Into the Silent Land

The Practice of Contemplation

Martin Laird

978 0 232 52640 0
Paperback |168 pp |174 x 120 mm
Price: £10.99

An instant classic of contemporary spirituality, bringing together an engaging introduction to the Christian contemplative tradition for people inside or on the margins of the churches who feel drawn to the world of silent prayer.

Martin Laird shows how silence and meditation can offer a remedy to many contemporary dilemmas and emotional struggles. Writing with great clarity, depth and authority, Laird examines the meditative methods and traditions found within contemplative prayer. He also explores the role of breath and awareness in the spiritual life, which, while usually associated with Buddhism, is also an ancient concern of Christian thinkers.

Into the Silent Land brings together scholarship, pastoral practice and the author’s own personal experience. It offers new insights for the student but is especially intended for the non-specialist reader who feels drawn to the world of silent prayer and is looking to the Christian contemplative tradition for inspiration and guidance.

Martin Laird OSA is Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, and the author of Gregory of Nyssa and the Grasp of Faith: Union, Knowledge and Divine Presence (OUP).
ISBNs: 9780232526400 978-0-232-52640-0 Title: into the silent land