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By: David Steindl-Rast
“Hugely inspiring and helpful.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn
“With mystic vision and poetic clarity, Brother David opens us to the eternal vision behind the creed.” —Jack Kornfield
“I love Brother Steindl-Rast, and all of his work. He is right up there for me with C. S. Lewis, Denise Levertov, and the great Frederick Buechner.” —Anne Lamott
“David Steindl-Rast is one of our Living Spiritual Teachers. In fact, he is probably the elder of this venerable group among those still actively teaching.” —SpiritualityandPractice.com
"I know that this reader will be returning to these pages again and again, always with gratitude for this gift of a lifetime’s worth of wisdom from a learned, humane, and faith-filled teacher."— Anna-Camille Wooden, OSB Lacey, Benedictines, Vol 76, Number 2
The magnum opus of our most important living Catholic author—a pioneer in the Christian contemplative life and spiritual writing. Unlike any book he’s written before, Brother David Steindl-Rast offers spiritual direction from a unique perspective in history. At 96 years old, he has counted Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Thomas Merton, H. H. the Dalai Lama, and Thomas Keating as friends and teachers. He has learned much, and offers it here.
David Steindl-Rast was born in Austria in 1926 and came to the U.S. after receiving his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Vienna. As a Benedictine monk, he is known for pioneering dialogue between Christianity and Buddhism, teaching about gratefulness, and revitalizing contemplative prayer. For six decades, he has divided his time between a hermit’s life and lecture and retreat tours on five continents. He’s the author of many books including the classics of spirituality, Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer and A Listening Heart and co-founder of A Network for Grateful Living, www.gratefulness.org.