It's been said that Centering Prayer is like two friends sitting together in silence, just being in each other's presence—completely natural and comfortable. Yet, Centering Prayer is sometimes viewed as too mysterious, too escapist, too hard. At first, it even appeared that way to the author, but events in his life and his further studies about prayer changed his views.
Through Muyskens' insightful guidance, you'll explore a method of prayer that goes deeper than verbal conversations with God. This book teaches:
- silent communion with God
- a method of being open to the gift of God's presence
- a way of receiving a deep ad intimate relationship with God
Each day's reading has a focal scripture verse and the author's reflection, ending with simple suggestions for contemplative prayer. You'll begin with as few as 5 minutes of Centering Prayer. By following the guidance in this book for 40 days, you will be led to a closer relationship with God.
As you progress through the daily scripture and meditative readings in Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God, you'll find greater understanding and fresh awareness of Jesus' promise, "I am with you always."
Rev. Dr. J. David Muyskens (1934?2017) graduated from Northwestern College (Iowa), Central College (Iowa), Western Theological Seminary (Michigan), and Princeton Theological Seminary (New Jersey) with a Doctor of Ministry. He served as pastor of three churches in New Jersey: Pottersville Reformed Church; First Reformed Church, Union City; and First Reformed Church, New Brunswick. Muyskens retired to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was a spiritual director; member of Contemplative Outreach; and practiced centering prayer, a Protestant expression of contemplative prayer. He authored two books on centering prayer: Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer and Sacred Breath: 40 Days of Centering Prayer, both published by Upper Room Books.