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Overview A completely new translation, this is perhaps the best and most comprehensive book on prayer ever written. From the persons of the Trinity through the Incarnation to the Church and the very structure of the human person, this book is a powerful synthesis of what prayer is and how to pray. The testament of a great theologian on something which is most personal and interior, contemplative prayer.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.29" Width: 4.88" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1986
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 0898700744 ISBN13 9780898700749 UPC 008987007449
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More About Hans Urs Von Balthasar
Hans Urs von Balthasar was the author of innumerable theological works including The Glory of the Lord (T&T Clark). He was also the spiritual leader of a religious community in Basel, Switzerland. Robert J. Daly, S.J., Emeritus Professor of Theology at Boston College, is the author of Christian Sacrifice" and The Origins of the Christian Doctrine of Sacrifice. "His recent articles, mostly in Theological Studies," have focused on Eucharist, sacrifice, and atonement.
Hans Urs Von Balthasar was born in 1905 and died in 1988.
Of all the books that I own by Hans Urs Von Balthasar this is my favorite. I have read it once and I still think I need to read it again to totally grasp the spiritual richness contained in it. Can't wait to read it again on my next vacation.
I didn't get it Feb 11, 2007
Von Balthasar is a noted theologian and referenced in a number of books I've studied. I bought Prayer based on attribution for some interesting thoughts.
Prayer started off well enough, then maybe 30-40 pages in Von Balthasar discusses the use of Mary as a proper prayer intercessor. Another 20 pages, another argument for using Saints as prayer intercessors. In my study of the Gospels, they are silent on Mary or Saints having an intercesory role.
I did not receive the message von Balthasar is delivering.
A richly textured treatment of prayer Oct 9, 2003
For American Christians lazily accustomed to psychospiritual pap, this book might seem overwrought and inaccessible. But don't get the wrong idea: this is not a book for arm-chair intellectuals either. Rather in this book we witness how a "kneeling theologian" savors the theological bouquet that is released in the vital practice of prayer. Doctrinally meticulous the way a lover is attentive to his beloved's every move, von Balthasar masterfully grounds Christian spirituality in Scripture and Patristic witness. Some familiarity with the Catholic tradition would help, but this book will be deeply edifying for anyone who believes that in Christ, heart and mind must interpenetrate each other--a compelling corrective to modern faith's flaky preoccupation with spirituality full of feelings and me-centeredness but void of Christological substance.
Way over my head! Sep 15, 2002
I was very much looking forward to Prayer by Hans Urs von Balthasar. While I grew up in the Christian tradition, my particular flavor did not practice contemplative prayer. So, I was looking to expand my horizons. This book came to me highly recommended. However, I must tell the readers of this review that this in no introductory text on prayer. It is nowhere near easy reading.
The book is well written, that is certain. It is as much a systematic theology as it is a book on prayer. I graduated from seminary with a Master of Divinity and still found this book to be dense reading. Balthasar is no foreigner to philosophy and uses the language of philosophy generously. In fact, I found him hard to follow at times.
I am glad that I read this book. I value any insight I can gain to grow in my own prayer pilgrimage. But, be forewarned, this is no easy read on prayer. I hope to find a better introduction to contemplative prayer.
Like drinking cool, spring water on a hot day. Apr 8, 2001
This book is refreshing. Deep down refreshing. Balthasar is one of those rare theologians that could write beautifully. Every sentence is like a rare jewel. I read this book slowly and savored every single thought.