An early pioneer of contemporary Christian music, Talbot was a founding artist on the Sparrow record label. He is now recognized as Catholicism's most popular artist with over four million albums and compositions sold. Here he relates how the Jesus Prayer transformed his spiritual life and may do the same for you. 144 pages, hardcover. InterVarsity.
An ancient prayer for every day: "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner." These words have strengthened and comforted believers for centuries. The Jesus Prayer comes to us from the Eastern Christian tradition. In these pages, John Michael Talbot explores more of the roots of the prayer along with the theological and practical meaning of each word in the lives of believers today. Readers are invited to meditate on the twelve simple words that lie at the heart of the Christian East. Complete with historical context and exercises for self-reflection, this book shows how a single prayer could sustain the spiritual life of a civilization. Each chapter ends with a brief practice using the prayer.
John Michael Talbot is an award-winning Christian musician, writer, motivational speaker and itinerant minister to churches and parishes around the world. An early pioneer of Contemporary Christian Music, Talbot was a founding artist on the Sparrow record label. He is now recognized as Catholic music's most popular artist with over 4 million albums and compositions sold. His songs are published in hymnals throughout the world. A member of the Jesus Movement in the early 70s, Talbot converted to Roman Catholicism in 1978 after immersing himself in the life and teaching of St. Francis of Assisi. He would go on to found an "integrated monastic community" at his Little Portion Hermitage in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The Brothers and Sisters of Charity continue to this day, with Talbot as minister general. Talbot is also the author of numerous books bringing the Christian monastic tradition to contemporary life. His most recent book is
" The Jesus Prayer is decidedly practical, not only instructing readers about the background and rich history behind the prayer but also devoting entire chapters on words or phrases from the actual prayer and going into depth about them. But perhaps most valuable, especially for Protestants who may be skeptical of The Jesus Prayer and its roots in Catholicism and Eastern Christianity, is that Talbot speaks as one who sees both sides. Talbot is indeed a Catholic steeped in the monastic tradition, but he began his Christian walk as a Protestant during the heady days of the early 1970s Jesus Movement."
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