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George Maloney S.J.(1924-2005) was a leading exponent of the Eastern Christian spiritual tradition. One of the most prolific spiritual writers of the post-Vatican II Church, he was the author of over eighty books, journals, and popular articles--translated into numerous languages--on theology, prayer, and Eastern Christian spirituality. He was a highly popular teacher and retreat leader throughout his life. Prayer of the Heart is regarded as one of his best and most influential books.

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594711836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594711831
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By stevenhorr on October 19, 2009
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If you have read 'The Art of Prayer' and/or any volume of the Philokalia, but feel a bit distanced from them due to historical and cultural language that is not your own, or are merely confused by their depth and detail, this book by George Maloney does much to clear things up. If you have read other books on hesychasm, Eastern Christianity's 'way of stillness', this book may also serve as inspiration to begin, or continue, to pursue this practical, potentially transformative spiritual path. If you are a Christian seeking a spiritual path or practical asceticism that goes beyond mere faith, or are a seeker with a Bhakti (devotional) temperament and an understanding of the need for being still (meditative practice), coupled with an emotional attraction to Jesus Christ, this book could serve as a valuable guide. If you are simply interested in learning what Eastern Orthodoxy's 'Prayer of the Heart' is all about, I know of no clearer introduction than this, with the exception of the 'Way of the Pilgrim'.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fr. John Zboyovski on May 12, 2011
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To know the author, is to know ALL his books, publications and media recordings. To know the author, is to know his life. The "Prayer of the Heart" was not just a manuscript for publication but a description of the necessary contemplative life that all genuine Christians must live in order to put on the mind of Christ and experience the Indwelling Trinity at the core of one's being (HEART) and in every moment of one's existence. This book was written out of an experiential heart knowledge that Fr. George lived and also preached to the Latin West and the Orthodox East. "Being Warned" by others whose expressed commentary and perception is clouded and extremely limited concerning the meaning and true purpose of a book, might well prayerfully research their own identity and heart before deciding how they think the Most Holy Spirit will work in the lives of those seeking spiritual perfection. Fr. George A. Maloney petitioned and was formally accepted into the Eastern Orthodox Faith. May his memory (+2005) be eternal!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ed (Yana) Murphy on January 10, 2009
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This second edition of George Maloney's "Prayer of the Heart" is like a guide book to the riches that await us in the peace of our hearts. The treasures found in the simple "Jesus Prayer", a well-kept secret from the Desert Fathers of the 4th century, are sprinkled throughout this book.

"Turn deeply within and find Jesus Christ sending his Spirit of love upon you. It is he who will teach you in a non-verbal way how to know the Father and his oneness with Jesus, the firstborn of the Father." (page 140)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Big Breath on March 20, 2009
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Fantastic book, I originally had a copy but it went missing and I just had to have a replacement. Brilliant scholarship, well-referenced guide for those in the western world for people interested in meditative prayer of the heart. It's the sort of book that needs to be read over and over again to more fully extract the meaning of various concepts. It is however, very useful for beginners as well as those more used to contemplative Christian prayer. Thoroughly recommended!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Stimac on September 4, 2014
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I'm on my 5th reading. No more darkness, only light. No more restlessness, only peace. A transfigured world. No more duality, only oneness.
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