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Finding Your Hidden Treasure [Kindle Edition]

Benignus O'Rourke
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Book Description

The most important journey in life is the journey inward--to the depths of our own being. It is a journey we are all invited to make. It takes us beyond words and images into silence. The silence allows the restless mind to become still and in the stillness we enter a new world. We return to our hearts. Here we find our true selves. We discover an ancient way of finding God that has almost become lost. Slowly, we realize that we are in union with the source of life and love itself. Our whole life changes. Our goal now is to take God's love to others in our everyday lives.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1141 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Liguori Publications (11 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008APPBK6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consoling 8 Aug. 2011
Those of us who practice contemplative prayer have been blessed with some fantastic books over the last few years. Martin Laird in particular has set a very high bench-mark with 'into the silent land'. This is a very different kind of book, at least in style. The charpters are short, just a couple of pages long. Each chapter addresses a different aspect or topic of contemplation. It's very simply written and easy to read. Consoling with gentle reflections and guidance on the practice of contemplation - perfect for someone new to contemplation or someone who has been practicing many years. I particularly enjoyed learning more about Saint Augustines teachings on contemplation. A lovely book that I will come back to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the journey within 28 Dec. 2010
This delightful book dropped into my lap as a present this Christmas 2010 from someone I'd only known a little while. I picked it up with care and perused the cover. The edition I received has a tree in a field on the cover. I love rambling in nature so immediately the picture appealed and also the symbol of the tree has many meanings for me being a yoga practitioner. As is my wont with books I cherished it turning it over to read the blurb on the back cover. 'The most important journey in life is the journey inwards, to the depths of our own being. It is a journey we are all invited to make. It takes us beyond words and images into silence' These were the first few sentences greeting me. And there I had been looking at an image and reading the words. I stopped for a moment, closed my eyes and rested in the silence holding the book in my hand.

The book revealed its hidden treasure. It summarised and reinforced all the words I had read from those spiritual writers such as St Augustine, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Thomas Merton, the author of the Cloud of Unknowing, John Main, Anthony de Mello to name but a few who have interpreted the message of Christianity. St Augustine's writings are particularly prominent as Benignus O'Rourke is an Augustinian Friar at Clare Priory in Suffolk (a retreat centre). And of course this book reinforces the source - the words of Christ in the Gospels and particularly the Gospel of John. So simply and so sweetly the author has condensed the message of the Way of Silent Prayer that Christ invited us to undertake by withdrawing to a quiet place, shutting the door and listening to God. This invitation to just 'be' with God and listening to the silence is what this book is asking of us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely wonderful little volume 12 Oct. 2010
My wife and I had never ever seriously tried silent prayer before purchasing this little book and it's no exageration to say that the content has made us look at and renew our prayer life from top to bottom. The Author, Father Ben, is an Augustian Friar and lives in community at Clare Priory in Suffolk and he has written an absolute classic which will help many on their road to the discovery of God within them.In short, this book is a spiritual gem and when Father Ben says the most important journey in life is the journey inwards and to the depths of our own being, his words really inspire you to want to start the journey is earnest.

We recommend this book to everybody but if you purchase it, be prepared to be challenged and changed for the better!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finding your hidden treasure 10 July 2011
I had seen this book at a friend's house and was drawn by its title. It concentrates on exploring silent prayer with many references to Augustine of Hippo and his spiritual examens. In a world dependent on words for communication, this little book gives a refreshing insight into the world of silence and its effectiveness in understanding the life of the inner man. Each chapter is short and concise for devotional purposes but has the acquisition of inner rest and peace at its core. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking peace within and a desire to communicate with fewer words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic! 23 April 2012
This little gem of a book will undoubtably become a 'classic' in the genre of spirituality / prayer.

Anyone interested in meditation (from whatever background) would find this very helpful. It is not tub-thumping from any 'religious' perspective but draws on the ancient truths distilled from the wisdom of Augustine. It is very positive and enlightening and both my wife and myself have found it invaluable in our own journey into silence.
I am now on my third reading!

Truly inpirational - thanks and God bless Fr Ben.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Find out for yourself 20 April 2013
Find out for yourself how dynamic silent prayer is.
I was able to be taught by the master himself whilst on retreat at Clare Priory where Ben resides.
His simple technique, advocated by St Augustine, is a powerful tool to bring health to your heart and soul.
By sitting quietly in an upright position, hands gently folded in your lap for twenty minutes or so is a direct way to come into contact with God. Words are not required here, no contemplation, no thinking just settle and sink into silence. Silence is not empty it is filled with the presence of God. Someone wise once said 'God is the most present and the most invisible'.
This book is truly great in its simplicity and has inspired many to find true meaning in life.
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Published 1 day ago by Ron Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent publication, easy to read and full of guidance.
Published 6 months ago by Paul Scholey
5.0 out of 5 stars Quieting the mind
This is my second purchase of this book. I gave the first one away to someone I felt needed it more than I. But then I missed the wise advice so got this second copy. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tots group
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and insightful
I have been practising silent (contemplative) prayer for 3 years, inspired particularly by Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating & Cynthis Bourgeault. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joan Warner
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
Might give it 5 stars when I find the hidden treasure he writes about! Still looking for it! O'Rourke is firmly convinced that we contact God on the inside of ourselves - that God... Read more
Published 16 months ago by megan
5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRATIONAL
Father O'Rourke's collection of readings on the way of silent prayer really hit the spot with me. The chapters are short and I usually read one to prepare for silent prayer. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Marigold E
5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure
When I read this book, I can breath again! It puts into words what my heart finds it hard to describe. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mj Haley
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Treasure Indeed.
This is a book I discovered on the shelves of the bookshop in the Friends Meeting House in London.
Having read it from cover to cover, I then went straight back to the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ferry Maid
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
I've read a number of books on contemplative prayer. Lots give lots of ideas, but this was superb for understanding the process. Have read it once and just started again. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Charles Vivian
5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL TREASURE
If you are looking for gentle wisdom to help you use silence as prayer then this is the book for you. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tyke
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