Opening to God: Lectio Divina and Life as Prayer - eBook  -     By: David G. Benner Psy.D.
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IVP Books / 2010 / ePub

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: IVP Books
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9780830867998
ISBN-13: 9780830867998

Author Bio

David G. Benner (PhD, York University) is an internationally known depth psychologist, transformational coach and author whose life passion has been helping people walk the human path in a deeply spiritual way and the spiritual path in a deeply human way. Some of his books include , , and .

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"David Benner has given us another great gift with Opening to God. A tremendous book on prayer for people at all stages of their relationship with God. Practical, devotional and rich. This is a book I will go back to again and again."
". . . [A] good introduction for Christians seeking a deeper experience of connecting to God in prayer. . . . [T]here is much in Benner’s book that can be appropriated by anyone seeking to understand better how we can follow the biblical commands to 'pray without ceasing' (1 Thess. 5:17) and 'to abide with God'-- whether he or she is a beginner or an experienced pilgrim in the life of unceasing prayer."
"In Opening to God David Benner comes alongside our lives as a wise and discerning companion. His words water our desire for God, encourage us in our spiritual practice and widen our lenses through which we view the landscape of prayer. They will speak to any heart that longs for a deeper, closer and more intimate walk with God."
"One of the great blessings of my life is to have experienced scores of warm and insightful conversations with David Benner. I have walked away from almost every one with a deeper openness to the transforming love of God. And that is exactly how I was impacted while reading this wonderful book. What a gift! Life as lectio; life as prayer."
" Opening to God is an invitation to prayer--not just a book about prayer, but a guide for daily practice. Like an intimate retreat with a spiritual master, it brings centuries of wisdom close enough to speak to our lives. I've never met David Benner, but I felt like I was reading someone who'd listened to my prayers."
"David Benner's Opening to God should become a classic! It is warm, wise, gentle and challenging. For the beginner or the experienced it offers guidance in the Christian prayer practice of lectio divina, making this ancient monastic approach to prayer wonderfully accessible to the contemporary seeker. By no means is it a rigid or opaque 'how to' book, but rather an invitation to go ever deeper in the life of prayer. Reading it is like a conversation with a trusted friend."
"In Opening to God, David Benner has gifted us with a thoughtful and comprehensive guide to Christian prayer. The intimacy with which Benner writes about prayer betrays a deep and abiding knowledge of the subject, thus this book is destined to be valued by individuals and groups alike in their quest for more intimacy with God."
"This book represents a new maturity in spiritual thinking and teaching. David Benner is wise, broad and deep all at the same time. And you will be too after you finish this wonderful book."
"In Opening to God, David Benner has given us a generous, comprehensive and very pastoral guide not only to the myriad types of prayer open to us as Christians, but also to the informing attitudes and physical nuances which can enable a rich prayer life in all of us."

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    D. Benner has once again written a gem of a book on Christian prayer and spirituality. Written from the heart and personal experience, the book avoids technical jargon or excessive verbosity. In a clear and straight forward manner, Benner goes through some of the basic and enduring prayer traditions for Christians truly trying to deepen their prayer life with God. To keep it down to earth the end of each chapter includes practical suggestions to make the advice concrete. This is a book that you can read and re- read for it's insight and inspiration.
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    Cheryl Berto
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    In this book, David Benner reorients us to the purpose, benefits, and freedoms available to us in opening ourselves to God (prayer). As a child naturally gravitates toward play, so do our souls gravitate toward prayer; or would if we set ourselves free from the shoulds, and other false notions about prayer. What a blessed journey into freedom and the presence of God it was for me to read this. It's on my MUST READ, list and I have recommended it to almost a dozen people already.
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