By Jess Janz
Fuel Radio is happy to announce that Jess Janz’s song “Maybe” (recorded and produced by Chris Michel) has found it’s way on to iTunes. You can have a listen to it for free at Myspace. To purchase and download for your MP3 device or computer from iTunes.
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Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation
By Martin Laird
Into the Silent Land is the best guide I have read to date on the Christian practice of contemplation. Here is what Catholic Book Review has to say:
“Despite its sub-title, this is not just one more “how-to” book on spirituality. It is one of those rare books that gives readers a glimpse into their own souls. Laird’s slim volume is an invitation to journey into the uncharted territory of contemplation that is one’s true home, a place where a deeper self resides beneath the endless chatter of daily life.
“All of us, according to the author, have a natural capacity for contemplation even though most of us do not realize or develop it. We remain unaware of this capacity because we rely too much on thought processes which distance us from God. We need to learn to let thought fall away so that we can walk into the silent land of God’s presence within us.
“Laird offers guidance and encouragement, but not techniques or an easy path to spiritual growth. He describes skills and disciplines (posture, breathing, a prayer word, etc.) which prepare one to enter the silent land of God’s presence. But he gives no promise of shortcuts as he articulates the challenges a prayer encounters within a sincere quest for truth. Despite the absence of easy answers, the reader comes away with a sense of the real possibility of contemplation.”
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