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Consenting to God as God Is

Thomas Keating

Between January 2007 and April 2009, Trappist monk Fr. Thomas Keating met in Miami for several days each year with members of the council for Extensión Contemplativa Internacional—the Spanish and Portuguese branch of Contemplative Outreach, the organization he helped established three decades ago to promote the revival of the Christian mystical tradition.

Consenting to God as God Is collects the intimate talks and daily presentations on various aspects of the spiritual journey. The book’s title describes the most fundamental exercise of Christian faith. This exercise recognizes the illusory character of our past ideas of God and gives birth to a new understanding that leads to a deep conversion of heart. Along with centering prayer, we consent and surrender to God’s presence and action within as our primary and often repeated intention in all our activities.

Oriented toward people who have been practicing centering prayer for several years, Consenting to God as God Is is addressed primarily to those with some personal experience of the spiritual journey and especially to those engaged in some form of contemplative service.

This book is also available as an audiobook here.

152 pp.  
5" x 8"

Lantern Books


Published:  March 2016


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

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