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When the Soul Listens: Finding Rest and Direction in Contemplative Prayer

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Do you long for depth and authenticity in your relationship with God? Do you want purpose and daily direction but can't seem to find the "right" prayer to receive it? "If prayer has stopped 'working' for you or if you want to know the reality of God, I invite you now to explore contemplative prayer and the lifestyle that allows you to experience God's presence," says Jan ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published October 15th 1999 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published October 1st 1999)
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Paul
Mar 31, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
This is the best book on contemplative prayer I've read. It's hard to imagine a better one to recommend to other Christians. It offers a clear, biblical justification for the listening, transformative kind of prayer that ought to be at the heart of every Christian's relationship with God. It's a very encouraging book, but it doesn't make exaggerated claims. It carefully distinguishes a Christ centered form of prayer from other similar forms of meditation and contemplation practiced in other ...more
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Jan 22, 2016 Sanejo Leonard rated it really liked it
This book by Dr. Jan Johnson reflects an engaging way to encounter God in prayer. Many books have been written over the years on prayer, but Dr. Johnson's insightful and intimate descriptions of prayer invite the reader into a deeper way of connecting with God. Dr. Johnson goes beyond "how to's" or even abstract theological concepts that often only serve to muddy the concept of prayer, and helps the reader to see interacting with God through prayer in a whole new way. If you read only one book ...more
Kyna
Jan 05, 2009 Kyna rated it it was amazing
I grew up Southern Baptist. I'm not knocking that, I'm grateful. But at this stage in my life, I need something different and deeper. This book has been an invaluable resource for helping me know how to find God in a more contemplative way. The last thing I need is for my relationship with Christ to be MORE about the DOING and less about Him BEING in me. She is a wonderful writer and has partnered with Dallas Willard for a devotional. (see my list)
Chris
Jun 27, 2010 Chris rated it liked it
A very helpful book on deepening your prayer life into more of a genuine "counseling with the Lord" relationship. Written by a Christian author, it was helpful to me because it pulled me out of my typical LDS jargon and thoughts into a deeper thinking about prayer and relationship with God. I enjoyed it.
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May 26, 2016 Dee rated it it was amazing
Looking for a closer walk, this book will enrich you, and as stated on the back cover, I also intend to come back to it again and again.
Shiffra
Oct 28, 2008 Shiffra rated it liked it
This was a good book for me especially when I first started trying to learn how to listen to G-d and it's still a good book for me to go back and reread.
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Sep 05, 2011 Allison rated it it was amazing
LOVED this. It came at the right time in my life while i was in Costa Rica just trying to escape everything. My soul found rest and I learned a whole new approach to prayer.
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Jan Johnson is an author (20 books), speaker, college prof and spiritual director. She lives in Simi Valley, CA.
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