Michael Casey, prior of the Cistercian abbey of Tarrawarra in Victoria, Australia, places the practice of lectio divina near the heart of the Benedictine tradition. Although this is not a "cookbook," it is a practical guide as well as a theological and historical introduction. For Casey, lectio divina is a spiritual discipline with particular relevance to an age marked by individualism and resistance to discipline. Readers will find his application of traditional imagery of a spiral journey into the depths of Scripture particularly illuminating as a guide to reading sacred texts. That a spiral journey is marked by repetition leads Casey to remark that "there is a kind of monotony that is not boredom but paves the way to a more profound experience." This is reminiscent of advice from Zen tradition: if you find something boring after a minute, do it for two; if you find it boring after two minutes, do it for four. "Enlightenment," Casey writes, "comes not by increasing the level of excitement, but by moving more deeply into calm." Readers will find this book a most helpful companion in making that move. Steve Schroeder
A little long winded and the thought process seems unclear at times but a good read and recommended.Published 12 months ago by El Paso
Excellent overview with suggestions for going beyond the biblical text to base your lectio on. His presentation addressed those of us outside the monastic world where lectio... Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Anderson
Quite inspiring and holds your attention throughout...makes the scriptures come alive and relevant to todays world.
Highly recommend it !!!
Easily the most informative treatment of lectio divina available in print. Casey's writing is articulate, wise and encouraging . Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by William C. Kollar
Learn how to use this ancient method of pray fully reading Sacred Scripture in the presents of the Holy Trinity for a much deeper and meaning full understanding. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Martin J. Brown
I was very disappointed in this book, and while much of the content was good the author left me no choice but to give it two stars. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Noah Moerbeek