Item description for Journey to the Heart: Centering Prayer for Children by Frank X. Jelenek & Ann Boyajian...
Overview Introduces young children to the joys of communicating with God in an intimate way by centering prayer through age-appropriate illustrations, simple instructions, and gentle encouragement. Original. $10,000 budget.
Publishers Description "This new resource has been declared Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur by William B. Smith, S.T.D., Censor Librorum and Dennis J. Sullivan, Vicar General, Archdiocese of New York""Millions of books have been sold, teaching adults the practice of centering prayer. Finally, a guide for children "
Centering prayer is a way of opening our whole being to God, beyond thoughts, words and emotions. It is simple and practical--a way of preparing heart and mind to receive the gift of intimate relationship with God. Jesus said, "When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." (Matthew 6:6) Frank Jelenek shows young children just how to do that. The first guide to a contemplative prayer practice for children, "Journey to the Heart" both instructs and inspires. Many parents and teachers will learn from this colorful treasure of a book, as well Until now, parents and teachers had no resource available to introduce children to the joys of communicating with God in this special, intimate way. This loving book makes it easy for children to share in the spiritual nourishment of centering prayer through age-appropriate illustrations and text that provides clear directions and encouragement in simple, fun language. Ideal for ages 3 - 10.
Citations And Professional Reviews Journey to the Heart: Centering Prayer for Children by Frank X. Jelenek & Ann Boyajian has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 10/01/2007 page 71
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Studio: Paraclete Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.8" Width: 8" Height: 0.1" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Paraclete Press (MA)
ISBN 1557254826 ISBN13 9781557254825
Reviews - What do customers think about Journey to the Heart: Centering Prayer for Children?
Great book! Jul 25, 2008
Very well done...Centering prayer is a great way to get children quiet and in touch with God during their busy day. Parishes all over the country are offering this prayer as part of their weekly offerings. Oh, by the way, the person who wrote the review "Dangerous for Children" needs to increase her medication and visits to the therapist.
another concerned parent Apr 25, 2008
I have not read this book, but then, obviously, neither has "Concerned Parent". It is dishonest to review a book one has not read. I will balance out this false review to some degree by giving the book 5 stars.
Furthermore Concerned parent evinces no knowledge of the Christian contemplative prayer tradition or he/she would know that Centering Prayer is based on the practice of the early Christian monks described by John Cassian in his "Conferences", and "The Cloud of Unknowing", a mystical handbook written by an anonymous 14th Century monk. Centering Prayer is simply a distillation for modern people of the method recommended by these holy monks.
The Catechism does indeed endorse Centering Prayer, though not by name, when it says, "Contemplative prayer is the simple expression of the mystery of prayer. It is a gaze of faith fixed on Jesus, an attentiveness to the Word of God, a silent love. It achieves real union with the prayer of Christ to the extent that it makes us share in his mystery."
This is a perfect description of Centering Prayer.
11-year-old Lexi's review Mar 18, 2008
Since I'm over 50, it's hard for me to assess this book aimed at young readers. So I asked my friend Lexi B (11 years old) in Houston to read Journey to the Heart and give me her honest opinion of it. Here's what she wrote ...
"I read the Journey book more than two times, and its just amazing. A couple of times before I read this book I was having some problems connecting with God. And when I read it, it really did bring me closer. I am understanding a lot better what the lessons and readings in the church actually mean.
I really do recommend this book to children and or teens and pre-teens, to read this book and follow what it says. I believe that God will never let you go whether or not you know.
I really , really, really love this book!"
Journey to the Heart by Frank Jelenek Dec 12, 2007
Christian Contemplative Prayer dates back to the early centuries of the church with the book the "Cloud of the Unkowning". It is Christian in that it reflects a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and the belief in the indwelling of the Trinity. It is different from Hinduism or other eastern practices in that it is a prayer of receptivity and openness, of intention and desire to consent to God's presence and action within us. In the 1970's, spiritual mystics like Fr Thomas Keating, Basil Pennington realized that this life-changing prayer should not be confined to the monastery but offered to all Christians. Since then, it has been a rapid growing movement throughout the world. Being a practitioner of the prayer for many years, I can attest to its life changing power. The method is simple; the effects profound. It is a gift to all of us that Frank Jelenek has shared his talent of explaining the practice at a child's level.
Dangerous for Children Dec 3, 2007
This book of contemplative prayer for children is not Christian contemplative prayer. Centering prayer was not recommended by Pope John Paul II; additionally, Pope Benedict XVI and the Cathechism of the Catholic Church do not recommend this form of prayer. It has borrowed much from Hinduism, is New Age, and is a form of self hypnosis. I would not recommend this book to anyone, but it would be especially dangerous for vulnerable children.