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"The Cloud of Unknowing" is one of Christianity's enduring mysteries, a meditative state where God is experienced on the deepest interior level. To move beyond thoughts and feelings and into the arms of the divine spirit, we have been given the gift of contemplative prayer.

In Contemplative Prayer, Father Thomas Keating introduces you to this method for inviting the grace of God into your life, to discover the treasure of holiness always present in ordinary events. Join Father Keating as he teaches a complete workshop on this system of Christian meditation, as it has been practiced in the cloisters and monasteries of Europe since medieval times. Contemplative prayer, like a freshening wind, is an uplifting event that can help take you to the starting point of the true spiritual journey.

©1995 Father Thomas Keating

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  • Perennial Essentials
  • 16-08-2008

A new world of prayer

I started using Lectio Divina several months ago and have found a new and exciting committment to pray. As many who strugle with prayer, Lectio and this book on contemplation is a must for those looking to be active in prayer or to jump start your current prayer life.I always spent time in a monologue with God...now we have a dialogue.It is very comforting to rest in the silence of the King.

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  • Lesley
  • 29-05-2010

Where Heaven and Earth Meet

As I listen to Father Thomas I am transported to 'where Heaven and Earth meet' What a joy to spend time in his presence

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  • susan
  • 26-07-2016

Superb!!!!

I heard the ole timers in Alcoholics Anonymous used this book for spiritual reading. Awesome book, worth every penny. you should see for yourselves :)

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  • Sanja Matesic
  • 05-05-2016

The best introduction to centering prayer

I have read about centering prayer and toyed with the idea of doing it for years, but was not committed enough to start a regular practice until I listened to these talks. They contain a wealth of useful and practical advice, the explanations are crystal clear, and Father Keating's voice is extremely pleasant and easy to listen to.

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  • Vicky Kohli
  • 25-03-2015

Practical application.

Where does Contemplative Prayer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was the first book I ever listened to on this particular subject. In my personal spiritual journey, this was one of the missing links. No more.

What did you like best about this story?

This book is particularly based upon Biblical premise but any can be beneficial to anyone who has some interest in hearing God.

What does Thomas Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Listening to the audio book was like he was personally speaking to me. His humour is subtle and effective.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Loved this book. Even though the book is delivered in a catholic setting but any Christ follower will benefit from it. Silence is a discipline in any religion but Father Keating completely explained the logical reason why we should practice this discipline and how to do it. I am in 2nd day of such practice , all I can say is that has noticeably benefitted me.

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  • Liz D.
  • 25-06-2018

Makes you understand why you and everyone do what they do!

Very thought provoking. I have listened to this book 3 different times and each time, I learned something new. Basically most all of our habits and our addictions are due to a lack of nurturing from our mothers. We fail when we try to break an addiction because the addiction provides a temporary fix for us and so we tend to repeat and go back to what we consider “nurturing” but again, it is a temporary fix. The author provides the solution and while difficult, it can be achieved with determination and perseverance. Next to a book by Joyce Meyer, this book is at the top of my “self help” books. Very interesting and the author has a pleasing voice!! I enjoyed it immensely and will probably listen again many more times!

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  • elizabeth Barrs
  • 09-06-2018

awesome practical teaching!

learned so much from this teaching, things that I have always struggled with but didn't really know how it deal with!

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  • Beck
  • 13-03-2017

Listened twice in a row

I loved this audible book so much, as soon as I finished I listened through a 2nd time.
There is so much information and it is so deep and informative I needed the 2nd listen to absorb what I was hearing and learning.
Not at al what I expected... I thought it would be more of a guided meditation. It was much better than that!
I want to read/listen to more from Fr Thomas Keating!

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  • Glenn C. Shoup
  • 11-01-2017

Very Helpful Introduction

I was really looking for an introduction to contemplative prayer and this satisfied what I was looking for. Father Keating was a genuine pleasure to listen to, not only in his style of presentation, but also because you could tell he brought much experience with him.

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  • Catherine
  • 12-12-2016

Amazing simple open to all

Amazing ...clear....simple...open to all.
Father Keating is the perfect messenger...and I believe sent to show is the way out of "suffering"