practice of this ancient discipline. Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening is a complete guidebook for all who wish to know the practice of Centering Prayer. Cynthia Bourgeault goes further than offering an introduction, however. She examines how the practice is related to the classic tradition of Christian contemplation, looks at the distinct nuances of its method, and explores its revolutionary potential to transform Christian...

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Overview

Practitioners of Centering Prayer are known for the great enthusiasm they bring to the practice of this ancient discipline. Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening is a complete guidebook for all who wish to know the practice of Centering Prayer. Cynthia Bourgeault goes further than offering an introduction, however. She examines how the practice is related to the classic tradition of Christian contemplation, looks at the distinct nuances of its method, and explores its revolutionary potential to transform Christian life. The book encourages dialogue between Centering Prayer enthusiasts and those classic institutions of Christian nurture—churches, seminaries, and schools of theology—that have yet to accept real ownership of the practice and its potential.

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Editorial Reviews

Review For Religious
This book will be inspiring, clear, and helpful to those who look well into it.
— Philip C. Fischer
The Anglican Journal
Bourgeault’s prophetic voice points the way to restore harmony, dignity, and depth to our lived Christian community.
Richard Rohr O.F.M.
It is amazing how confirming, clarifying, and encouraging Cynthia Bourgeault's teaching is. Probably the best on practical prayer I have ever read.
Review For Religious - Philip C. Fischer
This book will be inspiring, clear, and helpful to those who look well into it.
Ken Wilber
Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening is a superb book, a wonderfully accessible introduction to Centering Prayer and the role it can play in your own ‘salvation unto eternity.’ Highly recommended for all who are on a spiritual path of any sort.
Anne Simpkinson
Cynthia Bourgeault's book is a must-read. . . . Her simple and clear explanations of the contemplative process so apparently based in her own experience re-ignited my own yearning to live a deeply God-centered life and renewed my commitment to the practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561012626
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 143,119
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Bourgeault has studied and taught in a number of Benedictine monasteries in the United States and Canada. An Episcopal priest, she is well known as a retreat and conference leader, teacher of prayer, and writer on the spiritual life. She is the author of a number of books, including Mystical Hope.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    Excellent Book on Centering Prayer

    Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening is an inspirational book that has greatly enhanced my spiritual life. I highly recommended it for those who are interested in centering prayer. Cynthia Bourgeault is a superb teacher, and I could not put this book down.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Demonic Trap

    Do not attempt this, it is a Demonic Trap. Centering Prayer is supposed to lead you to Contemplative Prayer. When my prayer became Mystical, I thought that I was in Contemplative Prayer. I received locutions, etc.. Nine months after this I was possessed/oppressed by Satan. Satan used this "Centering Prayer", and my desire to learn to pray for the first time in my life and "Be Still" with the Lord to deceive me. Then both the Catholic Church and Anglican Church have nearly NO ministry of Exorcism or Deliverance. I have been in Deliverance Ministry with ministers of the Protestant Denominations who know the truth of this for over six months. Check it out, do a search on Deliverance Ministry and Centering prayer. Paul says in the Bible to not be ignorant of Satan's devices, but this is not taught in the church today. Any Eastern form of meditation is an abomination to the Lord, and a demonic trap. Do your research, even the Pope warned of Centering Prayer when he was still a Cardinal. I didn't heed the warnings. I can't warn you enough, I have been to Hell for believing I was safe in this prayer form. Check your Bible, there is no "Centering Prayer" there. Say your Our Father and read the Lord's word like Jesus taught you to do. Don't risk your life.

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