Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $14.95
  • Save: $1.52 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Sleeping with Bread: Hold... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: A well-cared-for item that has seen limited use but remains in great condition. The item is complete, unmarked, and undamaged, but may show some limited signs of wear. Item works perfectly. Pages and dust cover are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine is undamaged.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life Paperback – May 1, 1995

4.7 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$13.43
$7.71 $0.03

2016 Book Awards
Browse award-winning titles. See all 2016 winners
$13.43 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life
  • +
  • Good Goats: Healing Our Image of God
  • +
  • Healing the Purpose of Your Life
Total price: $36.22
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

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

About the Author

Dennis, Sheila, and Matt Linn have given retreats and seminars on processes for healing in over fifty countries and in many universities and hospitals, including a course to doctors accredited by the American Medical Association. Dennis and Matt are co-authors of nineteen books, the last fourteen co-authored with Sheila. These books have sold over a million copies in English and have been translated into more than twenty different languages. Dennis and Sheila live in Colorado with their son, John, whom they are home and global-schooling. Matt lives in a Jesuit community in Minnesota.

Dennis, Sheila, and Matt Linn have given retreats and seminars on processes for healing in over fifty countries and in many universities and hospitals, including a course to doctors accredited by the American Medical Association, Dennis and Matt are co-authors of twenty-one books, the last sixteen co-authored with Sheila. These books have sold over a million copies in English and have been translated into more than twenty different languages.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press; 1st Paperback Edition edition (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809135795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809135790
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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
Comment 48 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment 43 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 44 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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....
Comment 27 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life