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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications (November 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561012629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561012626
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is amazing how confirming, clarifying, and encouraging Cynthia Bourgeault's teaching is. Probably the best on practical prayer I have ever read. (Richard Rohr O.F.M., author of Everything Belongs)

This book will be inspiring, clear, and helpful to those who look well into it. (Philip C. Fischer Review For Religious)

Every page of this book contains profound but accessible spiritual teaching and wisdom for living. (The Anglican Journal)

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening is a superb book, a wonderfully accessible introduction to Centering Prayer and the role it can play in your own ‘salvation unto eternity.’ Highly recommended for all who are on a spiritual path of any sort. (Ken Wilber, author of The Eye of Spirit)

Bourgeault’s prophetic voice points the way to restore harmony, dignity, and depth to our lived Christian community. (The Anglican Journal)

Cynthia Bourgeault's book is a must-read. . . . Her simple and clear explanations of the contemplative process so apparently based in her own experience re-ignited my own yearning to live a deeply God-centered life and renewed my commitment to the practice. (Anne Simpkinson, co-author of Soul Work: A Field Guide for Spiritual Seekers)

About the Author

Cynthia Bourgeault has studied and taught in a number of Benedictine monasteries in the United States and Canada. An Episcopal priest, she is well known as a retreat and conference leader, teacher of prayer, and writer on the spiritual life. She is the author of a number of books, including Mystical Hope.

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There is much food for thought in her book, "Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening."
Dan Grafius
I found this book helpful to find some other ways to enter into the joys of contemplative prayer.
pjp vst
Cynthia's book is a refreshing answer to the vacuum that I feel after reading one of those books.
Kenneth R. Pepin

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328 of 338 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth R. Pepin on July 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
First, a disclaimer: the author is my (informal) teacher. Still, while this might be the reason that I might not submit a negative review, I can submit a positive one with enthusiasm not founded in my personal connection.
There are numerous "de-constructionists" in the Christian market-place -- Bishop John Spong, Marcus Borg amoung them, and I argue that they perform an essential service. But for spiritual growth, these writers are a little more likely to give a stone than a drink of water. Cynthia's book is a refreshing answer to the vacuum that I feel after reading one of those books.
Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening is thoroughly grounded in Christian tradition -- this is a Christian text by an Anglican (Episcopal) priest -- but it draws from a larger context than the 21st century North American one. In doing so, she challenges some perspectives that are unquestioned. The first and perhaps the most important is the question of "where God is". In the long tradition of contemplatives, Cynthia suggests that attempts to look for God "out there" is going to lead to a religion that is fractured and a faith that is out-of-touch with what we know in our hearts to be true. No, God is to be found within -- which must be carefully contrasted with the notion that we are in any way "god".
So the way to discover God? Cynthia gently takes us through the approaches that have been used over the millennia, but lands on a relatively modern approach (about 30 years old) usually called "centering prayer". It would be a disservice here to describe this, except perhaps to say a couple of things about what it isn't.
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129 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Dan Grafius on October 29, 2005
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Cynthia Bourgeault is an excellent writer and elucidates difficult concepts with consummate skill. There is much food for thought in her book, "Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening." This book is one of the very best I have read on centering prayer, and for those who have already read one or two books on the subject but have not yet had the pleasure of reading this one, I highly recommend it. She frequently adds to many of the insights offered by Father Keating in his books. She is not at all adversed to pointing out some of the potential pitfalls and snares involved in the practice of this type of prayer. One often gets a sense of whether a writer is speaking from the top of his or her head or is actually coming from a place of deep experience. Cynthia Bourgeault fits the latter category. Her explanations of the "inner witness" and unconscious programming seem right on target and add much to the continuing discussion of centering prayer in particular and the comtemplative life in general. Her chapter on Welcoming Prayer, I believe, is alone worth the price of the book. In it is a technique designed to disrupt our continued unconscious programming loop that I have found works very well. Although this book might not exactly qualify as an introduction to centering prayer, it nonetheless adds considerably to the growing number of books on this subject. It is not just another book about centering prayer.
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148 of 151 people found the following review helpful By JHAT on April 10, 2005
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I always find reading the reviews helpful in deciding whether to buy a book. However, I have never written a review before. I wondered whether I needed another book on centering prayer when I purchased the book. I was surprised and pleased at the way the author synthesizes and describes the history of centering (or contemplative) prayer connected with the centering prayer movement of the modern era, particularly describing the thought of Fr. Thomas Keating. One of my favorite sayings of Thomas Merton is that the closer you come to God, the closer you come to your true self. And this book describes how to deal with those conflicting emotions that feed the false self. I have heard that I needed to welcome the "Wisdom Teacher" when struggling, but have never known how to do this. The last chapters dealing with this give me examples and descriptions that will guide me more clearly. I think this is an excellent book, especially for those who are already practicing centering prayer.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Markel on November 2, 2006
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Bourgeault does a very good job of introducing the practice of Centering Prayer and placing it within the framework of contemplation. She links experience to insight which reveals the tremendous power of this simple yet profound practice.
Bourgeault expands this practice with additional chapters on the practice of the Welcoming Prayer - a means of extending the practice of Centering Prayer to the rest of the day.
Bourgeault begins at the most basic level of explaining the practice of Centering Prayer and then builds upon the profound insight which this practice offers to the world in the 21st century.
Very interesting and accessible!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By pjp vst on February 11, 2005
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I found this book helpful to find some other ways to enter into the joys of contemplative prayer. Keating has written books that introduced many contemporary readers to the topic. Bourgeault uses some creative images from the sea to help invite people to try this rewarding practice of spiritual formation.
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