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The Contemplative Writer: Loving God through Christian Spirituality, Meditation, Daily Prayer, and Writing

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Writing thrives when our minds are at rest, our attention focused, and our souls receive care. The Contemplative Writer helps Christians writers tap into their rich contemplative prayer tradition that includes meditation on scripture, spirituality practices, centering prayer, and fixed hour prayer (such as morning prayer and evening prayer). These practices offer a deeper Writing thrives when our minds are at rest, our attention focused, and our souls receive care. The Contemplative Writer helps Christians writers tap into their rich contemplative prayer tradition that includes meditation on scripture, spirituality practices, centering prayer, and fixed hour prayer (such as morning prayer and evening prayer). These practices offer a deeper connection with God’s love and a peaceful foundation for their creative callings. Those who minister through writing will thrive with the guidance provided by Christian spirituality and reflective Bible reading. The Contemplative Writer offers 10 simple practices every writer of faith can learn for daily prayer that cover the basics of Christian spirituality, such as how to pray, how to pray more often, and how to find peace with God. Chapters include topics such as: - Praying the Hours - Centering Prayer - Imaginative Bible Study - Finding God in Silence - Self-Reflection with the Examen This book builds on Ed Cyzewski’s previous books Pray, Write, Grow: Cultivating Prayer and Writing Together and Write without Crushing Your Soul by providing direction and application for contemplative prayer that any follower of Jesus can put into practice.


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Writing thrives when our minds are at rest, our attention focused, and our souls receive care. The Contemplative Writer helps Christians writers tap into their rich contemplative prayer tradition that includes meditation on scripture, spirituality practices, centering prayer, and fixed hour prayer (such as morning prayer and evening prayer). These practices offer a deeper Writing thrives when our minds are at rest, our attention focused, and our souls receive care. The Contemplative Writer helps Christians writers tap into their rich contemplative prayer tradition that includes meditation on scripture, spirituality practices, centering prayer, and fixed hour prayer (such as morning prayer and evening prayer). These practices offer a deeper connection with God’s love and a peaceful foundation for their creative callings. Those who minister through writing will thrive with the guidance provided by Christian spirituality and reflective Bible reading. The Contemplative Writer offers 10 simple practices every writer of faith can learn for daily prayer that cover the basics of Christian spirituality, such as how to pray, how to pray more often, and how to find peace with God. Chapters include topics such as: - Praying the Hours - Centering Prayer - Imaginative Bible Study - Finding God in Silence - Self-Reflection with the Examen This book builds on Ed Cyzewski’s previous books Pray, Write, Grow: Cultivating Prayer and Writing Together and Write without Crushing Your Soul by providing direction and application for contemplative prayer that any follower of Jesus can put into practice.

30 review for The Contemplative Writer: Loving God through Christian Spirituality, Meditation, Daily Prayer, and Writing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joy O’Toole

    As a writer and Christian, I found this book encouraging and filled with helpful practices to aid in prayer and contemplation, which will help my daily living as well as my writing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Hall

    Short and inspiringly sweet. Refreshing read with helpful practical tips. I forgot the title as I started reading thinking it was more about contemplating. And it was, with occasional reference to writing. Just what I needed. And I look forward to engaging his writing suggestions, also.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    This is a concise, little book geared towards writers who wish to ground their lives and work in prayer. Personally, none of the prayer practices outlined by Cyzewski were new to me -- but that's not the point. Indeed, the brevity and clarity with which he quickly outlined these practices were truly refreshing for me. They were also a kick in the pants -- I've read about this stuff before! Why don't I practise it!? The tips are practical and down-to-earth about how to incorporate some practices f This is a concise, little book geared towards writers who wish to ground their lives and work in prayer. Personally, none of the prayer practices outlined by Cyzewski were new to me -- but that's not the point. Indeed, the brevity and clarity with which he quickly outlined these practices were truly refreshing for me. They were also a kick in the pants -- I've read about this stuff before! Why don't I practise it!? The tips are practical and down-to-earth about how to incorporate some practices from the Christian contemplative tradition into your life, and how doing so helps your writing. The prayer practices that get specific attention are centering prayer, the Examen, lectio divina, and the liturgy of the hours/daily office -- with a reminder that none of this will succeed without community and good habits as well as a chapter about free writing and how it is both important to the writer's craft and spiritually rich. I recommend this book to any Christian interested in starting out in these sorts of "mystical" practices -- it's only 47 pages long! And especially, of course, to writers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Excellent, concise, clear, and well-sourced advice for deepening your prayer life. A fast read and a wonderful resource for anyone struggling to focus and find calm in today's crazy world, and not just for writers! I gave four stars only because the ending fizzled somewhat into a plug for author's website; this was fine, but was a bit of a detractor for me to the enthusiasm I had built up from the richness and depth of the previous chapters. Otherwise, this is one of the most helpful, practical Excellent, concise, clear, and well-sourced advice for deepening your prayer life. A fast read and a wonderful resource for anyone struggling to focus and find calm in today's crazy world, and not just for writers! I gave four stars only because the ending fizzled somewhat into a plug for author's website; this was fine, but was a bit of a detractor for me to the enthusiasm I had built up from the richness and depth of the previous chapters. Otherwise, this is one of the most helpful, practical books I've read on prayer life. I am excited to start using some of his suggestions and am sure I will follow his blog

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Brookshire

    Cornerstone Writers in Selma NC used this book as a study, reading and talking about a chapter each week. It is a very thin read, but a good jumping off point for discussion. I hope the author corrects future print-on-demand copies of this book (there are two chapter sixes, for example).

  6. 4 out of 5

    James

    Short little ebook predicated on the premise that both prayer and writing flow from the same source: attentiveness. Cyzewski describes forming contemplative prayer practices (contemplation, lectio divina, the prayer of examen) and writing exercises.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Blanca Alejandra Hernández

    Very short but complete. The autor goes straight to the point, I specially liked the many resources share in this book for praying and meditation. It is really helping me to improve my praying time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joolsbk

    Encouraging A helpful book that has useful reminders for those who are already on this path and practical for beginners as well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julia Raymer- Brito

    Very well written, easy to read, and a perfect thesis on how writing and conversation with the Lord are two components of a healthy, growing self.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Marlow

    Gentle and practical – a book full of spiritual and reflective practices for writers. Buy it now. Every now and again, when my soul feels on edge, I sit down and think, “I need a bit more Ed Cyzewski in my life.” This book is no exception. Where Ed Cyzewski excels is in making spiritual disciplines non-scary for people with an evangelical heritage. He writes well, using few words, and this short book contains much wisdom. A wonderful resource for any writer seeking to keep their spiritual life he Gentle and practical – a book full of spiritual and reflective practices for writers. Buy it now. Every now and again, when my soul feels on edge, I sit down and think, “I need a bit more Ed Cyzewski in my life.” This book is no exception. Where Ed Cyzewski excels is in making spiritual disciplines non-scary for people with an evangelical heritage. He writes well, using few words, and this short book contains much wisdom. A wonderful resource for any writer seeking to keep their spiritual life healthy – highly recommended. Best of all, you can get it for FREE if you sign up to his email list (which in itself is well-worth doing). (Go to his website - his name plus .com). Or here http://edcyz.us1.list-manage.com/subs... *disclosure: I received a free copy of this, with no obligation to post a review. This is my honest review.*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    I'm by no means a writer, but I am (or aspire to be) a prayer, and this offered some of the most helpful, practical, clear instructions on contemplative prayer I have come across. I'm by no means a writer, but I am (or aspire to be) a prayer, and this offered some of the most helpful, practical, clear instructions on contemplative prayer I have come across.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Livermore

    This book came to me at a good time, as I've been grappling with integrating more of God into my writing and business. And by integrating, I don't mean so much writing spiritual things (though that can be the case as well), but really seeking God and relying on God in everything I do. At this point, I wouldn't consider myself to be a contemplative writer, and in fact struggle with sitting still and being quiet on the inside. But this book has me thinking about how to be more intentional about tu This book came to me at a good time, as I've been grappling with integrating more of God into my writing and business. And by integrating, I don't mean so much writing spiritual things (though that can be the case as well), but really seeking God and relying on God in everything I do. At this point, I wouldn't consider myself to be a contemplative writer, and in fact struggle with sitting still and being quiet on the inside. But this book has me thinking about how to be more intentional about turning to God throughout my day and simply quieting my heart and mind so that I can better hear from him. I'm looking forward to seeing the impact that will have on my mind, body, spirit -- and writing

  13. 5 out of 5

    antony

    This is great book. I always felt the strong connection between writing and praying so this book really spoke to me. As the book progresses you learn a number of ways you can deepen your prayer life with writing. Various techniques are described that you can choose from to try yourself. The author has spent much time working with the methods and is able to describe them well. As the book progresses the author talk more about prayer and how to get the best out of it. Easy to read, straight to the p This is great book. I always felt the strong connection between writing and praying so this book really spoke to me. As the book progresses you learn a number of ways you can deepen your prayer life with writing. Various techniques are described that you can choose from to try yourself. The author has spent much time working with the methods and is able to describe them well. As the book progresses the author talk more about prayer and how to get the best out of it. Easy to read, straight to the point, nicely balanced. I gave it full marks

  14. 4 out of 5

    Don Zabriskie

    A Wider Application That's Not Limited to Writers In this brief work Ed Cyzewski packs a lot of excellent ideas for contemplation, whether one writes for a living or not. I especially appreciated the connection made between spiritual applications and the psychological principles of habit formation. After all, whether writers, shop owners, managers, technicians, home makers, or teachers, we all do well to pause in some "habitual" manner to listen to God speak in His "still, small voice." A Wider Application That's Not Limited to Writers In this brief work Ed Cyzewski packs a lot of excellent ideas for contemplation, whether one writes for a living or not. I especially appreciated the connection made between spiritual applications and the psychological principles of habit formation. After all, whether writers, shop owners, managers, technicians, home makers, or teachers, we all do well to pause in some "habitual" manner to listen to God speak in His "still, small voice."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    I enjoyed this short, easy book. It is a good primer for anyone who might be interested in learning more about prayer practices to quiet your heart and mind. The author also gives great ideas as to how one might reasonably bring such practices into work or home life when surrounded by colleagues and/or small children. For those who are looking to get more out of their Christian Faith Journey. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

  16. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Brignola-van calster

    Encouraging book, easy to read, lots of guidance on how to be silent before God. It's not always easy to slow down, to really be silent before God, and this book is kind of like a mentor helping you through the first steps, showing you how to make time, how to stop the rush of thoughts... You won't be sorry to have read it :) Encouraging book, easy to read, lots of guidance on how to be silent before God. It's not always easy to slow down, to really be silent before God, and this book is kind of like a mentor helping you through the first steps, showing you how to make time, how to stop the rush of thoughts... You won't be sorry to have read it :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Gently written, full of encouragement, with lots of solid ideas to take away and try. Some ideas hit so close to home I had to stop right there and pray. Ed has written this succinct book in a contemplative fashion, leaving you ready to step into trying some new prayer methods and grow further in this area of your life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Deon Strydom

    Helpfull! A really practical approach to contemplative practices like centering prayer, silence, prayer of examen and many more. Well worth the read to lead you further into contemplative practices.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    I was unimpressed by this book: it seemed to me to be a much watered down version of several classics on writing and contemplation. It also did not got into enough detail on most of the discussions on contemplation.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Taryn Johnson stroop

    Quick, straightforward read. Good introduction to contemplative writing and prayer.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dave Pettengill

    Great small book on contemplative writing and prayer with lots of helpful nuggets to personally apply.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Culp

    A great, practical, doable approach to incorporating new spiritual practices. Not that much is specific to writers. Highly recommend

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Newcomer

  25. 5 out of 5

    Daniel R

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Foulger

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dehghani

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Brough

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephen And Sharon

  30. 4 out of 5

    Glen Goddard

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