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The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God [Paperback]

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This resource is a complete introduction to one of the most mysterious prayers of Eastern Christianity, The Jesus Prayer. A conversational question-and-answer format takes the reader through practical steps for adopting this profound practice in everyday life.

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In the earliest centuries of faith, Christians in the deserts of Palestine and Africa sought a short prayer that could be easily repeated, in order to acquire the habit of "prayer without ceasing." The result was "The Jesus Prayer": "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me." This jewel of Eastern Christianity aims at enabling a person to be in God's presence, rather than to focus on feelings or thoughts about God. The first section of "The Jesus Prayer" offers a concise overview of the history, theology, and spirituality of Orthodoxy, so that the Prayer can be understood in its native context. Following, is a conversational question-and-answer format that takes the reader through practical steps for adopting this profound practice in everyday life.

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The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God by Frederica Mathewes-Green has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christianity Today - 10/01/2009 page 66


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Studio: Paraclete Press
Pages   181
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2009
Publisher   Paraclete Press
Age  18
ISBN  1557256594  
ISBN13  9781557256591  


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Frederica Mathewes-Green is one of today's most respected voices on Orthodoxy in America. She has been interviewed in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, and Time, among other publications, and is the author of eight books, including The Illumined Heart: Capture the Vibrant Faith of Early Christians, and The Open Door: Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayers. Visit her at www.fredrica.com



Frederica Mathewes-Green currently resides in Baltimore, in the state of Maryland.

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The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God  Dec 6, 2009
A very good introduction to this ancietn practice. The author does a superb job of explaining the depth of the prayer how such a simple prayer -- Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me -- can be so powerful. She also does a good job of explaining the theology of the prayer and how it ties into the Orthodox Church. But clearly, she wants to open this beautiful prayer to all Christians. I would say this book would be perfect for anyone looking for a way to deepen their prayer life.
C. Lewis
 
The Jesus Prayer made accessible  Oct 3, 2009
Frederica is a bridge author between E. Orthodoxy and other faith streams the way Henri Nouwen was for the RCC and evangelicalism. I sat under her workshops at Oxford CS Lewis Institute and have read all her books and dozens of others on the Jesus Prayer. Eastern Orthodox spirituality and theology and music has deeply impacted my own journey as a pastor. This book is direct, clear, and accessible for any Christian and even those seeking more understanding.

She has chosen to have half the book be in a Q and A format which works well because of the many nuances and viewpoints even among the Orthodox on the practice of the prayer and the related principles of spiritual discipline.

I believe this will be the modern standard to introduce millions of Christians to prayer that moves beyond shallow self-expressed prayers and formal written prayers to a place of constant presence with God so needed in our self-addicted world of miss-placed passions. I encourage you to read the book and more importantly, make the Jesus Prayer and similar scripture prayers the core of your prayer-practice.
 

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