Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer: Experiencing the Mysteries of God and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of an Ancient Spirituality [NOOK Book]

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For nearly two millennia, the holy menand women of Eastern Christianity havebuilt lives of reflection, humility, andconstant connection to God around asimple sentence, the Jesus Prayer. Now,Norris J. Chumley—a documentarian andprofessor—reveals the history, practices,and abiding wisdom of this mysticaltradition to the rest of the world.

Chumley traveled to some of the earlyChurch’s holiest sites with the VeryReverend Dr. John A. McGuckin, a priestand professor—to St. Anthony’s ...

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Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer: Experiencing the Mysteries of God and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of an Ancient Spirituality

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Overview

For nearly two millennia, the holy menand women of Eastern Christianity havebuilt lives of reflection, humility, andconstant connection to God around asimple sentence, the Jesus Prayer. Now,Norris J. Chumley—a documentarian andprofessor—reveals the history, practices,and abiding wisdom of this mysticaltradition to the rest of the world.

Chumley traveled to some of the earlyChurch’s holiest sites with the VeryReverend Dr. John A. McGuckin, a priestand professor—to St. Anthony’s Monasteryin the Egyptian desert and St. Catherine’sMonastery on Mount Sinai, to convents inTransylvania and to monasteries in Russia,the Ukraine, and Greece—in search ofChristianity’s first mystical tradition andits modern-day practitioners. The monksand nuns he met taught him how to movethrough the stages of the Jesus Prayer, andhow it can foster an unceasing, and everdeepening,conversation with God.

Enriched with stunning color photographsof these holy sites, where photography israrely allowed, Mysteries of the Jesus Prayerreveals the powerful theology packed intothis prayer’s few words.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062041708
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 522,619
  • File size: 9 MB

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

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    A Journey Into Christian Mysticism

    I both believe and observe that our culture yearns for direct experience, a feeling of connection with the Divine. As a (New Thought) Christian mystic and lifelong meditator, I won't settle for anything less myself. I see, feel and hear that same insistence becoming the norm. The old paradigm has become less satisfying as we are increasing aware of our thirst for real spiritual bliss. Perhaps we can discover hidden gifts as we explore really, really old time religion.

    "Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer" really touched my core. After years of meditation and practices in several traditions, this book links the wisdom of mysticism with authentic Christianity; it's at the same time ancient yet in this moment and very useful. For those who feel disconnected, alienated or even angry with religion in general, and specifically with Christian churches, Dr. Norris Chumley brings us the direct and beautiful teachings of Jesus and the Holy Spirit in the words and actions of sages, saints and ascetics. Simple, yet deep; entertaining yet academic; historic but never boring -- I think you'll love this book and refer to it again and again.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Beautifully put together. A long time coming to show the world what the Christian East has known for two millenium.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

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    A Journey Into Christian Mysticism

    I both believe and observe that our culture yearns for direct experience, a feeling of connection with the Divine. As a (New Thought) Christian mystic and lifelong meditator, I won't settle for anything less myself. I see, feel and hear that same insistence becoming the norm. The old paradigm has become less satisfying as we are increasing aware of our thirst for real spiritual bliss. Perhaps we can discover hidden gifts as we explore really, really old time religion.


    "Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer" really touched my core. After years of meditation and practices in several traditions, this book links the wisdom of mysticism with authentic Christianity; it's at the same time ancient yet in this moment and very useful. For those who feel disconnected, alienated or even angry with religion in general, and specifically with Christian churches, Dr. Norris Chumley brings us the direct and beautiful teachings of Jesus and the Holy Spirit in the words and actions of sages, saints and ascetics. Simple, yet deep; entertaining yet academic; historic but never boring -- I think you'll love this book and refer to it again and again.

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