Item description for The Other Side of Silence: Meditation for the Twenty-First Century (Revised) by Morton Kelsey...
Overview Each chapter has been revised, with notes and bibliography updated, in this classic work that joins Christian meditation with Jungian psychology.
Publishers Description "Many times I had to lay it aside my desire to share int he author's experience of meditation became intense in the reading". -- James McFeely, Parabola
"Kelsey offers a down-to-earth manual demonstrating the possibility of encounter with God". -- Christian Century
Twenty years ago, The Other Side of Silence was published, the first book to join Christian meditation with Jungian psychology. Selling a phenomenal 130,000 copies, this formative book rescued a whole generation that "could not meditate" and showed it how to pray. While other volumes have gone on to cover the same territory, Kelsey's book remains undisputedly the most important. This revised edition incorporates the remarkable insights of Kelsey' additional twenty years of wisdom, twenty years of practicing meditation, and the wealth of knowledge behind the dozens of books he's written since then. It is a tribute to his entire career.
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Studio: Paulist Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.96" Width: 5.93" Height: 1.13" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1997
Publisher Paulist Press
ISBN 0809137003 ISBN13 9780809137008
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More About Morton Kelsey
Morton Kelsey currently resides in Coronado, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Other Side of Silence: Meditation for the Twenty-First Century (Revised)?
Not reccommended May 24, 2008
What Kelsey is suggesting here is a melding of Eastern meditation practices - such as those from yoga and Zen - and Jungian psychology with Christian meditation. He advocates such techniques as breath control, stilling the mind, and self-discovery. This approach is completely wrong. Christian meditation, as presented in the Bible, involves thinking about God and His Word, and focusing one's attention on Him. It has nothing to do with self.
Furthermore, as Kelsey himself points out, this type of practice can be dangerous. There is the potential for encountering radical Evil, and / or sinking into mental and emotional instability and even illness.
To learn more about prayer and hearing God, I would suggest books by such writers as Norman Grubb, Joyce Meyer, and Dutch Sheets.
How to Start on Your Spiritual Journey Feb 13, 2008
This updated book by Morton Kelsey is easy to read and well documented. It is geared to anyone who is starting to develop their spiritual journey. Rather than include only a single method of meditation, the author speaks of the various methods available. He is careful to indicate that each person has a method which is best suited to them.
It is a book which one will turn to time and again as they mature in their spiritual journey. It is an excellent book for spiritual advisers as well as for spiritual seekers.
The Difference Between Discussing The Journey And The Journey Itself Jul 21, 2006
Morton T. Kelsey's `The Other Side of Silence', originally released in a hardcover edition by Paulist Press in '76 is now available in revised, paperback format. Kelsey, theologian, psychologist, priest and educator (professor of Theology at Notre Dame Univ.) is to be congratulated for being among one of the first Western, Christian theologians to attempt to make some inroads into the field of meditation that seemed to be the private domain of Eastern spirituality at the time.
Positives: Kelsey does an adequate job of laying out a solid intellectual framework for the novice meditator in his explanation of both the physical and spiritual aspects of the human soul, the presence of both angelic and demonic forces that one may encounter when meditating and most importantly how to recognize the presence of the Divine Lover (Christ).
Negatives: `The Other Side of Silence' turns out not to live up to the claim of being `A Guide to Christian Meditation'. It falls more into the category of intellectual discussion rather than practical "how to" guide. Yes it includes some personal experiences and the re-telling of a dream here and there, but it never really initiates the process of going within.
Kelsey is a good place to start for appropriating some basic concepts on Christian meditation and gaining an initial understanding of some of the subtle differences between Western and Eastern practice. However when you're really ready to seriously begin the journey you'll have to look elsewhere for your guide.
Confusing and repetitive May 25, 2001
Our study group chose this book as a source to learn more about comtemplative meditation. I am very disappointed in the book. Kelsey repeats himself over and over again. He makes statements that have no legs to stand on - and without giving them any - it seems that he assumes everyone accepts his pronouncements as truth.
The short (of the long and the short) is that the book is poorly written and very confusing. It lacks clarity on every page.
Eastern Christianity Apr 6, 2000
This book really changed my focus in life. It satisfied the craving that I had as a Christian for a deeper understanding of my relationship with God. I think that many Christians shy away from the unknown, like meditation and yoga, and as a result, cut out an essential part of our sprituality. Kelsey explains that this is why so many people today are turning to Eastern religions. Through this book, I found a way to incorporate silence and meditation into my life, and as a result, have found a deep peace, the peace that passes all understanding.