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Open Mind, Open Heart: Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel [Paperback]

O.C.S.O. Thomas Keating
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Dec 2006
Open Mind, Open Heart will take you into a world where God can do anything, into a realm of the greatest adventure -"Where one is open to the Infinite and hence to infinite possibilities". -- Thomas Keating

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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.; New edition edition (Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826406963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826406965
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas Keating is a Cistercian priest, monk, and sometine abbot. He presently resides at St Benedict'd Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado. Father Keating is a cofounder of the Centering Prayer movement and of Contemplative Outreach, Inc. Open Mind, Open Heart forms a trilogy with Invitation to Love and the Mystery of Christ. The three books are available in one volume edition under the title Foundations for Centering Prayer and the Christian Contemplative Life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Breakthrough for Christians 31 July 2003
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! 12 April 1998
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Thomas Keating's careful and articulate manner of walking people through the process of Centering Prayer in this book is worthwhile reading. Further, it can change one's life if open to the possibilities of inner transformation and change. Keating gives the reader a tremendous amount of hope that this life may indeed be lived in the fullness of deep Peace and divine Love through the daily intention of the practice of Centering prayer. It is a book that can transcend cultural and religious boundaries into the realm of deep faith if the reader enters into the heart of the book with an open heart and open mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Centering Prayer 26 April 2014
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Each time I read this book I see more in it to ponder. It is a basic text for people who want to explore Centering Prayer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful way to contemplation. 14 Jan 2013
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This book presents another helpful approach to contemplation in clear steps. Like other ways, only practice, practice, and more practice will bring about fruitful results. I wonder if having more then one approach to contemplation should be the norm, so I would suggest that this book complements other books suggesting other ways of contemplation, such as using 'the Jesus Prayer', for example.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 15 April 2013
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Book was badly marked. I knew I was buying a second hand book as I had done before but this book was not good because of all the scribles
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