"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.