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Publication Date: 19 Jan 2012
Publisher: SPCK
Page Count: 224
Author: Christine Valters Paintner
ISBN-13: 9780281067114, 9780281067121

Lectio Divina - The Sacred Art

Transforming Words & Images Into Heart-Centered Prayer
By Christine Valters Paintner
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Lectio divina, which means sacred reading, is an ancient contemplative practice of listening deeply to the voice of God in sacred texts. In recent years there has been a reclaiming of the riches of contemplative prayer forms of Western traditions. Through the practice of lectio divina you become present to each moment in a heart-centred way. Gradually, the practice of lectio expands your capacity to sense God's presence until all of life becomes a cascade of prayer. Drawing on her own experience as a monk in the world, Christine Valters Paintner breaks open the movements of this spiritual practice. She makes them accessible to the contemporary reader who longs for a more pervasive experience of the holy in the everyday but lives far away from the sanctuary of a monastery.
About the Author
Christine Valters Painter, PhD, is a writer, teacher and the online abbess of, a virtual monastery dedicated to nurturing contemplative practice and creative expression. She frequently leads retreats and teaches on the wisdom of Benedictine, Celtic and desert ways of praying.

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