""Larry Hart writes as one who has had long years of experiencing and thinking deeply about the mystery of contemplation. He observes that contemplation is as natural and universal to the human person as eating, drinking, working, and sleeping. It is not only something we can and do often experience in human life, but it is something that is at the very core of what it is to be human. . . . This book is at the top of my list for those who are seeking an introduction to the contemplative life.""
--Peter Hickman, ECC Bishop of California, author of The Pastoral Writings of Bishop Peter Elder Hickman
""This latest book by Fr. Larry Hart is engaging and illuminating. It is filled with simple and memorable spiritual insights that help listeners and readers discover those 'thin places' where ancient Celtic Christianity thought the distance between heaven and earth grows thin and the Sacred is most easily seen. . . . He illustrates what we all want and ought to know: that each of us continues to encounter the mystery of God, that we desire nothing more deeply than to experience the presence of God firsthand.""
--Marcia Davenport, Episcopal Priest, Pastoral Counselor, and Spiritual Director, Ireland
""Contemplative prayer is 'grown up' prayer and Fr. Larry, in his inimitable way, explains and educates us on the way of contemplative prayer. His writing revisits many of the writers, thinkers, and believers that have been, and continue to be, learned masters of the practice. Fr. Larry's book is accessible, informative, and personal. I would highly recommend reading this book as a companion on the continuing spiritual journey.""
--Jon Connor, Priest, Pastor, and former professor of Spiritual Development and Black Urban Studies
Larry Hart lives near the Pacific Ocean in Encinitas, California, with his wife Brenda and their dog Jack, where they seek to follow the everyday mysticism of the Jesus Way. He hopes this book will be of some encouragement and help to you in your practice of Christian contemplation.
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Table of Contents
Foreword James Farris xi
1 The Invention of Contemplative Prayer: The Stone Age 1
2 Contemplative Prayer and the Old Testament 14
3 Contemplative Prayer and the New Testament 26
4 Contemplative Prayer and Monasticism 43
5 Contemplative Prayer and Contemporary Christianity 60
6 Some Final Observations 72
7 It's Easier Than You Think 89
Epilogue Bibliography 101