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When the Soul Listens: Finding Rest and Direction in Contemplative Prayer Paperback – October 1, 1999
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If you are disillusioned, searching for something that makes sense, or experiencing spiritual dryness, this book offers a clear path to a fulfilling connection with God and helps you allow God to work change in your life through prayer.
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About the Author
As an author and spiritual director, Jan holds degrees in Christian education and spiritual direction (D.Min.), which along with many years of Bible teaching, have equipped her to write hundreds of published Bible study sessions. She is also the author of sixteen books and more than a thousand newspaper and magazine articles. Jan is the author of 13 books and more than 1000 Bible studies. You can find out more information at www.janjohnson.org.
- Publisher : NavPress; 1st edition (October 1, 1999)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1576831132
- ISBN-13 : 978-1576831137
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.51 x 0.44 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,618,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But as the book progressed, I was less bothered by the bias because of the clear wisdom about prayer in general. This is a book that I want to get in print eventually because there are so many good one line thoughts about prayer. Because I listened to the book on audio I didn’t write many of them down.
I have also started reading a second book on Contemplative Prayer, Flee, Be Silent, Pray. Both emphasize the fact that Contemplative Prayer is primarily about hearing from God and not ‘doing something’. Evangelicalism broadly tends to be overly focused on getting things done and utilitarianism. So much of what I have learned about prayer growing up and in college and seminary from the Evangelical world was about prayer as intercession, getting things done.
Contemplative Prayer is in many ways, anti-utilitarian prayer and a good corrective, although also not the whole of prayer.
(Also of note: Jan Johnson referenced Dallas Willard several times and she has written some study guides to his books. I can feel her relationship with Willard in the book. If you are a fan of Dallas Willard, this book builds on his work well.)
I have lead and participated in Christian prayer meetings for many years and have gotten the impression that, for many Christians, prayer consists mainly of asking God to do things. Petitionary prayer certainly has its place (see Knocking on Heaven's Door: A New Testament Theology of Petitionary Prayer for an excellent biblical exposition), but if it becomes the center of our prayer life we easily fall into the attitude that God serves our own agenda. Contemplative prayer is a powerful check on this and it opens up a whole new world of possibilities for greater intimacy with God. It focuses more on finding God's own heart and desires and aligning ours with them. This is how we get closer to God. I recommend this book very highly.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2015
In this book the author takes what many make a complicated subject and lays it out in an easy to absorb and understand manner.
What contemplation is and how it relates to prayer is described with practical examples in an easy to follow and easy to apply way.
You will find yourself practicing contemplation straight away, you will find yourself desiring to practice contemplative prayer whilst you are reading the first few chapters of the book.
The first few chapters are fascinating and absorbing and very informative, even life changing. Things just get more interesting from there as the author describes the breadth of the practical application of contemplative prayer.
You might think that contemplatives are locked away in rooms or caves avoiding contact with people and with the wider world. That’s not true. The practice of contemplative prayer is about directly engaging with the Lord and the world in a deeper more satisfying spiritual way.