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Prayer Paperback – May 1, 1986
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The book is well written, that is certain. It is as much a systematic theology as it is a book on prayer. I graduated from seminary with a Master of Divinity and still found this book to be dense reading. Balthasar is no foreigner to philosophy and uses the language of philosophy generously. In fact, I found him hard to follow at times.
I am glad that I read this book. I value any insight I can gain to grow in my own prayer pilgrimage. But, be forewarned, this is no easy read on prayer. I hope to find a better introduction to contemplative prayer.
"Contemplation's ladder, reaching up to heaven, begins with the word of scripture, and whatever rung we are on, we are never beyond this hearing of the word.... neither can we get beyond the word in its human form. It is in the humanity that we find God, in the world of sense that we find the Spirit." (preface, p.Read more ›
He tells us, "Existence itself was only given to us for the sake of an even earlier and even more inconceivable purpose of God "before the foundation of the world" (Eph 1:3, ff); indeed, our existence as a whole is immersed in a far deeper sea, the bottomless ocean of the love of the Father who creates natures and laws as a foil for his miracles. This is something we must be vividly aware of as we pray, contemplating the word of God: that the whole compact solidity of our creaturely being and essence, and of the everyday world in which we find ourselves and find our bearings, is afloat like a ship above the immense depths of an entirely different element (which alone is absolute and decisive), namely, the unfathomable love of the Father."
Wow! It's like he's telling us that the Father is this "living water." And, to seek and find the "living water" is to find LOVE. Von Balthasar says, "The person who prays must experience this love.Read more ›
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This is a text that is deep theological reading. Yet when taken incrementally becomes a devotional that provides a solid Biblical foundation for prayer and the practice thereof. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mark
Thoughtful, devotional, considerate, historically literate doxology for the wonder of the Triune God as the initiator, ground, and sustenance of prayer. Highly recommended.Published 9 months ago by Dr. James A. Holmlund
Good material, but way too abstract for practical use,Published on July 10, 2014 by Richard C. Perl
I know there are Amazon customers who insist you should not judge a book by its cover, in this case a kindle edition by its typos, but I disagree: I'm a customer too, and the... Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by GERALD VINCENT CLARKE
A masterpiece. While this book could easily be used for a course in theology it is written with such grace and an almost poetic style that can be read by all. Read morePublished on June 13, 2014 by Hugh Wonderly
Von Balthasar is not an easy writer to read. He is very thorough in the development of his ideas. For example:
"There is in contemplation, ultimately, a certain... Read more
the misprints are too numerous to list.
amazing book!!! terrible printing.
If I could I would give it zero-stars for presentation.
Buy a hard copy.