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How to Pray with the Bible by
Publication Date: 2007-03-01
Praying with the Bible is an active dialogue with God through which we may be taught, healed, and transformed. It is God and the praying person communicating and offering themselves to each other. Learn an ancient prayer technique known as lectio divina, -- a simple rhythm of reading and reflection that can be used for individual prayer, Bible study, or small faith groups. Lectio or ?holy reading? is well-known to monks and nuns. But it doesn't belong exclusively to those who have given their lives to God. Acclaimed author Karl Schultz, author of six related books, will teach you an intuitive way to use this technique for the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, the Mass, modern papal encyclicals, spiritual classics, journaling, and stress management. This book is not only about how to pray with the Bible, but how to bring it to life using your own experience, which contributes significantly to a meaningful encounter with God's holy Word. NOTE: Pronounce lectio divina LEX?-e-oh DUH?-veen-ah (pronunciation not to go on cover)
Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by
Publication Date: 2015-12-19
Maybe you long for a more intimate prayer life or deeper insight from God's Word but just don't know how to get there. Or maybe you want to learn about new spiritual disciplines like visio divina, unplugging or attentiveness.In Spiritual Disciplines Handbook Adele Calhoun gives us directions for our continuing journey toward intimacy with Christ. While the word discipline may make us want to run and hide, the author shows how desires and discipline work together to lead us to the transformation we're longing for--the transformation only Christ can bring. Instead of just giving information about spiritual disciplines, this handbook is full of practical, accessible guidance that helps you actually practice them.With over 80,000 copies in print, this well-loved catalog of seventy-five disciplines has been revised throughout and expanded to include thirteen new disciplines along with a new preface by the author.Mothers, fathers, plumbers, nurses, students--we're all on a journey. And spiritual disciplines are for all of us who desire to know Christ deeply and be like him. Here is direction for our desire, leading us to the ultimate destination: more of Christ himself.
The Latin phrase "lectio divina" means divine reading. It is a particular practice of prayerful meditative reading that the monastics developed in the early church. Christians today may find it useful for the discipline of deeply reflective reading or scripture and devotional material.
This link is a brief explanation of the process of lectio divina as it is typically practiced in monasteries of the Catholic Church.