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Flee, Be Silent, Pray

Ancient Prayers for Anxious Christians
Flee, Be Silent, Pray

By author: Ed Cyzewski   Foreword by: John M. Sweeney
Product Code: 80426
ISBN: 9781513804262
Pages: 212
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
Size: 8.00 x 5.25 inches

Publication Date: 1/17/2019

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What if prayer could be simple rather than strenuous?

Anxious, results-driven Christians can never pray enough, serve enough, or study enough. But what if God is calling us not to frenzied activity but to a simple spiritual encounter? What if we must merely receive what God has already given us?

In Flee, Be Silent, Pray, writer and contemplative retreat leader Ed Cyzewski guides readers out of the anxiety factory of contemporary Christianity and toward a God whose love astounds those quiet long enough to receive it. With helpful guidance into solitude, contemplative prayer, and practices such as lectio divina and the Examen, Cyzewski guides readers toward the Christ whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.

Ready to shed the fear of the false self and the exhaustion of a duty-driven faith? Flee. Be silent. Pray.

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  • Foreword
  • Author’s Preface
  • 1 Say Goodbye: Exiting the Anxiety Factory
  • 2 Start from Love: Learning What Jesus Knew
  • 3 Pray with Scripture: Moving from Defensive to Devotional Reading
  • 4 Cheat at Prayer: Recovering the Ancient Prayers of the Church
  • 5 Be Mindful: Practicing the Examen
  • 6 Exile Yourself: Making Peace with Solitude
  • 7 Be Quiet: Minimizing Distractions
  • 8 Repeat the Silence: Learning Centering Prayer
  • 9 Accept Mystery: Naming the Dark Night of the Soul
  • 10 Surrender to God: Finding Our Future
  • Resources
  • Recommended Reading
  • Notes
  • The Author

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Review by: Tara Owens - October 4, 2018
“This book will challenge and change you. It will require things of you that you may not think you are capable of, but in the end you will discover that, instead of having read a typical how-to book, you have encountered a written icon: a window into God, allowing for deeper intimacy and understanding.”
Review by: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove - October 4, 2018
“Ed Cyzewski is reaching back into the history of Christian practice to recover a contemplative tradition. If you're looking for a still point in our turning world—the silence at the heart of faithful action—you should read this book.”

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