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Be Still and Listen: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life Paperback – Import, 12 Jun 2018
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Amos Smith has been an ordained United Church of Christ pastor for 18 years. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary and teaches Contemporary Christian Mysticism at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson. His first book, Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity's Mystic Roots is part of the curriculum at Richard Rohr's Living School of The Center for Action and Contemplation.
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Amos quotes various translations of the Bible. The translations I grew up with are balm to my soul; the modern translations brought new depth and understanding to the Scripture. He has helped me understand verses that have been a mystery to me before.
Amos Smith is a fresh new voice for Contemplative Prayer. I fully expect “Be Still and Listen” to become a Christian Classic.
It reminds me of the late great author Ray Bradbury when he said to me, “you know you really don’t have to have all the answers to begin.” He could not have been more right. We humans, especially today, are so busy demanding answers or preparing our own answers, that we forget to listen. Especially we forget listen with our heart.
Imagine having a relationship with someone who did all the talking, and at that, would only talk while they were multitasking. Now imagine that every time you were with them, you got to say nothing. Instead, they did all the talking and it was merely a string of directions or requests. What kind of relationship would that be?
The prayer life of the average person is exactly that way. Somewhere along the way we have forgotten that God is not a vending machine or simply there to fulfill every request, no matter how noble we deem it to be. This is why Amos Smith’s book Be Still and Listen is a book for the ages. He reaches back to ancient practices and helps us see it is more relevant today than ever. I, myself, have been a practitioner of centering prayer for years, yet I have gained so much deep understanding from Amos Smith.
His humble guided tour will take you by the hand, and bring you to a place where you can connect with a timeless, incomparable, and formerly nearly incomprehensible, unending love. He opens the door and invites you to experience the richness of a spiritual life beyond your imagination.
If you want to feel dipped in love, a good first step to arrive at that place, is to begin with this book.
Ditch the background noise of life. Discard arguments that hold you back. This rich love is waiting for you and you are perched on the first step.
This is a book for you.
This is a book for everyone.