BE STILL AND LISTEN: EXPERIENCE THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE
HEALING THE DIVIDE: RECOVERING CHRISTIANITY’S MYSTIC ROOTS
RCMR FUTURE BOOKS
BE STILL AND LISTEN: EXPERIENCE THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE OVERVIEW
Be Still and Listen explores a contemplative approach to life as the only way of cutting through the superficiality we experience around us. Author Amos Smith reveals the contemplative dimensions of the Bible: teachings of Jesus, the wisdom of prophets, and deep understandings of the Psalms to help us find meaning in our lives.
Part One, “Entering the Desert,” introduces principles of awareness, deep listening, and contemplation as essential for hearing what Scripture has to say. Part Two details the importance of mystery and struggle in the process of healing from past or present wounds. Part Three explores the “undivided heart” that’s possible when we come to know God in silence and stillness.
“A refreshing companion to your spiritual journey, helping
you deepen your capacity for presence of being . . .”
—Phileena Heuertz, author of Pilgrimage of a Soul:
Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life
Be Still and Listen is a must read if you find yourself:
- Frustrated by the fundamentalist and new age polarization of scripture
- Searching for the mystics’ illumination of scripture
- Fascinated by Contemplative Christianity
BE STILL AND LISTEN REVIEWS FROM BOOK’S OPENING PAGES
Amos Smith’s unique voice is rooted in his long-term centering prayer practice and his international background. His latest book, Be Still and Listen, is a trumpet call to the inner treasures of contemporary Christian mysticism.
-Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward
In a lively, accessible, and masterful style Amos Smith’s latest book, Be Still and Listen, unveils the mystical foundations of Christianity and the spiritual wealth found in scripture.
-Kyriacos Markides, author of The Mountain of Silence
Be Still and Listen promises to be a refreshing companion to your spiritual journey, helping you deepen your capacity for presence of being, assisting you to live in the here and now, and guiding you along the mystical path with Christ.
–Phileena Heuertz, author of Pilgrimage of a Soul
Amos Smith’s mystical writing builds bridges between Eastern and Western Christianity.
-Abba Yohannes, Ethiopian Orthodox Monk
“Be Still and Listen has made me think deeply about my own spiritual life and practice. I am confident that this important book will have a similar impact on you.
-Dale Hanson Bourke, author of Embracing Your Second Calling
Amos Smith reminds us that the path of centering prayer and Christian Mysticism is not a race. It’s a marathon. As many scriptures attest, our relationship with God requires patient waiting in stillness and silence, day after day, month after month, year after year. The marvel is that in time God will transform us!
-Rich Lewis, author and centering prayer workshop leader
“Our hearts hunger, our souls thirst, for the freedom and spiritual life that existed in the Garden—of walking close to God in the cool of the evening and being whole. Amos Smith shows us how we can recover a portion of that in our interior lives now
-J. Brent Bell, Quaker author of Holy Silence
HEALING THE DIVIDE:
RECOVERING CHRISTIANITY’S MYSTIC ROOTS OVERVIEW
Twenty-first century Christianity is in crisis, careening towards fundamentalism on the one hand and a rootless new age Christianity on the other. Fundamentalists and Evangelicals on the right claim that Jesus is God, ignoring his humanity, while Liberal churches on the left are comfortable with that humanity only, ignoring Christian Mysticism’s core theology of God in human form that makes Christianity unique among the world religions.
These polarizing fundamentalist and new age extremes—one hopelessly narrow, the other unrecognizably Christian—have left hundreds of thousands of Christians without a spiritual home. Amos Smith’s book, Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots, offers a viable alternative to the extremes, pointing the way to the Jesus Paradox, which uses Christianity’s history to point the way toward a better future.
It is the first book to make The Jesus Paradox as understood by the Desert Fathers and Mothers accessible to general readers in the West, and will appeal to Progressive Christians who liked Marcus Borg’s Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time and open-minded Evangelicals who liked Phillip Yancey’s The Jesus I Never Knew.
Healing The Divide is a must read if you find yourself:
- Frustrated by the fundamentalist and new age polarization of Twenty-first Century Christianity
- Bewildered by religious pluralism
- Searching for Christianity’s elusive mystic core
HEALING THE DIVIDE REVIEWS FROM BOOK JACKET
In Healing The Divide, Amos Smith’s fresh perspective preserves the integrity of the Christian mystical epicenter from contamination from both The Christian hard right and the sometimes rudderless new age.
-Cynthia Bourgeault, author of The Wisdom Jesus
This is a foundational work written in a style that will be respected by scholars–yet easily accessible to ordinary Christians and would be seekers. The Jesus Paradox revealed in Healing The Divide is needed for the foundational reform and reformulation of the Christian message.
–Richard Rohr, author of Immortal Diamond
Read Healing The Divide, and eat the mystery. It’s a check-up call to your identity and mission.
-Leonard Sweet, author of I Am a Follower
This is the most balanced treatment of Jesus I have ever seen. Maybe this book can alleviate the polarizing madness afflicting Western Christianity today.
-Ken Barnes, UCC Pastor
Amos Smith writes about the incarnation with great enthusiasm. His work is commendable!
-William Meninger, Benedictine Monk and author of Julian of Norwich
This is the clearest and most accessible treatment of Oriental Orthodox Christology I have seen by a Western author.
-Abba Yohannes, Ethiopian Orthodox Monk
This book is written by a Contemplative Mainline Protestant, forwarded by an Evangelical, with an afterword by a Progressive Catholic. And it’s about Oriental Orthodox Mysticism! That’s a new breed of ecumenism!
-Sandra Casey-Martus, Episcopal Priest
RCMR FUTURE BOOKS
AMOS’ NEXT BOOK ENTITLED BE STILL AND LISTEN: EXPERIENCE THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE, will publish on June 12th, 2018. You can pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or ChristianBook.com.
STAY TUNED FOR A BOOK CO-AUTHORED BY RICH LEWIS AND AMOS ENTITLED CENTERING PRAYER JOURNEY: DISCOVERING AND MIRRORING THE DYNAMIC UNION OF THE HISTORIC JESUS AND THE DIVINE CHRIST, SCHEDULED TO COME OUT IN 2019!