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Word Into Silence

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Main encourages people to turn aside, not to avoid or escape life, but to discover their deepest center through meditation and encounter the spirit of Jesus dwelling within.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Continuum (first published 1980)
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Sister Pam
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This small book contains a condensed, modernized version of The Cloud of Unknowing. Many Christians and non-Christians believe incorrectly that meditation is associated only with Eastern religions. In reality, meditative prayer dates back to the very beginnings of Christianity. The specific reason for meditation, or contemplation, is to listen to the Word of God in silence, without distraction. A short, how-to meditate, section at the end of the book not only provides instruction, the steps delv ...more
Kate Layzer
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Profound. Essential reading for anyone growing in a Christian contemplative practice. Since John Main believed that the best way to learn meditation is by practicing it, he offers very few practical helps. Instead, this book invites the reader/practitioner to gaze into the heart of the Christian contemplative and theological tradition... and above all to trust the silence.
Fede Boccacci
El libro es uno de los primeros que describe la propuesta de la Comunidad mundial de meditación cristiana.

Propone la perseverante repetición de un mantra como el camino para llegar a la pobreza y a ese despojo de los aspectos fragmentados e ilusorios del yo, y así reconocer nuestra verdadera identidad: somos hijos del Padre y el ser de Dios es el que sostiene el nuestro.
El libro da algunos fundamentos y consejos prácticos para meditar: elegir una palabra, no modificarla, repeti
Apr 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nice, short introduction to praying with a mantra, which he grounds in scripture and meditation classics, especially The Cloud of Unknowing.
Daniel Willis
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Be still and know that I am God" - Psalm 46:10

Ask any middle class suburbanite and they will gleefully inform you of their trips to the Far East looking for "Spirituality" there. Yet, all they may come back with are pictures of street food, hemp pants, a vegan diet or perhaps some dreadlocks. But spiritual truth does not have a geographic location, and it is not a secret locked away in obscure rituals of "exotic" cultures. The truth is more simple and plain. And that's exactly the p
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read from Fr. John. I usually don't re-read books, but this one is an exception. I have a feeling I will be re-reading it a lot!
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this gentle and thoughtful book, Main identifies some background in the Christian tradition for meditation. This meditation is based on the repeated name or title for God, or a short phrase from the Christian scriptures. This is repeated over and over for 20 to 30 minutes. In this edition of 'Word Into Silence' Main's language might be uncomfortable in a more gender inclusive time we now inhabit, but much of what he says is still very applicable today. He offers a background and some practica ...more
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This is a spectacular little book on the discipline of Christian meditation. Filled with wonderful reflections and instructions. I read a portion almost daily.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Umm - not 100% sure I understood exactly what he was talking about a lot of the time. Maybe I was too tired, or not on the right wavelength as other reviewers seem to love it.
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