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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical for today
Tilden Edwards, Director the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, presents in this book the program he uses to help people develop the art of contemplation. His work generally is with groups of people, although many of the exercises in this book can be done by oneself.
This is not a New Age spirituality. Edwards is stepped in the classic Christian...
Published on June 25, 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars The nuts and bolts of a spiritual endeavor
This man knows his subject but I could not relate to his abstract analysis of
what is essentially a personal relationship. I much prefer the approach of A W Tozer.
In an academic community Living in the Presence would be more apropriate.
Published 20 months ago by Carol B. Rice


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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical for today, June 25, 1998
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This review is from: Living in the Presence: Spiritual Exercises to Open Our Lives to the Awareness of God (Paperback)
Tilden Edwards, Director the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, presents in this book the program he uses to help people develop the art of contemplation. His work generally is with groups of people, although many of the exercises in this book can be done by oneself.
This is not a New Age spirituality. Edwards is stepped in the classic Christian spiritualities. Some of the exercises have an Eastern flavor, but the main thrust of the formation program is rooted in western spirituality.
One really should read this book one exercise at a time in order to get an appreciation of the totality of prayer that Edwards presents. While the book seems small, there is a depth of knowledge and experience that takes a while to appreciate.
All of the exercises and reflections in this book are intended to help one to live in the awareness of God. From breathing to sharing reflections, Edwards is not interested in revelation so much as he hopes peope will find in these exercises how God is part of their lives. These exercises are practical for the lives people live today. But the outcome is not "practical" in the sense that Edwards is not looking for "achievement." The only outcome is one's discovery of God. That leads to other things. But then that is grace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The nuts and bolts of a spiritual endeavor, May 1, 2013
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This man knows his subject but I could not relate to his abstract analysis of
what is essentially a personal relationship. I much prefer the approach of A W Tozer.
In an academic community Living in the Presence would be more apropriate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!, September 4, 2013
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Edwards provides a great road map on prayer and spirituality. It still speaks profoundly and with great guidance in strengthening one's inner world on the faith journey., .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guidance for Centering, July 19, 2013
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Excellent book, well written, clear guidelines and suggestions for calming oneself and entering thoughtfully and in an open manner into prayer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading for Contemplative Class, May 23, 2013
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I haven't finished this book. It has so far been very helpful to me and I look forward to finishing it.
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