Opening to God: Lectio Divina and Life as Prayer

Opening to God: Lectio Divina and Life as Prayer

by David G. Benner


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830835508
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 09/03/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 691,611
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

David G. Benner (PhD, York University) is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Spirituality at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia. A psychologist, spiritual guide and retreat leader, Benner has written and edited many books, including Sacred Companions and the trilogy Surrender to Love, The Gift of Being Yourself and Desiring God's Will. He can be found online at

Table of Contents

Preface Transforming Openness to God
1 More Than You Can Imagine
2 Preparing for the Divine Encounter
3 Lectio Divina and Four Classic Prayer Paths
4 Prayer as Attending
5 Prayer as Pondering
6 Prayer as Responding
7 Prayer as Being
8 Life as Prayer, Prayer as Life
9 Transformational Prayer

What People are Saying About This

Peter Scazzero

"David Benner has given us another great gift with Opening to God. A tremendous book on prayer for people at all stages of their relationship with God. Practical, devotional and rich. This is a book I will go back to again and again."
Peter Scazzero, pastor and author of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Margaret Guenther

"David Benner's Opening to God should become a classic! It is warm, wise, gentle and challenging. For the beginner or the experienced it offers guidance in the Christian prayer practice of lectio divina, making this ancient monastic approach to prayer wonderfully accessible to the contemporary seeker. By no means is it a rigid or opaque 'how to' book, but rather an invitation to go ever deeper in the life of prayer. Reading it is like a conversation with a trusted friend."
Margaret Guenther, Episcopal priest and author of Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction and The Practice of Prayer

Richard Rohr

"This book represents a new maturity in spiritual thinking and teaching.David Benner is wise, broad and deep all at the same time. And you will be too after you finish this wonderful book."
Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Gary W. Moon

"One of the great blessings of my life is to have experienced scores of warm and insightful conversations with David Benner. I have walked away from almost every one with a deeper openness to the transforming love of God. And that is exactly how I was impacted while reading this wonderful book. What a gift! Life as lectio; life as prayer."
Gary W. Moon, M.Div., Ph.D., vice president and integration chair, Richmont Graduate University, and author of Apprenticeship with Jesus

Trevor Hudson

"In Opening to God David Benner comes alongside our lives as a wise and discerning companion. His words water our desire for God, encourage us in our spiritual practice and widen our lenses through which we view the landscape of prayer. They will speak to any heart that longs for a deeper, closer and more intimate walk with God."
Trevor Hudson, South African pastor and author of Questions God Asks and Discovering Our Spiritual Identity: Practices for God's Beloved (forthcoming)

Phyllis Tickle

"In Opening to God, David Benner has given us a generous, comprehensive and very pastoral guide not only tothe myriad types of prayer open to us as Christians, but also to the informing attitudes and physical nuances whichcan enable a rich prayer life in all of us."
Phyllis Tickle, compiler, The Divine Hours

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