When life takes an unexpected turn that leaves you reeling, sometimes you have to remind yourself to just breathe. But God is closer than the air you breathe. Grounded in scripture and Christian tradition, Sacred Breath walks you through the practice of Centering Prayer and helps you breathe in deeply the presence of God.
Learn how to present yourself to God in silence twice a day without any agenda. Forty days of practical, encouraging meditations will help you get started in the rich experience of living in the awareness of God's love. The first 10 readings focus on receiving God's love, the second 10 on obstacles to our relationship with God, and the last 20 on the rhythm of receiving and giving in our walk with God. Sacred Breath includes scriptures, breathing exercises, and an outline for group meetings.
For an introduction to Centering Prayer, try Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God, also by J. David Muyskens.
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.