A very important book for Christians whose inner developement has become stuck. Here, the history of prayer is really illuminating, explaining why it is observable that so many in the church seem stuck spiritually for historical reasons. Simple contemplation, available to all christians for 1500 years has not been taught for about 500 years, which seems tragic, but here there is given a gentle introduction, making straight, simple and direct practice possible for all who live active lives in the world. Strongly interested in Christianity for 50 years, I have used a well taught, traditional eastern meditation for 40 years with plenty of spiritual instruction, but this is the first book on prayer that I have found to come up to similar standards, recognisable fron experience, but from within the Christian tradition. This is reassuring for those who feel they cannot venture outside. Father Keating, Cistercian Abbot, has in my view supplied a practical and deeply Christian way forward for many in deep spiritual need.