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About the Author

Thomas Keating is a founding member and the spiritual guide of Contemplative Outreach. He has served on Contemplative Outreach's Board of Trustees since the organization's beginning and is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board. Fr. Keating is one of the principal architects and teachers of the Christian contemplative prayer movement. He is the author of many books, including Open Mind, Open Heart; Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit; Manifesting God; and Invitation to Love. He lives at St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books; 9.6.2011 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590561155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590561157
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the most important book written since the 12 Steps. I have been a sober member of AA for 12 years and Father Keating's interpretation provides an invaluable roadmap for the transformation from self-centeredness, which he says all of us are, to god-centeredness. There is so much in this book regarding the pain of addiction, which he says all of us are addicted, and how to move from addiction using the 12 Steps, that every time I open this book, I grow calm with the knowledge that god can direct my thinking. Having spent most of my life driven by 100 forms of fear, this book specifically discusses what it is and how to resolve it. There is so much practical information, that its probable that this book would resolve issues for anyone that picks it up.
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A very enlightening book about the why's of human behaviour. It goes behind our masks to explain the reason behind many of our actions; particularly those that we regret. Should be compulsory reading for all counsellors and those in the helping professions; particulary priests and confessors; - and anyone who does not understand his/her negative behaviours. Very relevant to anyone striving to live a spiritual life but finding themselves back with their confessor on a regular basis, with the same issues and failings. This book deals with the "why" of our negative behaviours.
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This particular book has been helpfully received by persons working the 12 steps who are part of an internet support group in the practice of centering prayer. I have been amazed at the reflections from center prayer practitioners who are not in 12-step programs as they relate this to their own experience of the false self system. Thanks to Tom S. who over many years worked to get this book into the public domain.
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I agree with the other reviewers on all points and have found this information to be life-changing. It fully connects the strategic and tactical methodologies for finding happiness by transcending disappointing, frustrating and even tragic events in our lives. It gives meaning to the "misuse of will" Bill W. speaks of in the 12 & 12. It also provide powerful tools to achieve the oft-illusive acceptance sought by so many in 12 step programs.

This is done in an interview format with an A.A. guy asking questions/making observations as Father Keating (a Cistercian/Trappist Monk) shares his divine wisdom and insight. While the interviewer can get a little annoying (almost pompous) at times, it cannot overshadow the critically important information and answers provided by the the interviewee (Fr. Keating).

Stop reading this review and BUY THE BOOK! You won't be sorry.
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In the 12 and 12 Bill W. suggests that the problem is that we are trying to achieve happiness by satisfying our instincts, and then goes on with the rest of the book without really telling us what to do about it. This book gives us a solution, a prayer method that is very easy and surprizingly effective.
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This book, an interview with the foremost centering prayer leader today, Thomas Keating, is a must for anyone in a Twelve Step Program. Fr. Keating's remarks give some answers to the question of how to get closer to one's Higher Power/ God or whatever we want to call that which is greater than ourselves. He guides the reader through the steps as they relate to both the individual and the culture we live in. We become closer to who we really are, as Fr. Keating shows us how to recognize and abandon our false selves. I can't think of anyone who would not benefit from this book, no matter what their religious beliefs. It points us in the direction of peace within ourselves and the Universe.
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This is one of the best books I have ever read on the connection between a Higher Power and the Twelve Steps. Whatever your addiction, and even if life is your addiction, this is the guidebook that will never fail you!
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Thomas Keating is already known for his ability to present the spiritual life in a holistic way. In this book Keating is interviewed about each of the twelve steps in AA's Twelve Step spirituality for healing and wholeness. After each of the steps is covered there is a section at the end of the book that presents meditation (the 11th step) in the light of healing contemplative prayer. An excellent book for anyone who practices the 12 Steps and wants to deepen their understanding and practice. Keating refers to our new understanding of the human person as an integral whole. He lauds the 12 steps as a way for everyone interested in living a more serene and healthy life.
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