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The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God
     

The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God

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by Frederica Mathewes-Green
 

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In the earliest centuries of faith, Christians in the deserts of Palestine and Africa sought a short prayer that could be easily repeated, in order to acquire the habit of “prayer without ceasing.” The result was The Jesus Prayer:
 
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.”
 
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In the earliest centuries of faith, Christians in the deserts of Palestine and Africa sought a short prayer that could be easily repeated, in order to acquire the habit of “prayer without ceasing.” The result was The Jesus Prayer:
 
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.”
 
This jewel of Eastern Christianity aims at enabling a person to be in God’s presence, rather than to focus on feelings or thoughts about God.
 
The first section of The Jesus Prayer offers a concise overview of the history, theology, and spirituality of Orthodoxy, so that the Prayer can be understood in its native context. Following, is a conversational question-and-answer format that takes the reader through practical steps for adopting this profound practice in everyday life.
 

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Even if you don't believe that Paul's admonition to "pray without ceasing" or "pray constantly" was meant to be taken literally, you'll find much to ponder in this lucid account of the history, the meaning, and - especially - the practice of the Jesus Prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me." Most for the exposition is in a reader-friendly question-and-answer format.,
Christianity Today,
October 2009,

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557256591
Publisher:
Paraclete Press
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Pages:
196
Sales rank:
364,449
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Fredrica Mathewes-Green is a wide-ranging author whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Christianity Today, the Los Angeles TImes, First Things, Books & Culture, Sojourners, and the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of eight books, including The Illumined Heart, The Open Door, and The Lost Gospel of Mary, and is the Khouria (spiritual mother) of Holy Cross Orthodox Church nea Baltimore. Visit her at www.fredrica.com.

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Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredibly worthwhile. I usually don't like question-answer formats, but this was well-executed and a good fit. Know that the author will strongly urge you to become Orthodox, but this should not hinder your reading as non- Orthodox if you are willing to evaluate your faith. She starts out the book with an intro to Orthodoxy, but I would recommend picking up one of her more introductory books first if you have not encountered Orthodoxy before.
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I will read this book again and again.
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