"With clarity, wisdom and wit, Brian Taylor offers us a fresh look at contemplative prayer as the pathway to genuine healing and spiritual transformation. This book is itself the fruit of years of contemplative practice, and whether you are new to this form of prayer or an experienced practitioner, Taylor's insight, encouragement, and practical guidance will enhance and strengthen you efforts to draw nearer to the heart of God in prayer, and in doing so, become more conformed to the image of Christ". -- back cover.
Contents divided into three main sections: Part One: Practice -- Part Two: Context -- Part Three: Transformation.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Foreword / Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M. -- Getting Started -- Praying with the Will, the Mind, and the Heart -- The Contemplative in the Church -- Traditional Disciplines -- Finding Support -- Going Deeper -- Learning from Difficulty -- Becoming Free --Appendix : A Bibliography of Patristic and Eastern Orthodox Sources.
Be Still and Know was first published by Fount Paperbacks, London, in 1982, and Seabury Press, new York, in 1983 -- verso of t.-p.
"This book has a single theme, but its two parts are difference in form. The first is a study of the Prayer of Jesus and the understanding of prayer in St. Paul, St. John and the Letter to the Hebrews as well as in the story of the Transfiguration. The second part is more directly pastoral in form, and deals with some of the practical aspects of Christian praying, with a digression on some lessons from the English Mystics of the fourteenth century and the Spanish Mystics of the sixteenth, in the belief that they speak to our contemporary world" -- Preface.
"Few of us are confident that we know how to pray as we ought. .... In recent decades many Christians have found in centering prayer one way to bring their sighing hearts to God. In this article I will use my own search for a deeper prayer life to explore the centering prayer movement, to answer questions about the method, and to suggest support when keeping the discipline becomes difficult" (p. 2).
"Thomas R. Ward, Jr.'s, 'Centering Prayer: An Overview' was originally published in 'Sewanee Theological Review' 40:1 (Christmas 1996), published quarterly by The School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee." -- back page.
Author is an Episcopal priest and "university chaplain at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee". -- back page.