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Lectio Divina & Visio Divina, Nature, Monastic wisdom, Silence, Centering Prayer

Spiritual Exercises, Accompaniment & Direction, Discernment 




THE ARTIST’S RULE
Nurturing your creative soul with monastic wisdom
Christine Valters Paintner

This twelve week course draws on the insights and practices of Benedictine spirituality to explore the interplay between contemplation and creativity. Discover and develop your creative gifts in a spirit of prayer and reflection.
2011 pb 170pp R275.00




THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING
Edited by Bernard Bangley

Written by an anonymous fourteenth-century author, this little book was originally for cloistered monks. It has influenced many great mystics, including St John of the Cross, and supports the contemporary movement of Centering Prayer, inviting readers to its most basic and accessible form.
2006/2016 pb 128pp R58.00




CONVERSATION WITH SAINT BENEDICT
The Rule in today’s world
Terrence Kardong

A Benedictine scholar brings the Rule into dialogue with aspects of contemporary culture, attitudes and issues. Topics included are: laughter and tears, security, work, cell phones, zeal, table reading and meals, monastic garb
2012 pb 146pp R202.00




EYES OF THE HEART
Photography as a Christian contemplative practice
Christine Valters Paintner

This book explores photography as a spiritual practice from a Christian perspective. She adapts the monastic practice of lectio divina (sacred reading) into a form of visio divina (sacred seeing). 
A spiritual director and Benedictine oblate, she guides readers through a new way of spiritual observation - through the lens of a camera - and in receiving images, not simple taking them. She considers how a camera can help readers open “the eyes of the heart”.
2013 pb 143pp R279.00




LOVE AWAKENED BY LOVE
The liberating ascent of St John of the Cross
Mark O’Keefe, OSB

An insightful companion to The Ascent of Mount Carmel, guiding readers to appreciate the key role of virtuous living (the theological virtues of faith, hope and love) in striving for authentic human freedom and ultimately, at the journey’s summit, finding the God who is Love. The author is a moral theologian and a Benedictine monk.
2014 pb 179pp R215.00




OPEN MIND, OPEN HEART
Thomas Keating, OCSO

A handbook for those practicing Centering Prayer, this edition includes a new preface, a reordering of several chapters, an expanded glossary, and some changes in terminology. 
Fr Keating offers a way for modern people to be drawn into interior silence. Topics include: first steps, the sacred word as symbol, the wanderings of the imagination, what centering prayer is not, an overview of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition, guidelines for growth and transformation, the weekly support group and contemplative outreach
1986/2006 new edition 190pp R310.00





ROOTED IN LOVE
Integrating Ignatian spirituality into daily life
Margaret Blackie

A blend of the principles of Ignatian spirituality and life experience, in a short and reader-friendly book.
2013 pb 188pp R150.00





THE RULE OF ST BENEDICT IN ENGLISH: 
RB1980
Editor: Timothy Fry, OSB
1981 booklet 96pp R42.00




SAINT BENEDICT FOR BOOMERS
Wisdom for the next stage of life
Christine Fletcher

The book is based on the idea that no one can retire from being a Christian; we are to love God and our neighbor throughout our life. And it recognizes that aging presents us with change, loss, and death, as well as new growth and opportunities for deep gladness and peace. 
2017 pb 136pp R272.00




THE SOUL OF A PILGRIM
Eight practices for the journey within
Christine Valters Paintner

This book was named one of the best books of 2015 by “Spirituality and Practice”!
Readers are invited to a new kind of pilgrimage: an inner journey to discover the heart of God.  Scripture stories of great biblical journeys and Paintner’s unique and creative practices of prayer, writing and photography accompany the pilgrim through the eight stages of the journey. 
2015 pb 200pp R100.00




ST TERESA OF AVILA
100 themes on her life and work
Tomas Alvarez, OCD

Translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD
As the first woman to be given the title of doctor of the church, St Teresa continues to exercise her teaching authority in the world today both within and outside the boundaries of the church. Some of the themes presented include: Avila and its surroundings, the social classes of her time, environment and cultural levels, contemporary women, her family, her home, religion, clergy, the basic essentials of the Interior Castle and Jesus and his sacred humanity.
2011 pb 452pp R290.00




TRANSFORMED BY GOD’S WORD
Discovering the power of Lectio and Visio Divina
Stephen J Binz
Icons: Ruta and Kaspars Poikans

The book combines the ancient Western practice of lectio divina (sacred reading) with the lesser-known Eastern Orthodox tradition of visio divina (sacred seeing). 
Binz offers twenty gospel readings - starting with the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity through the Wedding at Cana, Transfiguration, Last Supper and ending with Pentecost - paired with beautiful contemporary icons. He also walks us through six steps - reading, seeing, meditating, praying, contemplating, and acting with simple suggestions for self-reflection that can lead to practical changes in everyday life
2016 pb colour illus 210pp R298.00




UNDERSTANDING THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES
Text and commentary - a handbook for retreat directors
Michael Ivens, SJ

Ivens draws both on the wealth of published material and on the wisdom of his own long experience to produce a new commentary that attempts to unravel the inner workings of the Spiritual Exercises.
1998/2008 pb 272pp R460.00




WATER, WIND, EARTH & FIRE
The Christian practice of praying with the elements
Christine Valters Paintner

Organized around The Canticle of the Creatures by St Francis of Assisi, this book explores the ways in which praying with the natural elements can enliven Christian spiritual life. 
“Not only is Paintner’s writing as beautiful as the symbolism she describes, but her wide knowledge of scripture, patristic writing, the mystical life of the saints, and contemporary spiritual poetry makes the reading of this book an inspiring and rejuvenating adventure.”
- Paula Huston
2010 pb 150pp R246.00




THE WAY OF DISCERNMENT
A small-group experience in spiritual formation
Stephen Doughty & Marjorie Thompson

Drawing on both classic (Augustine, Ignatius) and contemporary authors (Bonhoeffer, Rose Mary Dougherty), this series is a 10 week study-journey into a spiritual practice of discernment for individuals and community
Participant’s book: 2008 pb 125pp R110.00; Leader’s guide: 2008 pb 144pp R130.00




WELCOME TO THE SECULAR ORDER OF DISCALCED CARMELITES
Aloysius Deeney, OCD

A “must read” for all members of the Secular Order and anyone interested in learning more about it. Fr Deeney not only explores Carmelite spirituality but also addresses the practical aspects of the Secular Order vocation.
2009 pb 116pp R198.00




WHERE ONLY LOVE CAN GO
The Cloud of Unknowing
30 days series edited by John Kirvan

The Cloud of unknowing is an introduction to the tradition of contemplative prayer. For thirty days there is a brief and accessible morning meditation, drawn from this unknown author of the Cloud of Unknowing, a simple mantra for use throughout the day, and a night prayer to focus one’s thoughts as the day ends.
1996/2009 pb 106pp R160.00