filled with sympathy, grace, and encouragement for those who have taken up the practice of contemplative prayer but are experiencing its inevitable challenges of boredom, distractions and racing thoughts... Laird's writing is refreshingly concise, occasionally amusing and vividly memorable. Both beginning and longtime contemplatives will discover treasures in this little gem of a book. (Tod Freisen, Christian Century
Books that talk about "contemplation" often seem to have been written on Jupiter. This one is a sterling exception. "Books are largely written in solitude," Martin Laird writes, "and like all fruitful solitude, it is essentially ecclesial, grounded in community." That gives you a sense of Laird: a man alert to paradox and mystery, yet in no way isolated from the everyday. (Wilson's Bookmarks, Christianity Today
If you have read Into the Silent Land
, you will enjoy this sequel; if you haven't, read it now. (Nicholas Alan, Franciscan
About the Author
is Associate Professor of Theology at Villanova University. He has extensive training in contemplative disciplines and gives retreats throughout the United States and Great Britain. He is the author of Gregory of Nyssa and the Grasp of Faith
and Into the Silent Land
(both by OUP).