The Beginner's Guide to Contemplative Prayer

How to Pray in the Christian Mystical Tradition
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Discover Christianity's unique tradition for experiencing God directly through meditation.
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Discover Christianity's own unique tradition for experiencing God directly through meditation with The Beginner's Guide to Contemplative Prayer. Author James Finley, who as a young monk lived and prayed with Thomas Merton for six years at the Abbey of Gethsemani, shares the fruit of this authentic approach to prayer and its role at the center of Christian life.

Beginning with a look at its meaning and origins, including the Christian mystics who first explored it, and concluding with step-by-step instructions for getting started with a contemplative practice of your own, here is the perfect introduction to the fundamental meditations and teachings of this cherished tradition.


  • Contemplative prayer—what it is and how to practice it
  • How contemplative experience relates to Christian faith
  • Awakening to the mystery of oneness
  • Intuition and prayer
  • Step-by-step guided prayers, and much more

Note: Excerpted from the full-length audio course Christian Meditation.

Format Details
Contents Digital Audio (1 hour, 15 minutes)
Product Code AW00659W
ISBN Number 978-1-59179-995-5
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James Finley

About James Finley

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.