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Invitation to Love: Way of Christian Contemplation [Paperback]

Thomas Keating

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31 Dec 1997
The practice of Centering Prayer, which Father Keating presented in his bestselling open mind, open heart, is the beginning of a process of spiritual growth. In this present work he outlines and explains the actual stages of this process. In the course of numerous workshops and retreats Father Keating is asked many questions regarding contemplative practice. How will it affect my life? Where does it lead us spiritually? What obstacles will I encounter along the way? Why is it necessary? How does it work?

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.; New edition edition (31 Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082640698X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826406989
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 16.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 862,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Father Thomas Keating is known throughout the world as an exponent, teacher, and writer on contemplative prayer. A Cistercian (Trappist) monk of St. Benedict's Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado, he is a founder of the Centering Prayer Movement and of Contemplative Outreach. He is the author of numerous books, particularly of the trilogy Open Mind, Open Heart; Invitation to Love; and The Mystery of Christ. Among his most recent books is The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living, compiled by S. Stephanie Iachetta.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invitation to Deeper Prayer 24 Jan 2001
By Steven K. Szmutko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
INVITATION TO LOVE is the third of Father Keating's books to deal with Christian Comtemplation, centering prayer and developing a deeper understanding of our relationship to God. This type of prayer, unlike more active forms, enables us to "rest in God's presence" and can help us in our journey toward God.
In this book, the author discusses the many false programs for happiness and levels of human consciousness, giving the reader a better understanding of how we seek God on our terms, rather than on His. Our obstacles to prayer are shown in the context of our psychological background and social upbringing, yet Father Keating does so in a clear, yet inspiring style.
As other reviewers have noted, the reader may get more out of this book by reading OPEN MINDS, OPEN HEARTS and THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST. I read both of those books and found that each built on the other. Together, they are an excellent resource.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accepting His Invitation 27 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book title spells it clearly. We ponder the reason the creation, well, it is about love. God invites us to a relationship with him. Keating's work is outstanding, he explores the pyschological, sociological and spiritual aspects of abiding with God. This is is NOT religion, if you want lithurgy go to church. This is about getting an invitation from God to come into a secret room(your heart) close the door and spend the rest of eternity with Him. END
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keating to the rescue again! 28 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having been to a retreat led by Father Keating, I find a seamless connection between the man and his books. Invitation to Love follows his typical pattern of treating profound spiritual issues with simplicity of style and great respect for the connection between spiritual and psychological growth. The ostrich can't see with his head in the sand; neither can we "see" spiritually until we have wiped the sand from our eyes and looked at our psychological formation and its effects on us as adults. Keating explains this connection and provides ways to progress from an "I-centered" to a spiritually-centered way of life. Reading this book was a gift to myself!
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, solid introduction to contemplation 28 July 2000
By Elizabeth G. Melillo - Published on Amazon.com
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Father Keating displays a gift for imparting essential points of mystic theology (a beauty so ancient and so new ... could not resist adding that, because many of his references are Augustinian) in a manner so gentle that they seem simple reflections. (At this moment, I hope that my reference to "mystic theology" does not cause potential readers to click the back button.) Scriptural references abound, and are often haunting - so much so that the translations (his own?), which are rather excessively colloquial, do not make one wince. The author explains points clearly and well, and generally with an engaging charm. Very fine work.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool and refreshing water for the spiritual journey ... 13 May 1999
By curtesq@pacbell.net - Published on Amazon.com
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Abbot Keating's work here reflects not only maturity in Christ but a passion to paint images of many scenes along the spiritual journey. This book will challenge the reader and as well it should. This journey is the challenge of the cosmos and you'll bloody well get a better handle on that once you've read Fr. Thomas Keating's book. You will see why Fr. Louis of Gethsemani wrote that "alleluia is the song of the desert" as you embrace and enter into the invitation portrayed so lovingly in this book. It is easy to see why Fr. Keating became Abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey. This is a very, very good book and you'll join with me in thanking God for Thomas Keating once you've read it.
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