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Too Deep for Words: Rediscovering Lectio Divina

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Retrieves from obscurity the lost art of contemplative prayer as practiced for sixteen centuries in monastic tradition, and provides 500 thematically arranged scripture texts as rich resources for this intimate prayer.
Paperback, 110 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Paulist Press (first published May 27th 1988)
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Thelma Hall's short book (her discussion of lectio consisting of only 56 pages) is a excellent introduction to lectio divina. She does a great job of putting this practice into the greater context of contemplation and an ever deepening relationship with God. She is very cognizant of Thomas Merton's writings and much of her discussion takes into account his reflections on the true self vis-a-vis the false self. One of the many strengths of this short work is her discussion on the transition to an ...more
Eli Mostrales
It's a five-star book ... [mere words cannot describe the simplicity with which it succeeds in... describing our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ ... & recommending a "methodless method" to continue & enjoy our communion with God]
John Poston
Sad that I gave this one away because I want to read it again! This book seriously deepened my prayer life.
Benjamin Vineyard
The gift of this book is the collection of Scripture texts for prayer. The second half of the book is this list and I've devoured it, sharing it with others.

The front material, Hall's thoughts on prayer, Scripture, and the discerned Christian walk, are well written and accessible. More than accessible, delightful and energizing. It's a happy thing to come across an author I've never heard of and to resonate deeply with their words. This is what's happening for me.

Finally, I keep seeing somethi
Julie Mihevc
Excellent, how-to of Lectio Divina.
This is was a pretty fair primer for Lectio Divina. It was a quick read, well thought out, and informative. For primer and may get a little complex for a casual reader. It wasn't the most thorough treatment of Latino Divina. It becomes a little esoteric when it could be a little more pragmatic. Some might argue this point however when you're talking about any spiritual practice I think clear concise direction is in order. For the most part she gave that direction. There were a few times when she ...more
Love this for reference. If you love to do lectio divina, this book gives you Bible passages by topic.
John Stygles
This is a good "Primer" for someone just beginning their time with Lectio Divina.
Great answer to what I have been seeking. The first half of the book is a straightforward explanation of lectio divina in its parts. The second half is a generous selection of verses to apply the disciplines from the first half. Thelma Hall has done an excellent job making the ancient practices accessible to a contemporary audience. Thanks.
Some really great stuff in the book, I just don't think certain topics were well explained.
Jan 20, 2008 Michelle marked it as to-read
This seems like a good one for introducing Lectio Divina, it also give specific passages to focus on.
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