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When the Soul Listens: Finding Rest and Direction in Contemplative Prayer
by Jan Johnson (Goodreads Author)
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 J ...more
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Feb 24, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
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 reli ...more
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 o ...more
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)
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.
Jan Johnson is an author (20 books), speaker, college prof and spiritual director. She lives in Simi Valley, CA.More about Jan Johnson...