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.
"When I found the courage to ask what might work for me, the answer came right away: prayer. Many people had offered to pray for me. How could I not join them ? This guilty question liberated me, and enforced rest took away all excuses. I had time to pray, I had something to pray about. So I prayed" (p. 6). "I found the greatest meaning through prayer. Without prayer my fear engulfed me, and I could not believe good news or bad. Through prayer my fear of death slowly diminished, yet this fearlessness did not portend an early death; my health was restored. Prayer became an end in itself, irreplaceable time with the God of love" (p. 10).
Contents: What makes sense -- Comfort -- Illness and meaning -- Recovery.
Author "was diagnosed with cancer in 2003. The disease responded to treatment, and she now undergoes regularly scheduled routine tests and checkups. She lives with her family outside Washington, D.C., where she works as a writer and editor". -- back page.
"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.
Primate Fred Hiltz reflects on his recent annual retreat with the Brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) at their monastery in Cambridge, Mass. "I cherish these times, free from the hectic pace of my ministry, from the frenzy of one meeting after another, each with its own expectations and demands. I enjoy the rhythm of life in a community whose first and most important work is prayer. At the break of day, mid-day and at the end of day, all of life is lifted heavenward". "In their gentle but firm way, they redirect my attention from all the work I might plan to do on retreat. They remind me that I am there for rest, refreshment and recreation. I am there to draw closer to Jesus, the Beloved of God. I am there at his invitation, 'Come to me, all you that are wear and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest' (Matthew 11:28)". "This year's retreat was especially important as I approach the fifth anniversary of my installation as primate of our beloved church". "As we look down the future's broadening way, may we never lose sight of Jesus, The Beloved of God who goes before us. Let us never forget that in him, we too are the beloved of God. Can we imagine such love, can we comprehend, embrace and celebrate it ?"
"Daily prayer fosters a profound understanding of each new day being a gift. Its rhythm echoes the structure of the day, the week, the year. It reflects the cycle of the seasons and of our human lives. To deepen our understanding of this rich source of spiritual nourishment and formation, [this book] explores daily prayer in its ancient and contemporary forms. It considers its various aspects -- praise, intercession and scripture -- and suggests ways in which the great variety of resources available today might enable us to create forms of daily prayer that will sustain us, whatever our lifestyle and personal circumstances". -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction -- Patterns of Daily Prayer -- Aspects of Daily Prayer -- Looking at Some Recent Resources for Daily Prayer -- Conclusion -- References and Further Reading.
"The 'how' of imaginative prayer is far easier to describe than the results. Why do this ? What happens ? The first thing that happens, sometimes immediately and sometimes slowly over time, is insight into the workings of your soul. When we concentrate on telling ourselves a story, we tend to censor our thoughts less than we normally do. One day I imagined myself as Judas, propelled by greed. I do not like to think of myself as so greedy that I will sacrifice friendship, loyalty, honor, or my traditions for thirty pieces of silver. But during the meditation I was reminded of times when I have, through greed, turned my back on what is good. I revisited those unpleasant memories in the guise of Judas and asked God for forgiveness. Now if I try to fool myself into thinking my motives are pure when they are actually greedy, the memory of my Judas meditation returns, and encourages me to turn from my sin" (p. 10).
Contents: How to do it -- Afterward -- Why Imaginative Prayer ? -- Some Questions -- A Short Outline of the Meditation procedure.
Author is an Episcopal lay woman and "an art business adviser, lies in New York City". -- p. .
"Anglicans ... may have certain preferred physical positions [for prayer] -- kneeling, perhaps, folding their hands or closing their eyes -- or they may like to use aids, such as candles or prayer beads. 'Using tools in prayer helps us engage our entire beings', says the Rev. Kara Mandryk. 'A lot of times, at least when the way I grew up, prayer is either in your head or in your mouth. But once prayer is in your body, you engage with God in a different way'. Mandryk is the co-ordinator of Henry Budd College for Ministry in The Pas, Man., diocese of Brandon. Formerly, she was an associate professor for worship and Christian spirituality at Providence University College and Theological Seminary in Otterburne, Man., where she taught a class on the rituals of prayer to students from different Christian traditions". "In Scripture, she says, there are many examples of different physical positions of prayer -- standing, kneeling, prostrate, arms upraised". "The many rituals and types of prayer Mandryk has taught over the years include saying the rosary, centering prayer and even praying through drawing". "'Walk around the community and use the physical world around you as your intentions for prayer: what you see, what God opens your eyes to', she says. Aids to prayer, Mandryk says, don't have to be artificial". Mandryk "says people should also recognize that not every type of prayer will fit everyone's personality or learning style. Spiritual disciplines require work and may not feel natural the first time. However, she says, don't worry if something doesn't work for you".
"Dialogue, discernment, participation, pondering. These forms of prayer need to be deepened by intentional doing -- practiced as disciplines during regularly scheduled times during the week. This means exercising each as we might practice scales, chords, or arpeggios in order to play Beethoven fluidly and with style" (p. 14). "Our relationships with others flow directly from our primal way of being, which for the Christian is prayer. The conversion of consciousness I have been describing is tested not so much by heavy moral decisions as by our spontaneity -- when on the down escalator we smile at the stranger going up as the Spirit within us greets the Spirit in another" (p. 15).
Contents: Visionary Christianity -- Naming the Name -- Prayer as Dialogue -- Prayer as Discernment -- Prayer as Participation -- Prayer as Pondering -- From Doing to Being in Prayer -- The Prayerful Center of Action.
"Reprinted from 'Prayer as Living Itself', 'Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life; (May/June 1998), Vol. XIII, No. 3 Copyright 1998 by The Upper Room". -- back page.
Author is "an ordained United Methodist minister and an ordained Roman Catholic priest who serves as a professor in three universities and now lives as a hermit and a monk writing and working with the poor in the Ozarks". -- back page.
"Path Books an imprint of ABC Publishing, Anglican Book Centre". -- verso of t-.p.
Includes bibliography (p. 164-167) and index.
"Prayer changes lives. It profoundly shapes us and our surroundings. Drawing on the rich tradition of Christian prayer, and on her experience as a workshop leader offering spiritual guidance, Anne Tanner suggests practical ways of making space for God in our lives, and of remaking our lives in the process. The book gives clear instruction on various forms of mediation, with gradual steps for beginners and fresh insights for the experienced. These gentle disciplines of prayer can bring us to a still centre where the strands of our fragmented and busy lives are drawn together, and our awareness of God's presence is deepened". -- back cover.
Contents divided into three main parts: Welcomed into Prayer -- Giving Voice to Prayer -- Meditation and Action.
Contents: Introduction / Anne Tanner -- Beginnings -- Making Space for God -- Bringing Our Whole Selves to Prayer -- Our Bodies, Our Prayers -- Wisdom: A Feminine Face of God ? -- The Praying Tradition -- Praise and Thanksgiving -- Penitence and Confession -- Praying for Others and for Ourselves -- Prayer in the Midst of Conflict in Society -- Space for Silence and Stillness -- Approaches to Discursive Meditation -- An Exercise in Contemplative Prayer -- Walking Meditation -- Bibliography -- Further Resources -- Topical Index.
"The purpose of this volume is to help you pray and grow in your personal religious life. It is a book about your inner life and your relationship with God. Although this relationship is unique for each person, there is a general way in which God deals with us and through which we respond. This book is concerned with this general pattern". -- p. 1.
Contents: Foreword dated Bedford, Massachusetts, June 2008 / John B. Coburn -- Preface dated Cincinnati, Ohio, June 2008 / Richard H. Schmidt -- Prayer is Response to God -- Be Yourself and Begin Where You Are -- Clearing the Ground -- The Foundation Stones of Prayer -- The House That Prayer Builds -- Progress in Prayer -- Mature Personal Religion: Action and Worship -- On Suffering and Joy -- Discussion Questions.