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Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina

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Examines the Western tradition of lectio divina (a spiritual and prayerful approach to reading the sacred texts) in order to help readers expand their spiritual approach to living.

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Published September 24th 1997 by Liguori Publications (first published April 1996)
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Another book I was perusing in preparation for my reading class. I'm going to create a secular lectio divina type exercise, so I wanted to read more about it! After reading about monks and their reading practices, the long history of the art of lectio divina in the church, I feel that more monkish practices may appear in my class. There is an underlying of personal reading as part of a shared reading community that I really like, and I'm mulling over ways of making that happen. Perhaps we shall ...more
Ian Callahan
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I picked up a copy at a short conference on Lectio Divina at St. Mary's Monastery in Petersham, MA. This is a book I will turn to again and again for the rest of my life.

First of all, it's an excellent introduction to the practice of Lectio Divina. But what I found really remarkable about it was the depth and wisdom of the author coming through, almost leaping, off the page. I'm not accustomed to being around older, spiritually mature men and women of faith and Michael Casey's ability to situat
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Willa
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
This book is about the traditional Catholic practice of lectio divina -- reading scripture meditatively in a prayerful spirit.

I requested it "blind" from PBS and was a little nervous because sometimes, unfortunately, Catholic spirituality can be mixed with relativism and over-homage to other religions to the point of diluting the richness of the deposit of faith. However, it turned out to be both solid and perceptive and scholarly. I am glad to have a book on lectio divina on my shelves.
Wanda
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Takes lectio a bit deeper than the intro books.
Andrew Doohan
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The art of lectio divina, literally holy reading is a long-established practice in the Christian spiritual life, particularly in the various monastic traditions of the Christian Church, both east and west. The practice dates to the very beginning of Christianity, though it became intrinsic to the monastic tradition based on the Rule of St Benedict, becoming a daily practice of those within the monastery.

The practice of lectio divina has escaped the monastic enclosure and become increasingly popu
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Michael
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
Probably the best book on Lectio Divina for the "systematically minded" modern person. Not to say it does not have its roots in experience, but the way it is written is very straight forward in order to give a person the best overall knowledge of what Lectio is and why it is so important to spiritual growth. With that said, it might be good to read it in conjunction with Mariano Magrassi's "Praying the Bible: An Introduction to Lectio Divina," or if short on time, Masini's short work on Lectio D ...more
Chris
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I was looking for some good "how to" material on the discipline of lectio divina. This book did a little bit of that but also laid a good foundation for the practice.

My thirst to know more about this spiritual practice was certainly increased by Casey's writing. Although it was perhaps a little more about history and theory, there was enough practical information to get me started.

He is definitely and engaging and thoughtful writer. I will be looking to read one of his earlier books, "Toward God
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Mike
Aug 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
A very realistic approach to the topic. His down to earth acknowledgement of some of the difficulties one faces as we try to read, study and contemplate using methods from centuries ago.

His recognition of the value offered by the desert mystics was reassuring.

I found the book to be encouraging at my novice level in these pursuits.
Monte Rice
Oct 07, 2012 rated it liked it
“Lectio divina is a technique of prayer and a guide to living. It is a means of descending to the level of the heart and of finding God.” (vi) “My ambition is to describe lectio divina in such detail that those living outside monasteries and not in direct contact with the lived experience of monks and nuns can profit from their tradition in the living of the Gospel.” (viii)
Nancy Moffett
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
A lovely book, one I'll return to. Michael Casey respects scripture, expects discipline and commitment from readers, understands the desire to go deeper with God. Catholic based, but not narrow minded.
Martha
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
This book is very useful if you are tired of re-reading the same elementary instructions on how to do lectio divina (sacred reading). Fr. Casey provides reading lists and tools for using texts other than the Scriptures, with an emphasis on the Fathers of the Church.
Gregory
Good, but a bit liberal.
Curtis
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prayer
This really deepened my devotional life. Studying and praying scripture in this way is like having your very own aelethiometer (golden compass) that opens up your heart to the truth.
Jim
Jun 17, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Carlos Quijano
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Probably the best introduction to lectio divina that I have come accross.
Damien Rappuhn
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on Lectio Divina available.
DJ Dycus
A great resource for:
- the history of the practice of lectio divina
- a theological justification for its practice
- the history of the platonizing influence on the Church Fathers
- an overview of Patristics
- practical how-to instructions on the practice of lectio divina

Very well written.
Joshua Booher
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: EfM participants, Benedictine Oblates and Associates
Very interesting ideas relating to Lectio Divina. I don't agree with all of his assertions, but overall the book helped me understand Lectio Divina better. I would recommend for anyone wanting to engage long-term with Lectio Divina.
Tony Desantis
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
i bought this book because we use Lectio Divine in our prison ministry. It's an excellent guide to using Lectio Divina. I will keep it as a reference book.
Andrea
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent introduction into Lectio Divina. Michael Casey is an excellent writer and monk with deep knowledge of his subject matter.
Pamela Ann
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good straightforward introduction to the topic.
Tj
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
It prescribes a "one size fits all" approach. Bogged down in too much detail. The only book by Casey that I didn't like.
booklady
Jan 07, 2011 marked it as recommended
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Thanks Wanda!
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