The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis (HarperCollins, 1949)

 

If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain? And what of animals who suffer needlessly?

Considered the greatest Christian thinker of modern times, C. S. Lewis sets out to answer these complicated questions. With chapter titles such as: Divine Goodness; Human Wickedness; Human Pain; Hell, and Heaven, Lewis offers compassionate insight, hope and wisdom to a world hungering for truth.

The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence by Henri J. M. Nouwen

The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence

by

Henri J. M. Nouwen

 

 

 

 

ON SOLITUDE:

“Solitude is the place of purification and transformation, the place of the great struggle and the great encounter…the place of our salvation.”

ON SILENCE:

First, silence makes us pilgrims. Secondly, silence guards the fire within. Thirdly, silence teaches us to speak.”

ON PRAYER:

“The prayer of the heart opens the eyes of our soul to the truth of ourselves as well as to the truth of God. The prayer of the heart challenges us to hide absolutely nothing.”

 

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library, 1999)

Eckhart Tolle’s bestselling book The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment has been a life changer for me and millions of other people around the world. If you are at all interested in going deeper in your spiritual journey, in contemplation and Christian Mysticism, I highly recommend you read Eckhart Tolle’s amazing book. I found an incredibly insightful article written by Richard Rohr on Eckhart Tolle. This quote from the article is one of the best descriptions I’ve read so far:

Tolle is, in fact, rather brilliantly bringing to our awareness the older tradition … [which is] both the ground and the process for breaking through to the theological contemplation of God, and acquired contemplation of Jesus, the Gospels, and all spiritual things. He is teaching process, not doctrine or dogma. He is teaching how to see and be present, not what you should see when you are present. Tolle is our friend, and not an enemy of the Gospel. There should be no conflict for a mature Christian.” 

 

 

*Eckhart Tolle and the Christian Tradition by Richard Rohr

The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul With Monastic Wisdom (Soren Books , 2011)

In 2012, a dear friend introduced me to a book that would completely change the direction of my life and ministry… The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom by Christine Valters Paintner. It was in this incredible book that I first discovered Benedictine Spirituality, monasticism, contemplative art and so many other things. Words escape me when trying to describe the impact Christine, her ministry and writings have had on my life.

Christine’s beautiful book is perfect for individual or group study. The 12 week format provides in-depth application of Benedictine principles to our creative gifts. Each week’s lesson offers a variety of ways to learn about and express your contemplative art from Lectio Divina; teachings from the monastic fathers; visual, movement or voice explorations; poetry writing or guided meditation. The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom is rich beyond measure with ways to expand your creative abilities and deepen your walk with God. If you are new to Benedictine Spirituality there is no better place to start!

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide To Contemplative Spirituality

If you are at all interested in Christian Mysticism and Contemplative Spirituality, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism is a must read! I haven’t finished reading it yet so I can’t give a complete book review. But so far it is excellent!

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Breathing Under Water Companion Journal: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps (Franciscan Media, 2015)

 

We are all addicted to something. And Father Richard Rohr’s Companion Journal can help you work your way through the wisdom of the 12 Step program as outlined in Breathing Under Water. The journal contains reflections, discussion questions, and room for your own notes to help you explore the process in a way that’s relevant and meaningful in your own life. If you loved Breathing Under Water, you are going to want The Companion Journal. It is helping me so much in my 12 Step work this summer. I highly recommend Breathing Under Water Companion Journal: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps.

Divine Therapy and Addiction: Centering Prayer and the Twelve Steps (Lantern Books, 2011)

In a conversation with Tom S., a long-time member of AA, Father Thomas talks about surrendering to one’s Higher Power and the journey that must be undertaken for the healing of the soul to begin. Father Thomas reflects on the wisdom and legacy of the Alcoholic Anonymous Twelve Step Method and its similarities with the Christian mystical traditions of centering prayer and Lectio Divina.

 

Thomas Keating is the founder of the Centering Prayer movement, an author, teacher and monk who has worked for many years to foster understanding among the world’s religions. He is a member of the Cistercian Order in the Benedictine tradition and lives at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado.