Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into Meditative Prayer

Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into Meditative Prayer

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by Richard J. Foster
     
 

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Richard Foster equips Christians to embark successfully on the journey of meditative prayer. Featuring short chapters on the method of meditative prayer, insights from classical Christian writers and reflections from Foster's own experiences of prayer, this book provides much-needed bearings for Christian spiritual practice today.See more details below

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Richard Foster equips Christians to embark successfully on the journey of meditative prayer. Featuring short chapters on the method of meditative prayer, insights from classical Christian writers and reflections from Foster's own experiences of prayer, this book provides much-needed bearings for Christian spiritual practice today.

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Publishers Weekly
This plainspoken book by bestselling author Foster (Celebration of Discipline) addresses the problem of listening for God (Jesus) in a world of noisy distractions. Dividing his work into three parts, Foster describes how God longs to communicate with each of us, how we can become present and surrendered to God, and how we can cope with common obstacles in our quest for communion with the divine. After each section, Foster recounts a story from his own life to demonstrate how one might practice meditative prayer in a real-world situation. At the end of the book, he answers typical questions about prayer. Foster leans heavily for guidance not only on his Quaker heritage but also on classic Christian mystics, including Brother Lawrence, Teresa of Avila, and Julian of Norwich, and he is not afraid to mention Satanic opposition. His quiet writing style models the listening stillness he wishes to impart. Amid many books on meditative prayer, Foster’s stands out for its clarity, simplicity, and focus. (Sept.)
James Bryan Smith
"This is Richard Foster at his best--describing the inner life with clarity and wisdom gained from his own experience. The content of this book, as experienced through his teaching, changed my life thirty years ago, opening me to a real, vibrant relationship with God through silence and listening. Over time this teaching has matured, and is destined to become a classic. If you want to experience an intimate relationship with God, simply read this book and put it into practice. Heaven awaits!"
Ruth Haley Barton
"Full of depth and substance, Foster's writing on meditative prayer is a winsome invitation to intimacy with God that engages us at every level of our being."
Eugene H. Peterson
"Richard Foster diagnoses this generation's major threat to the mature life in Christ as distraction. In response he does again what he does so well: tunnels to the roots of our deep-rooted ancestors and makes us firsthand participants in the church's practice of a life of meditative prayer."
Lisa Rand
"This is a very useful guide that should be beneficial to those new to the practice as well as those who are familiar with this approach to prayer. . . . His passion for this practice, and for the teachers who have shared their experiential wisdom, makes this a highly enjoyable read."
Roy W. Howard
"One can pick up books on prayer at the local supermarket that promise a richer, deeper and more spiritual life - all in 29 days! They are all bogus, along with many other popular books on prayer. Leave them on the shelves and read this one."
Jason Byassee
"You can only read so much elegant prose inviting you to pray before you feel guilty for not actually praying. Richard Foster notes this difficulty, quoting Thomas Merton: 'You cannot learn meditation from a book. You just have to meditate.' True enough, but good books help, and Sanctuary of the Soul is a good one."
Just Between Us
"This book demonstrates why meditative prayer is one of the church's most precious assets in this moment of widespread distraction."
Ann E. Byle
"Foster's writing is lyrical, his advice sensible, his encouragement profound as he urges Christians to tap into the 'listening side' of the 'interactive communication that transpires between God and ourselves.' Those who follow Jesus can only benefit from Foster's newest book."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830835553
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
08/08/2011
Series:
Renovare Resources
Pages:
165
Sales rank:
232,284
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Ruth Haley Barton
"Full of depth and substance, Foster's writing on meditative prayer is a winsome invitation to intimacy with God that engages us at every level of our being."
Ruth Haley Barton, founder, Transforming Center, and author of Sacred Rhythms
James Bryan Smith
"This is Richard Foster at his best--describing the inner life with clarity and wisdom gained from his own experience. The content of this book, as experienced through his teaching, changed my life thirty years ago, opening me to a real, vibrant relationship with God through silence and listening. Over time this teaching has matured, and is destined to become a classic. If you want to experience an intimate relationship with God, simply read this book and put it into practice. Heaven awaits!"
James Bryan Smith, author, The Good and Beautiful God
Eugene H. Peterson
"Richard Foster diagnoses this generation's major threat to the mature life in Christ as distraction. In response he does again what he does so well: tunnels to the roots of our deep-rooted ancestors and makes us firsthand participants in the church's practice of a life of meditative prayer."
Eugene H. Peterson, translator of The Message

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