9780867164305

Armchair Mystic

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  • ISBN13:

    9780867164305

  • ISBN10:

    0867164301

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-04-01
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media

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Summary

This user-friendly book blends theory and practice, gently and concretely taking the reader through the first steps of contemplative prayer. Armchair Mystic begins with the necessary details of time and place to pray, then presents the maturation of the prayer life in four stages: Talking at God, Talking to God, Listening to God and Being With God. Each chapter begins with an Orientation and ends with a concluding summary. Step-by-step exercises throughout the book provide concrete examples of how to use the concepts discussed. Armchair Mystic will prove invaluable to individuals and small groups who are new to contemplative prayer, or who wish to deepen their experience of it. Also available as an audiobook!

Author Biography

Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J., is a spiritual director, retreat director, high school teacher and a Jesuit priest

Table of Contents

Index of Exercises v
Foreword vii
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1(6)
Time, Place and Space
7(10)
The Nuts and Bolts of How to Begin
Aunt Sally
17(14)
The Four Stages of Prayer
From Martha to Mary
31(10)
The Direction of Prayer
Solitude
41(12)
A Necessary Tool
Stage One: Talking at God
53(10)
Ready-made Prayer
Stage Two: Talking to God
63(10)
Extemporaneous Prayer
Stage Three: Listening to God
73(18)
Meditative Prayer
Reading the Signs of the Prayer Times
91(10)
The Graces of Prayer
Sorting Through a Big Catch: Part One
101(8)
The Review of Prayer
Sorting Through a Big Catch: Part Two
109(10)
Five Ways to Review Prayer
When Things Go Haywire
119(10)
Dealing With Distractions
When I'm Bored With God
129(8)
Dealing With Dryness
Why I'm Bored With God
137(14)
Hints of an Explanation
Stage Four: Being With God
151(10)
Contemplative Prayer
Putting Prayer in Action
161(10)
The Test of Authentic Prayer
Appendix A Living a PrayerFul Life
171(6)
God in the Details
Appendix B Resource Recommendations
177(2)
Appendix C Scripture Suggestions
179

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