Too Deep for Words: Rediscovering Lectio Divinaby Thelma Hall
Pub. Date: 12/28/1988
Publisher: Paulist Press
"Sister Thelma Hall is a skilled guide--never intrusive, always gentle and respectful of where we are, and filled with common sense and a touch of the glitter of grace". Dr. Doris Donnelly, Center for Spiritually, Note Dame, Indiana
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The clarity and simplicity of this little book (the main text is only 56 pp., followed by a list of 500 biblical passages suitable for lectio divina, arranged around 50 themes) make it one of the best explanations of contemplative spirituality and its place in the overall Christian life that I've seen. Hall's focus on the scriptures and on Jesus, her way of placing contemplative experience in the midst of a life of discipleship, and her strong emphasis on God's initiative as opposed to our efforts or 'achievements' in prayer, make her ideas accessible to Protestant as well as Catholic readers. If you are looking for a book to introduce contemplative spirituality in general, or lectio divina in particular, to people unfamiliar with it, this is an excellent choice.
I borrowed this book from the library as it was assigned as part of Spiritual Formation Program in which I'm enrolled. I knew after reading the first chapter I'd have to buy it. Hall's writing is clear and evocative. She communicates very effectively the what, why and how of Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading)- a long-standing tradition in the Church. But more than that, her own deep love for it is contagious and makes the reader really want to enter into a relationship with God that truly is "too deep for words."
Simplifies a wonderful prayer practice in a marvelous way
This is a short yet complete book that is well written and easy to understand.