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The Contemplative Heart [Paperback]

By James Finley (Author)
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With profound, practical insights, Finley, the author of "Merton's Palace of Nowhere, " offers readers a guide for a contemplative life.

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James Finley recognizes the depth and range of today's spiritual yearning and refuses to settle for anything but its most profound possibilities. He opens our everyday living to the contemplative traditions, practices, and teaching that have been traditionally the preserve of the monk, and he does so without diluting them. The Contemplative Heart, enables readers to realize that wherever we live, whatever we do, the richest possibilities of a contemplative life are within our reach-that they are in fact what we have been searching for all along.

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Studio: Sorin Books
Pages   223
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   Sorin Books
Age  1-17
ISBN  189373210X  
ISBN13  9781893732100  


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James Finley left home at the age of 18 for the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky, where Thomas Merton lived as a contemplative. He later earned degrees from the University of Akron, Saint John College, and the Fuller Theological Seminary. Today James Finley is a husband, father, writer, and psychotherapist in private practice. His books include "Merton's Palace of Nowhere" and "The Contemplative Heart."

James Finley currently resides in Marina del Rey, in the state of California.

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A book that passes a particular space  Nov 23, 2006
If you're just reading for the words themselves, you probably won't get it. In that regard, James Finley reminds me of Eckhardt Tolle, another person who does much to pass the experience of meditation/stillness through his very writing rather than going into detailed intellectual theorizing about the psychology of the experience, which (imo, admittedly) usually amounts to just so much mental blah, blah, blah a good percentage of the time...

In that regard it's more about showing people the door than talking about where the door is, what color it is and what kinds of materials the door is made of...:)
 
Not Really Contemplative  Sep 8, 2005
The book is difficult to read, at best, and although I did find some helpful ideas, it is not a book on Contemplation, much less on the contemplative heart. It is more a treatess on psychology of the contemplative. Most of the book deals with meditation not comtemplation. The author made no attempt to really deal with the difference between meditation and contemplation. If you are interested in anyalyzing the contemplative from a clinical psycologist viewpoint then this might very well be the book to help you. But if you are trying to understand your own heart and move further towards God, this is probably not going to help. Plus his use of words and thoughts are very cumbersome. I have thrown my book in the trash.
 
an admirer of good writing & thinking  Sep 27, 2001
This book is so well written that the act of reading is in itself
contemplative. It is not so much difficult to read, but rather each sentence resonates with a depth that requires stillness & presence of mind. So one stops and revels in the moment that each line strips bare. It may take a life time to absorb. In the meantime it may wake you up to all that surrounds you and is within you. What more could one ask of a book?
 
A journey into grace.  Jul 6, 2000
The Contemplative Heart, from the first page on, is a book that really had an impact on me. Jim Finley communicates gently and without arrogance, speaking to the heart through his own observations, experiences and journey. His writes about how we can know God and experience God through anything and everything...that all of life is speaking to us...that we can experience a deep sense of grace and peace even through the mundane, through pain, through silence, through all of the things that we encounter in our daily lives. I especially was touched by his emphasis on "the divinity of what just is." I've been raised all my life with the concept of grace, but this book expressed grace in a way i never have heard before. It has helped renew my belief that God's heart is full of grace, that all of life is speaking about this grace.
 
A journey into grace.  Jul 5, 2000
The Contemplative Heart, from the first page on, is a book that really had an impact on me. Jim Finley communicates gently and without arrogance, speaking to the heart through his own observations, experiences and journey. His writes about how we can know God and experience God through anything and everything...that all of life is speaking to us...that we can experience a deep sense of grace and peace even through the mundane, through pain, through silence, through all of the things that we encounter in our daily lives. I especially was touched by his emphasis on "the divinity of what just is." I've been raised all my life with the concept of grace, but this book expressed grace in a way i never have heard before. It has helped renew my belief that God's heart is full of grace, that all of life is speaking about this grace.
 

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