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Spirituality, Contemplation, and Transformation

Writings on Centering Prayer

Thomas Keating Contributions by Paul David Lawson , Cynthia Bourgeault and others

In Spirituality, Contemplation and Transformation, some of the leading practitioners of centering prayer—the contemporary expression of the Christian contemplative tradition as developed by the desert fathers and mothers and elaborated by mystics such as saints John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila—write about the many and varied benefits of this dynamic and intimate means of connecting with the Divine.

Thomas Keating and David Frenette examine the sources of centering prayer • Justin Langille and Jennifer Michael explore different facets of the wisdom of silence • and Paul David Lawson, David G.R. Keller, and Tom Macfie explain the vital role centering prayer can play in fostering communities of faith. Cynthia Bourgeault explicates philosopher and spiritual practitioner Beatrice Bruteau's study of the meaning of contemplation • Brian Taylor uncovers the positive mental changes that centering prayer can bring about • and Thomas Ward reflects on spirituality in the twenty-first century, as well as the inspiring experience of attending a centering prayer retreat.

Of interest to anyone involved with contemporary Christian life, these essays, originally published in the Sewanee Theological Review, contribute to the growing body of literature on centering prayer—its practice, theory, and applications—and offer valuable entry points for all those interested in deepening their spiritual practice and fostering a more profound relationship with the Divine.

  1. "A Traditional Blend: The Contemplative Sources of Centering Prayer"
    by Thomas Keating, OCSO
  2. "Three Contemplative Waves"
    by David Frenette
  3. "There is Nothing Between God and You: Awakening to the Wisdom of Contemplative Silence"
    by Justin Langille
  4. "Beatrice Bruteau's "Prayer and Identity: An Introduction with Text and Commentary"
    by Cynthia Bourgeault
  5. "Reading Living Water: The Integral Place of Contemplative Prayer in Christian Transformation"
    by David G. R. Keller
  6. "Binding Head and Heart: A Conversation Concerning Theological Education: The Contemplative Ministry Project"
    by David G. R. Keller
  7. "Centering Prayer and the Work of Clergy and Congregations: Prayer, Priests, and the Postmodern World"
    by Paul David Lawson
  8. "Seeking a Deeper Knowledge of God: Centering Prayer and the Life of a Parish"
    by Tom Macfie
  9. "Spirituality, Contemplation, and Transformation: An Opportunity for the Episcopal Church"
    by Thomas R. Ward, Jr.
  10. "Keep the Rest: Practicing Silence while Professing Poetry"
    by Jennifer Michael
  11. "Changing Your Mind: Contemplative Prayer and Personal Transformation"
    by Brian C. Taylor
  12. "Centering Prayer Retreats"
    by Thomas R. Ward, Jr.

348 pp.  
5" x 8"

Lantern Books


Published:  November 2007


Thomas Keating is a founding member and the spiritual guide of Contemplative Outreach. He has served on Contemplative Outreach's Board of Trustees since the organization's beginning and is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board. Fr. Keating is one of the principal architects and teachers of the Christian contemplative prayer movement. He is the author of many books, including Open Mind, Open Heart; Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit; Manifesting God; and Invitation to Love. He lives at St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado. See all books by Thomas Keating
Rev. Paul David Lawson is a priest at St. Cross by the Sea Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach, California. In addition to being the author of Old Wine in New Skins, he is a contributor to Spirituality, Contemplation, Transformation. See all books by Paul David Lawson
Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, Ph.D., lives in British Columbia, where she divides her time between solitude and her role as resident teacher for the Contemplative Society. Over the past two decades she has lived variously as a college professor, medievalist, editor, and parish priest. She is a frequent contributor to Parabola and other magazines, the creator of the Sounds True audiotape series Singing the Psalms: How to Chant in the Christian Contemplative Tradition, and an internationally known retreat leader. She is a columnist on Beliefnet, the leading Web site on spirituality and religion. See all books by Cynthia Bourgeault
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