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Moment of Christ: Prayer as the Way to God's Fullness
Moment of Christ: Prayer as the Way to God's Fullness
by John O.S.B. Main
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.86

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moment of Christ, 23 Nov 2011
John Main's Moment of Christ is a lucid and mighty work. With a deep knowledge of prayer and Scripture in his own Christian tradition, coupled with a transcendent wisdom and vision of human potential, John Main guides his readers along the path of meditation. He presents the simple yet challenging and utterly transformative truth that when we meditate, our prayer is united to the prayer of Christ himself.

This book is filled with subtle wisdom and profound insight, as well as practical encouragement that will help energize and sustain anyone who begins this journey. As John Main says, we need "the humility to tread the way very faithfully over a period of years so that the prayer of Christ may indeed be the grounding experience of our life." The book is very useful for anyone beginning to meditate as well as those wanting to deepen their understanding - or for anyone who just wants to know what meditation in the Christian tradition means.

Moment of Christ is powerful and precious, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in the spiritual life.


Door to Silence: An Anthology for Meditation
Door to Silence: An Anthology for Meditation
by John Main
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.45

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Door to Silence, 23 Nov 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the Christian contemplative experience. Door to Silence is filled with wisdom, and is perfect for reading anytime, or as a source for daily readings to accompany the time of meditation. One of the things I found particularly helpful about this book was the format of short paragraphs, which encourage a slow, thoughtful reading of the text.

John Main always taught with the conviction of experience, and as one who practiced what he preached. He didn't see meditation as just a spiritual exercise, but rather as the path to fullness of life to which everyone is called.

I also find John Main's thought so valuable because he was firmly grounded in his own tradition of contemplative Christianity, but also keenly aware of the particular psychological and existential crises of modern life. He does not provide psycho-analysis, or "feel-good" platitudes. Rather, he gently yet firmly encourages us to take up the healing, enlightening, and transformative practice of meditation, and to persevere in it day by day.

Much of John Main's wisdom is challenging to the reader, not unlike the koans of Zen Buddhism. Their truth can be fully realized only through experience. Herein lies the simple brilliance of John Main's thought. If we merely talk about God, we are only scratching the surface. That's why John Main saw meditation as so vital. Meditation is the way to "verify the truths of our faith in our own experience." When we meditate, we respond to the invitation to live life more deeply. This is a wonderful and powerful book, from a true spiritual master.


The Way of Unknowing
The Way of Unknowing
by John O. S. B. Main
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way of Unknowing, 23 Nov 2011
This review is from: The Way of Unknowing (Paperback)
A marvelous gift of a book! With this volume, John Main has built for his readers a new door from which to enter the ancient path to enlightenment.

I found this book to be a very helpful guide to the practice of Christian meditation, especially as I faced challenges and questions in my own daily practice.

John Main writes from the heart but with a clear head and a rock solid grasp of the underlying theology. He says that "meditation verifies the truth of your faith in your own experience." His readable and gentle style illustrate this in his own case and the reader benefits from his experience.

Meditation is not a journey we should embark upon only for our own well being; rather, it is a way of prayer, and the solitude nurtured by the grace of meditation should lead each of us back to the world with a purified heart and a renewed sense of purpose.

This is a book that has encouraged my own journey, and I know I can turn to its wisdom again and again.

The words of John Main, like the very practice of meditation itself, bring strength to the spirit and refreshment to the soul.

I strongly recommend this book.


Light Within: Meditation as pure prayer
Light Within: Meditation as pure prayer
by Laurence Freeman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.24

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light Within, 23 Nov 2011
This book is perfect for anyone seeking to learn more about the journey of meditation, and is ideal for both beginner and more experienced meditators. While the book is written from the perspective of the Christian tradition, readers of all faiths, or even those without a faith, will find powerful and practical wisdom within its pages. The author guides the reader through the various internal processes and changes that occur along the path of meditation, and also addresses the common challenges and questions that arise. Because meditation brings us face to face with ourselves, and especially with our own ego, it is easy to get discouraged. With a holistic and balanced understanding of the practice of meditation, Freeman reminds us to be patient and gentle with ourselves, and continue with the practice of meditation day by day, in silence, stillness, and simplicity. As the author states in introduction, "Meditation is simple though not easy. But it is universally possible. It is as natural to the spirit as breathing is to the body." This book is not only extremely practical, but it also offers many valuable philosophical and theological insights. Holiness is not presented as some lofty, unattainable ideal, but rather as the universal call to wholeness and fullness of being. If the practice of meditation is performed patiently and faithfully, transformation is inevitable. The meditator will come to an ever-deepening knowledge of himself or herself, others, and the God who is at the center of all things. Then, meditation ceases to be merely an exercise, but instead becomes an act of love. This book offers invaluable guidance for the spiritual life. Laurence Freeman's words are a gift to his readers, filled with gentleness and compassion, and with wisdom and understanding.


The Heart of Creation: Meditation - A Way of Setting God Free in the World
The Heart of Creation: Meditation - A Way of Setting God Free in the World
by John Main
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart of Creation, 23 Nov 2011
This is a superb book! John Main offers another invaluable contribution to contemporary spirituality with this volume. The Heart of Creation is a work of wisdom, compassion, and brilliant simplicity.

Numerous scientific studies provide evidence for the benefits of meditation as a physical and mental discipline - reduction of stress, lowering of blood pressure, strengthening of the immune system, etc. However, for the Christian who takes up the practice of mediation, the journey has an even deeper significance: for, in meditation, we come to realize that the "cosmic power which has driven back our own egotistical darkness, this power of triumphant love, is to be found in our own hearts."

With a keen understanding of the Christian mysteries, coupled with a transcendent vision of human potential, John Main offers a much needed breath of fresh air. I daresay his work will be as practical and relevant a hundred years from now as it is today. The Church and the world should be grateful to John Main. This book is a gift and a treasure, and well worth your attention, no matter what faith you follow or do not follow. It may very well change your life forever.


John Main: The Expanding Vision
John Main: The Expanding Vision
by Lawrence Freeman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Main: The Expanding Vision, 23 Nov 2011
This is a wonderful book for anyone who wants to learn more about the life, teaching, and legacy of John Main. The collection of essays is varied and balanced; scholarly, yet not at all pedantic; thought-provoking and reflective, but also very accessible. John Main's life and teaching have had a profound impact on the world. His influence continues today, and the community that grew from his inspiration continues to teach the importance of a daily practice of meditation. Each of the book's contributors has been touched in some way by the life of John Main, and the strength and depth of that encounter is clearly visible on every page. The gift of John Main's life and teaching has been passed on in many ways, but mostly significantly, and perhaps most simply, through the gift of meditation.


Christian Meditation: Your Daily Practice
Christian Meditation: Your Daily Practice
by Laurence Freeman
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Meditation: Your Daily Practice, 23 Nov 2011
This book is a wonderful guide to the practice of meditation. Whether you've been meditating for a few years or a few days, this book offers clear and practical ways to develop and sustain your daily practice, as well as reflections on the Christian tradition of meditation, and the life and teaching of John Main. This book also includes valuable information on preparing the body for meditation, as well as advice on how to choose a time and place for your practice, and how to deal with distractions during the time of meditation.

In the tradition of the desert fathers, John Main taught that we must learn to be silent and still in order to experience the present moment as "the moment of Christ." God is "everywhere at all times," but unless we take time to be still, we too easily forget this. By being faithful to a regular practice of meditation, we gradually but inevitably come to a deeper knowledge of ourselves and others, and so also to a deeper understanding of God. With simple yet delightful language, the author encourages the reader to see that meditation is not something reserved for the "spiritual elite." Rather, it is "accepting the gift of your own being." Anyone can meditate, and this book offers inspiration and encouragement, while staying rooted in the ancient contemplative tradition of Christianity.


First Sight: The Experience of Faith
First Sight: The Experience of Faith
by Laurence Freeman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.69

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Sight, 22 Nov 2011
Fr. Laurence's latest book offers a wealth of thoughtful and compassionate insights. With particular sensitivity to the spiritual needs of our time, Freeman teaches his readers with a style that is both compelling and refreshing.

Fr. Laurence's writing is firmly grounded in his own Christian monastic tradition, but it also expresses a unique openness and friendship to the wisdom of other traditions. It is in this same spirit of compassion, friendship, and understanding that Freeman invites his readers to embark on the journey of faith along the ancient path of meditation.

The book explores the stages of faith, and suggests that meditation offers a means of living a faith-filled life a more meaningful way.

For Fr. Laurence, the discipline of meditation is an embodiment of faith, as well as a universal calling. By faithfully practicing this "prayer of the heart," we are fulfilling the inmost and deepest capacity of our own humanity. When practiced within the context of a hopeful faith, meditation can be a compassionate and unifying force in our divided world. As Freeman reminds us,"Faith cannot grow without being active in love" (p.105).

This book is delightful and inspiring, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in seeking a contemplative path, as well as to those who are already familiar with meditation.


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