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Product Details

  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (June 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082640698X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826406989
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keating, a well-known Trappist priest and retreat leader, provides an excellent, basic introduction to contemporary contemplative practice in ordinary life. He integrates classic Christian teaching with 20th-century psychology, presenting meditation as spiritual therapy. His aim is to lead people from emotional and temperamental reaction to spiritual freedom, out of which contemporary global problems can be addressed. Keating is especially good at addressing the "why" of spiritual practice, though he also discusses the "how" and the stages of spiritual development. Recommended for public and seminary libraries.
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About the Author

Father Thomas Keating is known throughout the world as an exponent, teacher, and writer on contemplative prayer. A Cistercian (Trappist) monk of St. Benedict's Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado, he is a founder of the Centering Prayer Movement and of Contemplative Outreach. He is the author of numerous books, particularly of the trilogy Open Mind, Open Heart; Invitation to Love; and The Mystery of Christ. Among his most recent books is The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living, compiled by S. Stephanie Iachetta.

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This book will challenge the reader and as well it should.
curtesq@pacbell.net
Father Thomas Keating's "Invitation to Love" is loaded with information on centering prayer and meditation.
Ellen K. Kremkus
This book is an intricate and profound blending of psychology and spirituality.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Steven K. Szmutko VINE VOICE on January 24, 2001
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INVITATION TO LOVE is the third of Father Keating's books to deal with Christian Comtemplation, centering prayer and developing a deeper understanding of our relationship to God. This type of prayer, unlike more active forms, enables us to "rest in God's presence" and can help us in our journey toward God.
In this book, the author discusses the many false programs for happiness and levels of human consciousness, giving the reader a better understanding of how we seek God on our terms, rather than on His. Our obstacles to prayer are shown in the context of our psychological background and social upbringing, yet Father Keating does so in a clear, yet inspiring style.
As other reviewers have noted, the reader may get more out of this book by reading OPEN MINDS, OPEN HEARTS and THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST. I read both of those books and found that each built on the other. Together, they are an excellent resource.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1998
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The book title spells it clearly. We ponder the reason the creation, well, it is about love. God invites us to a relationship with him. Keating's work is outstanding, he explores the pyschological, sociological and spiritual aspects of abiding with God. This is is NOT religion, if you want lithurgy go to church. This is about getting an invitation from God to come into a secret room(your heart) close the door and spend the rest of eternity with Him. END
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2000
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Having been to a retreat led by Father Keating, I find a seamless connection between the man and his books. Invitation to Love follows his typical pattern of treating profound spiritual issues with simplicity of style and great respect for the connection between spiritual and psychological growth. The ostrich can't see with his head in the sand; neither can we "see" spiritually until we have wiped the sand from our eyes and looked at our psychological formation and its effects on us as adults. Keating explains this connection and provides ways to progress from an "I-centered" to a spiritually-centered way of life. Reading this book was a gift to myself!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth G. Melillo VINE VOICE on July 28, 2000
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Father Keating displays a gift for imparting essential points of mystic theology (a beauty so ancient and so new ... could not resist adding that, because many of his references are Augustinian) in a manner so gentle that they seem simple reflections. (At this moment, I hope that my reference to "mystic theology" does not cause potential readers to click the back button.) Scriptural references abound, and are often haunting - so much so that the translations (his own?), which are rather excessively colloquial, do not make one wince. The author explains points clearly and well, and generally with an engaging charm. Very fine work.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By curtesq@pacbell.net on May 12, 1999
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Abbot Keating's work here reflects not only maturity in Christ but a passion to paint images of many scenes along the spiritual journey. This book will challenge the reader and as well it should. This journey is the challenge of the cosmos and you'll bloody well get a better handle on that once you've read Fr. Thomas Keating's book. You will see why Fr. Louis of Gethsemani wrote that "alleluia is the song of the desert" as you embrace and enter into the invitation portrayed so lovingly in this book. It is easy to see why Fr. Keating became Abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey. This is a very, very good book and you'll join with me in thanking God for Thomas Keating once you've read it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fr. Jim Van Vurst, OFM on August 28, 2007
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This is one book I would recommend most highly to anyone who thinks about learning more about prayer and hungers for more. The subtitle, "The Way of Christian Contemplation" should not frighten anyone because it is not "new" nor is it just a "technique." Rather, it follows from the best tradition of the church, including John of the Cross, Theresa of Avila and others. Fr. Keating's writing is simple, clear, using examples we can all identify with. No one needs a theology degree for this, just a hunger to learn about deeper prayer. At 140 pages, Keating give a great introduction....and in fact lots more than just a start.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donner C. S. Tan on July 20, 2009
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Fr Thomas Keating has written a book that gleans from among the best of the Church's contemplative resources such as John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Cloud of Unknowing and presents it afresh with a gentle and winsome voice to today's would-be contemplatives. For many who find some of the deep classics on prayer such as those mentioned somewhat dense or obscure will find much to resonate with in 'Invitation to Love'. The method of Centering Prayer which he has helped develop and promote for our generation is a simple and rewarding way of prayer if one sets aside regular time for it. It is together with faithful practice and spiritual growth that one comes to grasp more deeply what is written here. However, even if one is a newbie to Centering Prayer or treads a different prayer path, there is much that one can relate to and find helpful such as his thoughts on the famous 'night of the sense' and 'night of the spirit' which are commonly encountered in one's prayer as one advances. Familiarity with such experiences helps one persist and let God take us to a deeper level of union with him.

Then, there is that beautiful story about Bernie, a real person of great love and generosity, who lives his life to the hilt in a monastery and when the time comes for him to let go, he drops everything in less than a moment's notice. It's an inspiring story of how true prayer makes a person fully human, fully alive!

This is one of the better books on prayer I have read - easy, down-to-earth and powerful. Highly recommended! But be sure to read 'Open Mind Open Heart' before reading this for a good grasp of Centering Prayer, which is the backbone of Keating's thoughts on prayer.
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Thomas Keating, founder of the centering prayer movement, is an author, teacher, and monk who has worked for many years to foster understanding among the world's religions. A member of the Cistercian Order in the Benedictine tradition, Father Keating has served at monasteries in Colorado and Massachusetts. He currently directs retreats in the practice of Centering Prayer, a cornerstone of contemporary Christian contemplative practice. He is the author of the best-selling Open Mind, Open Heart, Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit, St. Therese of Lisieux, Manifesting God, and The Transformation of Suffering, Divine Therapy and Addiction, among many other books. He lives at St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado.

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