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Discovering Lectio Divina: Bringing Scripture Into Ordinary Life

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Saints of the past can't seem to say enough about their ecstatic experiences with the words of Scripture. The writer of Psalm 19, for example, can hardly contain himself as he exclaims that God's words and ways have revived his soul, made him wise, brought joy to his heart, given him clarity and correct perspective on his life, and warned him of danger. Why should our expe ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published May 10th 2012 by IVP Books
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Lectio divina is an ancient practice of reflective reading and praying about the scriptures that includes the elements of slow and repeated reading (lectio), reflection (meditatio), prayer in response to one's reflections (oratio) and resting in God's presence (contemplatio).

What Wilhoit and Howard give us is not a "how to" manual for lectio so much as a deeply theological and formational reflection of what it means to weave this discipline into one's life. They begin with our thirst for God and
Dr. Howard does a great job of pulling together ancient traditions and explaining them in very accessible language. Anyone interested in getting more out of Bible reading will find the book helpful, as the structure is geared toward many different levels of understanding. A more knowledgeable reader might skip the first few chapters, but will still find new insights in the rest of the book.
Sep 03, 2012 Gary rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: church leaders, disciples, Christians,
Recommended to Gary by: Englewood Review of Books
Lectio divina is not new, but it is fairly unknown to a large number of Christians. Over the past few years, this way of praying and studying the Bible has gained attention. Lectio divina is Latin for divine lesson or divine reading, but that does not tell us why the phrase is used instead of “Bible study” or “devotional time.”

In their book Discovering Lectio Divina: Bringing Scripture into Ordinary Life, James C. Wilhoit and Evan B. Howard give readers an introduction to lectio divina that is i
Good, short introduction to the practice of lectio divina, emphasizing four practices: reading, meditating, praying, and contemplating. Though it is not part of lectio divina, the authors also include a chapter on action, since reading the Bible should lead to action. Includes 140 pages of text, and reflection questions at the end.
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