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    Dom David Foster(Author)

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David Foster is a Benedictine Monk of Downside Abbey and chaplain to Downside School. He has always been concerned to bring the riches of the monastic tradition to lay people as they struggle to live the Christian life in the modern world. Lectio Divina or the art of spiritual reading is an art which is all but lost outside monastic communities. But following St Benedict's opening command in his Rule to 'listen', attending to the word of God through the printed text is an art which needs to be rediscovered in a world in which we are surrounded by a cacophony of sound and noise. David Foster has written a masterly guide to this art.

David Foster's book is a welcome aid in praying with scripture. Foster's book on Lectio Divina or 'godly reading' offers the reader a way of coming to terms with reading and praying the Bible. It is a handbook that offers a practical guide for grounding one's life on the Bible....Foster's gradual introduction to reading scriptuer is ideal for the beginner. The book should prove useful to seminarians and students of theology. Their inital encounter with scripture in the breviary and in study can be quite overwhelming. This book ought to allow one to appreciate and to be pastorally challenged by the Word of God. Finally, pastors may find this book useful as a basic text for instructing people on reading scripture.' The Furrow, Martin Whelan, October 2006,Mentioned title in The Tablet, 2008.,'intelligent, well-written spirituality in the Catholic tradition...It is a work that will help Christians of all traditions to use scripture to deepen their relationship with God',Quotes from author about title, in The Tablet, 18 Feb 2006 --The Furrow, Martin Whelan, October 2006

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  • PDF | 176 pages
  • Dom David Foster(Author)
  • Continuum (22 Dec. 2005)
  • English
  • 9
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By M. Howard on 10 December 2006

    I never thought that monastaries held anything relevant for the modern spiritual life, yet David Foster proved me wrong.In an engaging written style that does not assume you are an oxford university professor, Foster brings to the reader a precious spiritual discipline that has helped me draw closer to God.He explains, in essence, that reading the Bible should not be the same process as reading any other book. The Bible is God's letter to us, and can therefore bring deep change in our hearts and lives. Lectio Divina is an ancient practice still used in monastries today. Basically, it is 'reading with God'; you let God talk to you through scripture, and then you talk back.It isn't some strange, mystical practice that we should be weary of. In fact, its something that you begin to hope will be used more widely in the church. It can be done by anyone in any place. All you need is a bible.This book is a solid introduction to lection divina and is really all you need in order to learn how to do it.

  • By Guest on 24 June 2017

    The title of this book really does not do it justice. If you want a practical guide as to how to live out Christianity, this could be it. Compelling reading - maybe life-changing.

  • By Raficq Abdulla on 26 August 2017

    A book of wisdom, it teaches you to read a text with inner attentiveness. You don't have to be a believer to learn from it.

  • By Guest on 30 June 2017

    Very good

  • By Andy Bugden on 25 December 2010

    The Bible is inspired by God and so is Dom David's Book. He shows us how the Bible can be read simply and how to find and respond to God. Every page is a delight and although I like to read books quickly, I found that I was unable to do this because I was challenged on every page. I have also put some of it to use with my teenage RE charges. So often we say the Our Father without fully reflecting on it's meaning and letting it settle into our hearts. Remember Claudius "my words fly up my thoughts remain below; words without thoughts never to heaven go".This is truly an important book. I have just purchased a few of them for our church here. My wife has had to endure the fact that I have been unable to put it down.

  • By M. G. Down on 3 September 2011

    An excellent book well worth reading, even if you are not in the catholic tradition. If you want to know God's guidance, intent and heart towards you, then this type of meditation / contemplation is an excellent way to start. If you are a beginner or experienced look no further, this book is straight forward, it is easy to follow and practice. Obviously, the more time, practice and experience, the greater the benefit and fruitfullness. I have tried other types of meditation, in the evangelical tradition, and this is by far the best, only wish I had found it sooner. A WORD OF WARNING: If you insist in drawing closer to God, it will change you!:)


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