Lectio Divina--The Sacred Art: Transforming Words & Images Into Heart-Centered Prayer

Lectio Divina The Sacred Art Transforming Words Images Into Heart Centered Prayer Nurture your inner monk and surrender to the natural grace and rhythm of your heart s deepest longings The whole world is in fact a text of sacred revelation All experience has the potential to be r

  • Title: Lectio Divina--The Sacred Art: Transforming Words & Images Into Heart-Centered Prayer
  • Author: Christine Valters Paintner
  • ISBN: 9781594733000
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nurture your inner monk and surrender to the natural grace and rhythm of your heart s deepest longings The whole world is, in fact, a text of sacred revelation All experience has the potential to be revelatory, and God is singing one unending song seducing each of our hearts So the call is to listen, to attune to the words God utters in the world from the AfterwordBNurture your inner monk and surrender to the natural grace and rhythm of your heart s deepest longings The whole world is, in fact, a text of sacred revelation All experience has the potential to be revelatory, and God is singing one unending song seducing each of our hearts So the call is to listen, to attune to the words God utters in the world from the AfterwordBreak open this ancient contemplative practice of listening deeply for God s voice in sacred texts Drawing on her own experience as a monk in the world, Christine Valters Paintner introduces the foundations for a practice of lectio divina She closely examines each of the four movements of lectio divina as well as the rhythm they create when practiced as a process She then invites you to expand your practice beyond traditional sacred texts to a sacred reading of the world through image, sound, nature and life experience.Whether you want to start a contemplative prayer practice or deepen your experience of lectio divina in new ways, you are invited to savor the gifts lectio divina has to offer your heart and spirit.

    One thought on “Lectio Divina--The Sacred Art: Transforming Words & Images Into Heart-Centered Prayer”

    1. This introduction to an ancient prayer practice felt like an article stretched into a book. There was much repetition. Maybe my familiarity with this practice caused me to be more sensitive to simple points that were over explained and repeatedly presented.

    2. An extended look at Lectio that I found very useful. The author provided some interesting alternate ideas for focus of lectio practice. And she made some very good points about the practice not needing to be "perfect."

    3. Maybe I was led to read this book right now, at this point in my life, because of my anxiety about our conflicted world. In any event I needed its message and it has further inspired me to continue my journey into spiritual mindfulness and contemplative meditation to escape the chaos and chatter that fills our world right now. I am fortunate that I’m now retired and have the presence of mind to devote to this journey. I highly recommend this book if you are in that place now too. Also, for tho [...]

    4. Lection Divina is an ancient practice of contemplation with words and Images, that become a silent prayer. Christine Valters Painter the author, takes either the novice or the master to new levels of understanding this world as sacred text. As an evangelical Christian I have felt the demand for the quanity of spiritual intake. How many times will I read the Bible in the coming year and how many hours will I pray. Painter, demonstrated that quality not quanity is what the disciple must shoot for. [...]

    5. This is a very good introduction to the art of sacred reading. The author also goes into how the practice can be used with other items.

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