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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press; 1st edition (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809135795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809135790
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book tells the reader to slow down and listen to that which our spirit has already taken notice of. --The Priest

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This simple and profound book helps people learn to discern how God guides them, how God guides us, every day of our lives, if we but listen.
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I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to go deeper in finding out what brings comfort to them.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By UTryGod2@aol.com on August 27, 1997
Format: Paperback
Once again, the Linn brothers and Sheila Fabricant Linn show us the best of the Christian tradition in introducing to us the "examen" -- a prayer form that allows us to discern the manifestations of God in the course of a day. The method is simple -- the effects profound
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Kearney VINE VOICE on May 5, 2005
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Matthew Linn, a Jesuit priest, his brother Dennis Linn and sister-in-law Sheila Fabricant Linn are well known writers and retreat speakers, especially in the area of healing life's hurts. In SLEEPING WITH BREAD, the trio looks at the Ignatian prayer practice of the examen and helps readers learn this method of self examination and reflection which can help us become more aware of God's presence in our lives on a daily basis. The book begins with a story of children in World War II England who had to vacate their homes due to fighting. The children had a difficult time falling asleep at night, fearing they would lose their lives. Someone had the idea of giving each child a piece of bread as a means of comfort and the children were able to sleep, knowing that they had food that day and with the bread in hand, they would have bread the next day too. The Linns expand this idea to show how the things in our own lives, those things which sustain us, comfort us one day and give us hope for the next.

The book discusses not only the personal examen, but offers suggestions and stories about groups that have used the prayer, families that have grown closer to each other and to God using the prayer, and suggestions for varied ways of using the prayer. The book is easy to read with colorful illustrations which give it an inviting feel which will help the reader identify what is important, hold on to it, and if the spirit if the examen is kept, will see God's presence in daily life.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 26, 1999
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My husband and I read "Sleeping with Bread" several years ago. It has totally changed our daily prayer time together. The authors have clearly explained several simple approaches which work. We use their plan daily and are really grateful for this little book. I think the plan could also work well for a small prayer group that might meet weekly, though we have not tried this ourselves.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Wakewoman on April 23, 2006
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I'm a 22-yr-old liberal East Coaster and just starting to become interested in spirituality. I'm very secular and "Jesus died on the cross for your sins / fire and brimstone"-type stuff is what time-after-time turned me away in the past. I honestly don't know half of the saints or religious persons referenced in this book, other than Jesus...But I've been interested in learning about the spiritual community and what spirituality can do for each other and ourselves.

So my boyfriend lent me this book, which was given to him by a Jesuit priest, and it has been excellent for my baby-steps endeavor.

The process is thoroughly explained and there's even a 'trouble-shooting' section at the end that tells the reader what to do if upsetting or difficult problems arise during your examen reflections. I've been doing the examen process for a week now, each night, and it is a calming and educative way to end my day by listening to myself.

I would really recommend buying this book to give as gifts for people like myself who are curious....
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Fennessy on October 6, 2006
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Timothy Gallagher recently published a book on the form of prayer called the Examination of Consciousness, a prayer of daily discernment of God's presence and activity in our lives. The value of that book is the extensive detail with which he examines each of the elements and aspects of that prayer. This book, on the other hand, is particularly valuable because of its simplicity. It summarizes the Examen in two simply questions, which may be posed in a wide variety of ways: what most and what least gave you life today. By holding on to what gives us life (in the words of the subtitle) we progress more and more into God's will for us and away from the things that God does not wish for us. It puts the moral life into a positive mode much wider than the commandments, and situates its essential nature in God's desire that we have life in abundance. The one fault of the book is that it looks too much like a kid's book and many adults may not get beyond the cover. But the book is designed and the prayer is presented in such a way that both book and prayer can be easily used by children, couples and families. This adds a wonderful communal and educative dimension that the prayer usually does not have; its suggestions can draw couples and families closer, and train children in on-going daily discernment. And of course it is usable by individuals as well. Do look beyond the cover, it is a book for all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathi Worthington on May 20, 2011
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I was introduced to this little book by the facilitator who led a practicum I attended at the seminary where I am a student. The process of the daily examen as it is explained and expressed in this gentle volume makes Ignatius' practice clear and accessible to anyone who wants to establish this practice of reflection and prayer as part of daily living.

It looks like a children's book. It is not. The authors tell the story of children orphaned by the bombing raids of WWII. The ones who were fortunate enough to land in refugee camps had lost so much, and had experienced starvation. They were so fearful that they couldn't sleep. Someone had the idea of sending each child to bed with a piece of bread to hold. Bread, real food to hold. And they could finally sleep because they knew that they would wake up and have something to eat in the morning.

And this is what this book can become. Food for the soul held in our hands as we review the day before we sleep. Food that can sustain us. Food that we can literally hold in our hands before we sleep, and have by our bedsides when we wake, so that we can be always certain that we will be fed, body and soul, by the sustaining grace of this practice of prayer.

This book will certainly be of value for adult seekers. It will also be a way to introduce teens to a powerful spiritual practice, and, approached sensitively, can even be a way to introduce younger children to the practice of looking for unkind acts and loving acts during the course of their days, learning gratitude and forgiveness.

Truly bread for the journey, doled out in small bites that we can hold in our hands when we sleep so that we can awaken with the assurance that we always have food to sustain. Bit of bread held close in sleep that is the bread that brings nourishment to the beginning of the new day.
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