What might happen if you gave just ONE PERCENT of your day to God? I don’t have time to pray. I don’t know how to pray. I don’t know what to pray for. Perhaps you identify with one or all of these statements; most people do. But with Gary Jansen’s The 15-Minute Prayer Solution, anyone can learn to turn those “I don’t” statements into “I do” declarations— and be transformed in the process. Drawing on spiritual practices from the Christian tradition throughout the centuries, Jansen offers numerous and wide-ranging prayer exercises that can be completed in less than fifteen minutes. The Jesus Prayer, lectio divina, the Examen, imaginative prayer, and many more ways to joyfully encounter the Living God are explained. Deeply personal stories, thought provoking modern-day parables, and even humorous anecdotes bring spiritual ideas down to earth, revealing the practical side of prayer. And, as Jansen himself discovered, if you’re willing to take just fifteen minutes a day to pray, you may soon find that the entirety of your life has become a prayer, a relentless desire to place God at the center of everything.Now in paperback: Gary Jansen's bestselling Exercising Your Soul retitled, repackaged and revised!
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About the Author
Gary Jansen is senior editor of religion and spirituality at the Crown Publishing Group at Penguin Random House. He is the author of The Rosary: A Journey to the Beloved and the bestselling memoir, Holy Ghosts. A popular lecturer and commentator, Jansen has appeared on A&E, the Sundance Channel, the Travel Channel, Coast to Coast AM, CNN.com and NPR. His writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, and USA Today.
Table of Contents
ContentsPart One: The Reason Why … 11 White Rabbits2 What Is a Spiritual Exercise?3 Souls, Mustard Seeds, and Redefining Humanity4 Prayer, Meditation, and Contemplation Part Two: The Prayer Exercises … 555 Learning to Listen6 Breath Prayer7 Centering Prayer8 Lectio Divina Part Three: Encountering God Exercises … 859 The Holy Pressure10 Heroes and Arks11 Feel It, See It, Taste It, Touch It, Smell It12 The Resurrection: Past, Present, Future13 The Hands of God14 The Examen15 Dying to God16 Thanksgiving17 The Geometry of the Cross18 Editing Part Four: Exercising with the Parables … 14119 The Parable of the Sower (Day 1)20 The Parable of the Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven (Day 2)21 The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Day 3)22 The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Day 4)23 The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Day 5)24 The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Day 6)25 The Parable of the Lost Son (Day 7) Coda … 167 Acknowledgements … 177 About the Author … 179
What People are Saying About This
Gary Jansen has done it again! This book is must reading for anyone who wants to understand and experience the miraculous power of prayer. Read it and transform your life from head to soul.
The 15-Minute Prayer Solution is a sacred pause amidst our busy everyday lives, drawing us closer to God's illuminating love and warm embrace.
Gary Jansen offers us a simple and powerful truth: Give God fifteen minutes each day, and you will begin to experience God in every moment. With compassion, wisdom, humility, and practical simplicity, Gary Jansen shows that by making a small space in your life each day for prayer and contemplation, your entire life will become filled with the presence of God. Read The 15 minute Prayer Solution and you will learn how to experience a deep and fulfilling relationship with the Divine Beloved.
Gary Jansen has accomplished what no other spiritual author before him has: explained the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola in language I understand! He educates, entertains, and inspires with his charming stories and simple prose.
Think you don't have time to pray? You'll reconsider after reading this gentle but persuasive invitation to a Spirit-led life. In The Fifteen-Minute Prayer Solution, Gary Jansen blends evocative imagery, intimate personal stories and concrete suggestions to help even weary seekers rediscover the joy of finding God in all things.
Prayer is not just for the saints, but for you. Gary Jansen's beautiful book is filled with simple, how-to advice on jump-starting your relationship with God. Using insights from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, Jansen offers straight-forward advice on how to begin, or deepen, your relationship with the One who loved us into being.
Gary Jansen's powerful book will send you into a spiritual awakening. Start reading The Fifteen-Minute Prayer Solution and you will truly desire to love others in a new way. He not only writes a beautiful work, but more importantly, he lives the message.
Gary Jansen’s The 15-Minute Prayer Solution is a book that fills a real need. This book takes people where they are in the spiritual life—busy, overloaded, and feeling empty—and teaches them how to pray in the midst of a revolving-door world. Jansen takes the best of the tradition and shows people how to make it real today. To understand the full fruit of this very modern and very traditional primer on prayer, this book ought to be discussed with others as well as read alone.
Whether you are a veteran or a novice in prayer, this jewel of a book holds inspiration for us all.
Brilliant! Whether you are a beginning or a veteran of the spiritual life I think you will find Gary Jansen's approach immensely practical.
Many people know about God, but few have actually encountered him. In this much-needed book, Gary Jansen helps us take our faith from a dry intellectual exercise to a powerful personal encounter.
I love this book. Gary Jansen has an endearing, attention-deficit quality that lets him deliver big lessons not only painlessly, but humorously. He goes deep, and takes us readers deep, without even a whiff of pious unction. For Jansen, a tattooed foot on the subway is the start of a mystical flight. By the end of the story, we know that these everyday distractions should be graces for us as well.