About the Author

David Frenette

David Frenette is a leader and senior teacher in the Centering Prayer movement, as well as a friend and advisor of Father Thomas Keating for 30 years. The author of The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God, David co-created and...

The Path of Centering Prayer

Deepening Your Experience of God

David Frenette

from Sounds True

Hardcover Book: US $16.72
US $24.95 33% OFF
In stock
Digital Book: US $14.97
US $24.95 40% OFF
Available immediately


In the teachings of Jesus, there are prayers, and then there is prayer—the silent, loving communion with the divine, beyond words or ritual. With Father Thomas Keating’s book Open Mind, Open Heart, hundreds of thousands discovered the transformative power of Centering Prayer as a form of Christian meditation. Now, with The Path of Centering Prayer, Keating’s senior student, friend, and advisor David Frenette reveals the profound depths of this practice, making it easier for meditators to deepen their connection with God.

Beginning and experienced practitioners alike will benefit from this fresh voice, at once eloquent and clear, as they explore:

  • The key insights and principles of Centering Prayer
  • Guided instruction in the sacred word, sacred breath, and sacred glance practices
  • Gentleness and openness: the way of letting go and letting be
  • Experiencing a deeper sense of God in meditation and in everyday life
  • Many other contemplative practices and teachings founded upon the wisdom of Fathers Thomas Keating and Thomas Merton

Has your spiritual path grown routine or unfulfilling, or is it at a crossroads for new discovery? For all Christians who seek to move closer into the presence of the divine, The Path of Centering Prayer offers guidance in this rewarding and time-honored meditation practice, to help break through obstacles and illuminate the way.

“This book in my view is the best, most comprehensive, and most practical book on centering prayer.”
—Father Thomas Keating

“In this beautiful book, David Frenette expands the map of the known Centering Prayer universe. With the blessing of his spiritual father, Thomas Keating, David develops and gently reshapes fundamental building blocks of the Centering Prayer teaching. This is an important moment in the Centering Prayer lineage transmission, when a faithful student emerges into mastery. David’s work will breathe significant new life into your personal practice.”
—Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, author of Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening

“This excellent book represents Christianity come to maturity! Here you will find good theology, good practice, good psychology, and a recovery of the foundation itself—how to live in communion all the time.”
—Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, founding Director of the Center for Action and Contemplation

“With simplicity and great wisdom, David Frenette reconnects you to the universal tradition of how to open to God, how to pray in silence, and finally, how to let the spirit pray within your heart. If you want, or need, to be drawn deeper into prayer, read this book and live its guidance.”
—Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, PhD, Sufi teacher and author of Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism

“In his lucid guide to Centering Prayer, David Frenette navigates a path for beginners and seasoned practitioners who wish to enter ever-deepening states of loving friendship with the Divine.”
—Mirabai Starr, author of God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

“This wonderful book provides direction, encouragement, and support for a prayer practice with ancient roots. Drawing on his considerable experience as a spiritual director, David Frenette skillfully shares stories and offers wisdom that illuminates the heart of the practice and will lead practitioners through the subtle challenges that inevitably arise in the process of living into ever-deepening levels of prayer. This is a book not only to be read, but to be consulted regularly for insight and help along the way.”
—The Right Reverend Robert O’Neill, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado

The Path of Centering Prayer is a beam of light in what can sometimes be a dark and unknown journey with God. It is written from the heart of David’s relationship with God and his discoveries along his contemplative journey in solitude, in community, and in spiritual direction. From this place of wisdom, David enlightens readers with encouragement and enrichment, which will nourish them in their own commitment to the centering prayer practice and the contemplative life.”
—Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler, President of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.

Product details

Hardcover Book:
Contents Hardcover book (233 pages)
Date Published September 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-673-9
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-673-8
Product Codes 2391, k2391, bk02391
Digital Book:
Contents eBook (233 pages)
Date Published September 01, 2012
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-894-7
Product Codes 2391w, k2391w, bk02391w

Customer Reviews

By Ann R
Date Added: Saturday 1 March 2014
David Frenette's book is highly insightful and gently lead me through Centering Prayer Contemplation and Unity.

Thank you.
By Cindy M
Date Added: Monday 26 November 2012
David captures the essence of the experience "in God" in words that are difficult to capture with such a highly experiential message. I recently had the pleasure of attending his Sacred Heart workshop in Rancho Bernardo, CA. In person, he is a gentle, soft spoken man with a message of humor, compassion and inner peace. His book is filled with inner wisdom and should be on every "contemplatives" shelf.
By joan m
Date Added: Monday 8 October 2012
Excellent book for the both the new-comer and informed practitioner of Centering Prayer. David has done a thorough overview of the topic and giver many examples of how to develop a deeper relationship with the Devine.
By Mary C
Date Added: Wednesday 7 November 2012
The practice tips in this book are so plentiful and helpful that my practice has been renewed and I believe that I am making progress again after living through a long plateau.

Weekly Podcast

Free audio
interviews with spiritual teachers listen online

Sounds True
Tami Simon

Find new artists & authors

Music, interviews, new releases, and more

Share some Good Karma

Earn free gifts by sharing good karma with others