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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Image; 1st edition (February 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038524679X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385246798
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,904,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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to share these gifts with others in our troubled world. This book should be read slowly and can be read again and again; it provides an experience of prayer. -Morton Kelsey, author of and Fr. Basil's meditations will pump life into the prayer life of those who come to sit at Christ's feet. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O. is Abbot of the Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, in Conyers, Georgia, and travels widely as a teacher and lecturer on Christian spirituality. He is a member of the Religious Life Committee for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men in the United States, and the author of O Holy Mountain and Daily We Touch Him.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joan P. Bradshaw on April 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
Trying to live a life centered on love of Christ, and open to his gifts, is not an easy challenge in today's busy world. This new edition of Fr. Basil Pennington's CALL TO THE CENTER is just what I have been looking for as the next book selection for our centering prayer support group. The chapters are short--excellent for an evening's discussion. It is written in a conversational style, but filled with insights for deepening prayer, and helps for avoiding some of the common difficulties. This is a book that can be read and re-read. Fr. Basil's enthusiasm and genuine love for centering prayer will certainly be an inspiration to those new to this form of prayer, and an encouragement for those who have been following the Gospel's invitation to deeper prayer--the book's subtitle--in the years since, as Fr. Basil reminds us, the "Second Vatican Council has made it most clear that all are called to intimate holiness, to the joy of contemplative union with the Lord."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Good Crone on October 12, 2002
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The book's title says it all: it is something like a hearing aid, helping us listen to the Gospels with the ears of our hearts. Pennington is so deeply experienced and so learned in this subject that he speaks with supreme authority. He is a teacher to be trusted.
This book will be both a guide for beginners and support for those far along the way of prayer. It will be much loved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 15, 2003
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Call To The Center: The Gospel's Invitation To Deeper Prayer is a collection of meditations by M. Basil Pennington (a Cistercian monk of St. Joseph's Abby in Spencer, Massachusetts) on the Gospel of Matthew. This reflections fairly reverberate with an abiding faith and the power of opening one's heart to God. Light, duty, faith, and reverence form core principles in this enlightening work which is a very highly recommended addition to Christian Studies reading lists and library collections.
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