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La fuerza del silencio

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,346 ratings  ·  213 reviews
El ruido nos impone su dictadura un día y otro, hasta el punto de que rara vez añoramos el silencio. Sin embargo, el ruido genera el desconcierto del hombre, mientras que en el silencio se forja nuestro ser personal, nuestra propia identidad.

Tras el éxito internacional de Dios o nada, el cardenal Sarah afronta en estas páginas la necesidad del silencio interior para escuch
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published February 16th 2017 by Palabra
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As soon as I heard about this book I wanted to start reading it but had to await publication of the English translation. Cardinal Sarah is one of three prominent prelates today I most admire. He considers himself a disciple of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and dedicated this book to him. I share the Cardinal’s affection for our former pontiff and miss his quiet soothing ways.

From the very first page I was swept up in this book. It is a series of reflections on silence, solitude, prayer, and encount
Friar Stebin John Capuchin
"It is time to revolt against the dictatorship of noise that seeks to break our hearts and our intellects. A noisy society is like sorry looking cardboard stage scenery, a world without substance, an immature flight. A noisy Church would become vain, unfaithful and dangerous."
Last three-four days I was under the training of Cardinal Robert Sarah who taught me how to be silent in life. He showed me how important it is to be silent in our day to day lives. It is important in the life of a priest t
I live in a home that has low level noise 24x7. My husband loves to watch TV, keep up with the news and uses the TV as a night light!! I, on the other hand, prefer SILENCE. No wonder this book title more than appealed to me. When one of my groups. Catholic Thought, made this a selection in June, I knew I wanted to read it too.

Cardinal Robert Sarah is from Guinea, a country in western Africa. Pope Francis appointed him as head of the congregation that is responsible for the celebration of the lit
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It can get redundant in places, but pithy enough as to invite pause and reflection. I have thought and said much about silence in the past several years, especially as social media grows in breadth and influence. Becoming a contemplative or even desiring to be one sounds bizarre to many today, but I've often wondered just how much change we could effect in the world should more of us turn away from the noise and seek the Lord more in the silence of our hearts and our homes. Certainly one to rere ...more
David Huff
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A deeply contemplative book, “The Power of Silence” took me back to a quiet personal retreat I made, at a Cistercian Monastery, many years ago. The subtitle, “Against the Dictatorship of Noise” may strike a chord with many in our current day, as we are perpetually bombarded with media of every description, the often frantic pace of our own lives, and Just. Plain. Noise.

The author, Robert Sarah, is a very prominent Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, and writes from a heart obviously filled wi
Manuel Alfonseca
ENGLISH: This book promotes silent prayer and provides many reasons to practice it, but does not say how to do it. There are other books that do that, so reading this book should lead us to find other books, or a teacher, which will handle the question in a more practical way. I found it somewhat repetitive, although perhaps the structure of the book makes this unavoidable.

ESPAÑOL: Este libro aconseja practicar la oración del silencio y ofrece muchas razones para hacerlo, pero no dice cómo se ha
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Power of Silence is an important book for our age. T.S. Eliot in is his masterpiece work, The Four Quartets summarized the state of humanity in the modern world as “Distracted from distraction by distraction.” Cardinal Sarah has a variation on this theme: that in the modern world a dictatorship of noise has descended upon mankind and, indeed, has enslaved mankind. This noise has altered our fundamental relationship with God and has led to the pernicious condition of our souls. Eliot looks at ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the most important spiritual books published in recent times. I know, this is a mouthful, but Cardinal Sarah draws on something very elemental and human – our connection to God. I was already deeply moved by his other book, God or Nothing, and this encore is just as substantial.

In this book Cardinal Sarah draws from his own deep spirituality and puts before us how our modern-day noise pollution, without and within, separates us from our true selves and our connection to the
Steven R. McEvoy
Both this book and God or Nothing have been on my ‘to be read list’ for a while now. Which are the only two works by him that are available currently in English. Each time I was about to start this book, it got bumped for some reason. But I have just finished reading it for the second time in a month as part of an online Catholic book club. This book was not exactly what I was expecting, but it has proved to be what I needed. It has been an excellent resource to be reading at the beginning of le ...more
Anna O.P.
This is my first Cardinal Sarah book (I have God or Nothing but haven't read it—sad!). In it, he expounds on a topic that is dear to my heart but had been largely underproclaimed in the modern Church. I am Indonesian, and as an Asian I am culturally accustomed to the orderly alternating cycles of music and silence... that is, until modernity blurs all of them! Cardinal Sarah provides a refreshing and comprehensive take on the important subject of silence. He bases his reflections on his personal ...more
Evan H.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I began reading this book with a great desire to like it, and a hope that it may help my spiritual life through a growth of silence. That being said, aside from advice to practice lectio devina, I did not find that this book gave much in terms of recommending ways by which to grow in silence and prayer.
My greater discontent, however, was with what I saw as a poor argumentative structure of the text. I think that too often Cardinal Sarah describes an effect as the result of some cause without gi
John Seymour
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A timely book on the need for silence in life, especially in the spiritual life. It is evident that Cardinal Sarah is not on board with the current direction of Church leadership and he has several veiled criticisms of those who would unite the Church with the concerns and fashions of the world.
Maria HEaven
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of the paradoxes of talking about silence is how much noise such chattering can produce. It is a prowess, then, to write on silence for over 200 pages without producing noise, sounding self-righteous or vain. This book, however, is written in such a way—humbly and prayerfully—that it opens a space for silence, instead of filling it with words. It's a powerful and necessary book that brings you down to your knees. ...more
This book has many good insights to ponder about silence and its relation to God and the mystery.
I found chapter 1 hard to get into till about half of it, but then it got better and I am glad I continued.
I liked specially chapters 2 and 3, "God does not speak, but His voice is quite clear" and "Silence, the mystery and the sacred".
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The main purpose of this book is to make us realize that the modern world is filled with noise of all kinds, and silence is really necessary to be able to find ourself and for the relationship with God. The author makes extensive use of references to support the claim. I found the book hard to get to completion, mainly due to repetitiveness and the way it is structured, as a long sequence of small paragraphs with plenty of citations.
Paul Robinson
Father, why did you give the book only three stars and not five stars? Well, firstly, it was not out of a lack of respect for His Eminence. He is clearly a man who loves the faith, who has suffered a lot for the faith, and has the genuine piety of a devout Catholic. It was just that his piety is at times accompanied by doctrinal ambiguities, which is a major fault in someone of his high position in the Church. Secondly, it was not because I did not like parts of the book. On the contrary, there ...more
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend recommended this work of Cardinal Robert Sarah but warned me that it was slow, if worthwhile, going. He was right. I don’t disagree with most of Sarah’s comments on the virtues of silence, especially in silent prayer This silence is a large component of the Carthusian Grande Chartreuse monastery in France , often mentioned. It’s a series of interviews in which Sarah responds to questions which gives the book a loose, even rambling, structure, and would have been more coherent, I think, ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me nine months to read this whole book, but I would definitely recommend reading it slowly, because there is a lot to unpack. It’s a great book to read in the quiet of the morning or evening (if you can find any quiet).
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. "It says nothing. It's boring," I was told. Instead, I am set on fire by this book. Yes, the book does go where the conversation goes. Cardinal Sarah quotes scripture, patristics and hagiography (from memory!) to remind us that God is in silence and that only the lover can hear him there. From Mother Teresa: In the silence is Love that we need to borrow in order to love others. Kierkegaard: Noise is a disease. Silence is prayer. Carmel: The desert is the battle place where Job fought. T ...more
Leonard Delorenzo
I think this is the most important book on the market right now. Not that its subject matter would ever be untimely, but it is especially timely in our tweet-saturated, attention-dispersed, blinking-light modern world. This is one of those books where I have to stop myself from underlining just about everything. Theologically, it is remarkably astute and instructive. Spiritually, it is as nourishing a read as any book I can remember reading.
Julie Machado
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great. Dense and hard to get through, but worth it. Puts a totally different perspective on things, and I love how he doesn't tiptoe around subjects, but respectfully speaks truth clearly. ...more
James Hamilton
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! Awesome encouragement and meat to chew on for those looking to go deeper. This isn't a how-to guide on silence, although the most important part is pretty simple, but it can open you up to doing your own search for the best practices. Instead, this book really hammers hard with a lot of great quotes from contemporaries and saints, popes and those in religious communities that beautifully explain and demand the practice of silence to lead to closer union with God. Cardinal Sarah also i ...more
Joseph Yue
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in the form of conversation, Cardinal Sarah provides us an insightful meditation on silence and its power to transform our interiority. The silence discussed here refers not only to the absence of noisy sounds, but also of distracting sights and thoughts. The modern world is full of noises, precisely because it is full of despair and absurdity without God, and we flee from such a cold reality by employing distractions. Silence, on the other hand, forces one to meet God and his truest sel ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deeply profound and affecting. Not a book you read through quickly. It demands that you read it thoughtfully and deliberately. I read other things and did other things while a single page of this marinated in my mind, always reminding me of the very cacophony I invite into my life daily. There are a lot of insights that I now take with me and try to apply. Highly recommended.
Paul Shaniuk
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an essential spiritual read for our busy, noisy time. The omnipresence of smartphones and screens makes it nearly impossible to foster silence without great effort. Cardinal Sarah speaks volumes in this book of how fostering greater silence in our lives can bring us closer to Christ and help us to combat the “dictatorship of noise” that threatens to distract us all throughout our lives.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a bit of a slow and challenging read. Maybe not the content but the general ethos of the book had me reflecting a lot, as well as trying to find more pockets of silence in my life. Would recommend for the journey, not so much the destination.
Mary Sue
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book moved me. Every once in a while, I come across a book that makes me want to reevaluate everything I know, and this book did that. I absolutely loved the recognition I felt reading this book - despite standing in quite a different corner of Christianity as a young, American, fairly Calvinist woman compared to an established and revered African Catholic cardinal, I could identify many(not all, but many) of Cardinal Sarah's reflections and understandings as ones I've shared and come to lo ...more
I just finished "The Power of Silence" and am still digesting it. (I likely will be for a while.) As such, my review will be short and rather incomplete.

It is true that Cardinal Sarah's book speaks about the same subject in different words for over 200 pages. It is not, however, a boring read. In fact, as I was reading I picked up a pencil to underline passages--something I haven't done since college when I needed to do so in order to really get 'into' a book in order to write a paper. I spent m
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cardinal Sarah, steeped in Carthusian spirituality, challenges the reader to be immersed in silence in order to hear God and grow as a disciple of Christ. His challenge is needed in a world tyrannized by noise. But there were significant times when I was not comfortable with what he was saying. The contents of this book seems to be answers to an interviewer’s questions, but, the reader rarely hears the initial question. It gives the book the feel of randomly generated thoughts on the topic of si ...more
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Robert Cardinal Sarah was born in Guinea, West Africa. Made an Archbishop by Pope John Paul II and a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, he was named the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by Pope Francis in 2014.

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