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Invitation to Love: The Way of Christian Contemplation Paperback – June 1, 1994
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Keating, a well-known Trappist priest and retreat leader, provides an excellent, basic introduction to contemporary contemplative practice in ordinary life. He integrates classic Christian teaching with 20th-century psychology, presenting meditation as spiritual therapy. His aim is to lead people from emotional and temperamental reaction to spiritual freedom, out of which contemporary global problems can be addressed. Keating is especially good at addressing the "why" of spiritual practice, though he also discusses the "how" and the stages of spiritual development. Recommended for public and seminary libraries.
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About the Author
Father Thomas Keating is known throughout the world as an exponent, teacher, and writer on contemplative prayer. A Cistercian (Trappist) monk of St. Benedict's Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado, he is a founder of the Centering Prayer Movement and of Contemplative Outreach. He is the author of numerous books, particularly of the trilogy Open Mind, Open Heart; Invitation to Love; and The Mystery of Christ. Among his most recent books is The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living, compiled by S. Stephanie Iachetta.
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This book made me angry. It expects us to be too good. To contrite. To at the foot of the father. I prefer Thomas Merton because he talks about our search and spiritual journey in the context of the real world and in real language. People with desire. People with jobs. People with vocations.
Read No Man is an Island Instead.
Then, there is that beautiful story about Bernie, a real person of great love and generosity, who lives his life to the hilt in a monastery and when the time comes for him to let go, he drops everything in less than a moment's notice. It's an inspiring story of how true prayer makes a person fully human, fully alive!
This is one of the better books on prayer I have read - easy, down-to-earth and powerful. Highly recommended! But be sure to read 'Open Mind Open Heart' before reading this for a good grasp of Centering Prayer, which is the backbone of Keating's thoughts on prayer.