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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: St Anthony Messenger Press (1 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867164301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867164305
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This user-friendly book blends theory and practice, gently and concretely taking the reader through the first steps of contemplative prayer. Armchair Mystic begins with the necessary details of time and place to pray, then presents the maturation of the prayer life in four stages: Talking at God, Talking to God, Listening to God and Being With God.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Megone on 11 Nov. 2011
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INspiring and accessible ideas for contemplative prayer. Good for beginners and for those with more experience. The best book i have found on the subject.
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By J. Muncie on 6 April 2014
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Have just started reading this lovely book and find it inspiring and very accesible and like listening to a friend.
there is so much gold to be mined here about prayer in this book that I can't wait to read it all then read it again and again. Funny too. Thank yoy Mark and God be with you.
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A Great Introduction to Contemplative Prayer 1 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Father Mark Thibodeaux, a newly ordained Jesuit priest, writes his first book called "Armchair Mystic--Easing Into Contemplative Prayer." I didn't know really what contemplative prayer was before reading this book, and after reading it (and re-reading it) I believe I'm begining to understand the vastness and sheer beauty of what the contemplative life entails. This book has helped me in my own personal prayer life (actually... it jump-started my prayer life--before reading this book I didn't really have one). It's a great book that firstly explains WHAT prayer is, and later explains how you can use the mantra, breathing, and other techniques to help bring you to an intimate expierence with God.
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My Favorite Intro to Prayer 30 Jun. 2003
By David Rasch - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a book to read, but to listen to. Its a great intro to an often misunderstood part of the Christian experience. It takes prayer out of its formulary Sunday morning approach and places it at the center of life, where it should be. This is a low impact, no wrong answers, don'[t worry if you don't get it the first time, way to worship God. I shared it with a friend at church who is involved with parish prayer groups and he's going to introduce it to them. It lends itself to a 12/14 week study in prayer and spirituality.
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Extreemly Practical 8 Mar. 2008
By Byron Fike - Published on Amazon.com
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The purpose of prayer is to enable us to be more like Christ. Too often, however, prayer becomes simply a laundry list we hope to turn into God's "to do" list! Contemplative prayer calls us to a place where we can be in God's presence simply for the sake of relationship. Thibodeaux gives a marvelous four-part explanation of how prayer evolves. It provides a useful framework to use in examining one's prayer life. He also gives a number of very practical "step-by-step" instructions in how to begin to pray contemplatively. I would recommend this book most highly to anyone wishing to move to a deeper level in their relationship to God.
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This book is a must-have for all Christians 21 Jun. 2003
By Anthony - Published on Amazon.com
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This book, as promised by the subtitle ("Easing Into Contemplative Prayer") gently teaches you to bring yourself into intimate conversation with God.
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Useful Instructional Tool 23 Oct. 2007
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Fr. Mark Thibodeaux is a spiritual director and retreat leader. When reading this book one gets the impression that he has taken a course on prayer and put it into book form. As such this book is exactly what the sub-title claims, a class on "Easing Into Contemplative Prayer." This book doesn't delve as deeply into the contemplative life as some, but it makes an excellent beginning text, perhaps the best "first word" on the subject I have read.

My suggestion . . . All spiritual directors and retreat leaders should glance through this material and consider teaching a course on the subject, using this as the text. This book is a great inspirational read, but it doesn't stand alone. The retreat leader will need to make some decisions as to the format, location, and duration of the retreat. No doubt the leader will also want to add some supplemental material.
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