This user-friendly book blends theory and practice, gently and concretely taking the listener through the first steps of contemplative prayer. Armchair Mystic begins with the necessary details of time and place to pray, then presents the maturation of the prayer life in four stages.
©2001 Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J. (P)2010 St. Anthony Messenger Press
"Father Thibodeaux presents both the practicalities and the mysteries of prayer with clarity, humor and easy-to-understand examples." (Catholic Parent)
I really enjoyed this book. I found that the author gives really practical advice on how to improve your prayer life. This book is not about Mystics or Mysticism it is about the ordinary person wanting to improve his/her prayer life to become as close to God as possible in an ordinary lay persons life
The author gives a nice, actually quite good, framework for approaching basic prayer. Given that the word 'mystic" is in the title, however, I had hoped to hear a more esoteric discussion (along the lines of Thomas Keating for example), and had hoped he would refer more to, and draw from, the teachings of actual mystics to a greater degree.
"Helpful & practical.Now I get centering prayer!"
the stories that show the deepening of intimacy. It finally helped me understand moving closer to God through prayer and "hanging out" even in silence
yes. made it (prayer) understandable and a delightful way to grow
I liked his pace and his kindness within the reading. I felt that he wasn't perfect but was understanding the great harvest because he made this practice his own.
His journey to a solid relationship with his aunt that we can have with others and mainly with God via prayer
no. just helpful to me.
Practicing the Presence of God for modern day.
Very pastoral and heartfelt.
No extreme reactions, just a deep sense of longing to be with God.
This book dispelled a lot of my preconceived and taught notions about what contemplative prayer and Christian "mystics" were about. I'm sold.
"UNDERSTANDING CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER"
This is a wonderful book on the how to engage in contemplative prayer. As a Jesuit, the greatest appeal will be for Christians, but it should also be of interest for those of other faiths, many of who developed a mystic sub group well before Christians. Not surprisingly the author often cites St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, and other contemplatives, such as Merton, DeMello, and others. The reader should keep in mind the contemplative Catholics differ substantially in how they carry out the contemplative life, while still staying true to the religious values of the Church. One important point Thibodeaux emphasizes is that this practice is not intended to make the participant a hermit, but rather it enhances a person's ability to follow God's plan. This book should be of special interest to people who meditate, because it presents a different form. Also students of comparative religion will appreciate the detail provided.
"Treatise on Prayer"
"My child, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways." (Proverbs 23,26)
Although the emphasis s on Contemplatives Prayer, the book has many sections on prayer in general.
It is not an easy book, neither is it an easy subject!
Father Thibodeaux SJ has developed the theme exceedingly well.
The Illustrative exercises are wonderful.
Glory be to our Lord!
Even after 7 years of contemplative prayer, this book encouraged me to continue, I learned more about prayer and discovered new insights to transform my prayer life and myself.
"Great Read for young Catholics"
Recommended by a Jesuit seminarian. I picked up a few things to add to my lrayer life. If you're looking for a deeper understanding for religion or spirituality, this is a great book for that.
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