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Lectio Divina: Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures [Paperback]

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Pages   164
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.52" Width: 5.14" Height: 0.53"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1998
Publisher   Crossroad Classic
ISBN  0824517369  
EAN  9780824517366  

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Lectio Divina, a spiritual discipline practiced for more than a thousand years, has undergone a recent resurgence in popularity. Father Pennington introduces the method of contemplative listening that opens us to an experience of God's presence through the sacred scriptures.

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Lectio divina is "letting our Divine Friend speak to us through his inspired and inspiring Word," according to M. Basil Pennington, the late priest, retreat master, and prominent lecturer in the Centering Prayer movement. This ancient Christian practice requires faith, humility, openness, and fidelity. Father Pennington sets the process of praying the Scriptures in the context of meditation, contemplation, compassion, and action. He calls it "a way of friendship" wherein we pay attention to "the love letters from the Lord." Lectio, as a satisfying mental and emotional experience, can be enhanced by reading different translations of the Bible, using commentaries, participating in Bible study groups, and using the resources of Scripture-oriented websites.

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M. Basil Pennington M. Basil Pennington is one of today s more respected spiritual beacons. A Cistercian monk with the avocation of author, he has written over fifty books including Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form (1987) and True Self/False Self: Unmasking the Spirit Within (2000). His community is located in Spencer, Massachusetts.

M. Basil Pennington currently resides in Spencer, in the state of Massachusetts.

M. Basil Pennington has published or released items in the following series...
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Finding God in Scripture  Dec 24, 2009
I think a lot of people, like me, would order and read this book simply because of the author. But, of all the books on lectio that I've read this was probably my least favorite. There are many other authors who give a much better explanation of lectio that is much more concise and relevant than this book. At times the book seemed to wander and I found references that did nothing to help me better appreciate this ancient prayer form. Basil Pennington has written far better books than this one.
Lectio Divina: devotionally transforming your spiritual life  Sep 29, 2008
This is a wonderful book to introductory Lectio, as is the aforementioned (prior post) book by Thelma Hall, "Too Deep for Words". I was able to get both at my public library, but will be purchasing a used copy of Pennington's, for my library. His work is an "informative and practical guidebook for today's Christian" written in a way that stirred my soul to begin practicing Lectio Divina (a "method" to reading Scripture or spiritual works). Lectio is a personal, spiritual time with the Lord thru His Word. The author speaks of taking the "word of life" that He (God) gives you through your daily "lectio" (devotional reading), and carrying this "word" (this can be literally a single word, or a phrase) throughout the day, to commune with our loving Father, one on one. "Receiving a word of life is the essence of Lectio Divina" he writes. "True lectio is taking what the Bible says, to heart."

Using lectio, one first reads (lectio), then reflects (meditates), then responds (prayer), then rests (contemplation) on the word or verse(s).
All reading should end in an action taken for others' sakes. And in doing so, your life changes.

I have done Bible study (INformational) for years...Lectio is TRANSformational, or spiritually's amazing...and this book is a great start, as well as researching Lectio Divina online.

Receive, reflect, respond...but first, read this book!
Disappointing  Aug 30, 2008
I find Thelma Hall's Too Deep for Words a much better short introduction to lectio divina.

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