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How to Pray With the Bible: The Ancient Prayer Form of Lectio Divina Made Simple [Paperback]

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Pages   157
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.96" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 27, 2007
Publisher   Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN  1592762166  
EAN  9781592762163  


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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)

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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, natural rhythm of reading and reflection that can be used for individual and family prayer, Bible study, or small faith-sharing groups.

"Lectio," or "holy reading," is well-known to monks and nuns, but it actually began with and is equally appropriate for laypersons. Acclaimed author and retreat leader Karl A. Schultz, author of eight related books, will teach you an intuitive way to use this process for the Liturgy of the Hours, the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross, the Mass, modern papal encyclicals, spiritual classics, journaling, and stress management.

Addressing the Catholic Biblical Federation, Pope Benedict XVI said that, if effectively promoted, "lectio" will bring to the Church "a new spiritual springtime."

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 Word.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! A lifelong student of Scripture, Karl A. Schultz has taught the ancient practice of lectio divina in adult education classes, conferences, and retreats. Applying his knowledge to the health-care environment, he developed an accredited continuing educa- tion program for therapeutic use of the book of Job and lectio divina for Registered Nurses.

Karl A. Schultz currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania. Karl A. Schultz was born in 1959.

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Inspiring  Sep 19, 2007
In How to Pray with the Bible, Karl Schultz assists the reader in embracing the Spirit of God. The ancient prayer form of Lectio Divina is made clear, whereby we can face our greatest difficulties in communication with God. The reader can actually begin to feel with the characters of the Bible. How to Pray with the Bible is an excellent source of understanding the value of suffering bringing us closer to God. The simple but flexible formula of Lectio Divina practiced by the ancient monks can poignantly be incorporated into our everyday lives in this treasure of a book.
 
The "How-To" of Direct and Intimate Dialogue with God  Aug 23, 2007
This is not just one of those "how-to" books that you read once and then say, "OK, I've got it now," and move on. It's certainly not a superficial treatment of lectio divina, despite its mere 157 pages.

Karl A. Schultz has studied the masters of lectio divina -- from ancient to modern -- for three decades. He is among the most prolific writers and speakers on the subject, a well-qualified expert on this most interactive form of prayer. The reader is indeed fortunate to have such a teacher, companion, and prayer partner. As the ancient Hebrews knew, it is wise to approach He-Whose-Name-Cannot-Be-Spoken in the company of an experienced guide.

The "interactive" aspect? Lectio divina facilitates dialogue between oneself and others, life's circumstances, Scripture, God... In fact, it's safe to say that nothing is beyond its scope. In "How to Pray With the Bible," Schultz teaches the reader to bring the whole of one's existence into contact with the word of God.

The cover of "How to Pray With the Bible" asserts that the author will "make simple" this ancient prayer form, but the reader should not underestimate this natural way of conversing with the Lord.

God is perfect in His simplicity, because He is One. The Scriptures tell us, also, that "God is love." Lectio divina brings us human beings, so complex in our fallenness and imperfections, into direct and intimate dialogue with that One Who is Love. Schultz's instructions, examples, hints, and helps take us beyond mere "method." With persistence and practice, we begin to taste, then understand, then live in intimate communion with the Divine, living simply and loving without boundaries, abiding in God as He abides in us.

For the interested reader, the bibliography can be a rich plan for further study. It includes general works on the Bible, lectio divina, and discernment, as well as the author's own contributions to the field, reflecting the breadth and depth of Schultz's research and personal reflection.

Should you be blessed to be stranded on a desert island with the experiences of a lifetime, a Bible, and this book, your "rescuers" would find yours to be the radiant face of one who has communed with the Creator of the Universe ... and lived.
 

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