By: John Main
"John Main is deeply traditional and his Christian faith very personal . . . . Yet he juxtaposes unexpected elements alongside this declaration of faith: an emphasis on experience, a demanding call to see mediation as a spiritual discipline, and asceticism for the twenty-first century." --Lawrence Freeman
"A demanding yet realistic call to see meditation as a spiritual discipline." -Church Times
A modern spiritual master offers a simple guide to the ancient practice of Christian meditation.
Fully Alive is a previously unpublished book by John Main, a Benedictine monk who was one of the twentieth century's most influential spiritual teachers. Main, who died in 1982, helped popularize the practice of contemplative prayer--a tradition that had been lost since the era of Desert Fathers. During his lifetime, hundreds of groups gathered at his monastery ot learn mediation from him.
Fully Alive is drawn from these talks, delivered to help people enter the experience of silence. John Main's teaching is striking for the depth and richness of its simplicity. The lessons gathered here offer a practical prayer companion for every stage of the contemplative pilgrimage.
Editor Laurence Freeman, OSB, is the founder and spiritual guide of the World Community for Christian Meditation. He has edited many of Main's works, including John Main: Essential Writings (Orbis 2002).