Are Christian Publishers Promoting Contemplative Prayer andthe New Spirituality?




Christian Publishers that do NOT Promote Contemplative/ Emerging

Christian and Secular Publishers on Contemplative/Emerging Frenzy

Letter to the Editor: Baptist Standard Promoting Contemplative Spirituality

Moody Publishers Release Prayers for Today: A Yearlong Journey of Contemplative Prayer


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‘Christian’ media swings left


The Signature of Jesus
by Brennan Manning

The Ragamuffin Gospel
by Brennan Manning

Prayer of Jabez
by Bruce Wilkinson

The Dream Giver
by Bruce Wilkinson


Above All
by Brennan Manning

The Papa Prayer
Larry Crabb


Yoga for Christians
by Susan Bordenkircher

Turn My Mourning Into Dancing
By Henri Nouwen

The Sacred Romance
By John Eldredge

Celebration of Discipline (Spanish)
by Richard Foster

Speaking My Mind
by Tony Campolo

(not a Christian publisher)

A Glimpse of Jesus
by Brennan Manning

Ruthless Trust
By Brennan Manning/Richard Foster

Celebration of Discipline
By Richard Foster

Dialogue with Silence
By Thomas Merton

The Way of The Heart
By Henri Nouwen

Living in the Presence
Tilden Edwards

Praying by Hand: Rediscovering the Rosary As a Way of Prayer
By M. Basil Pennington

Will and Spirit: A Contemplative Psychology
By Gerald G., M.D. May


Between Two Souls: Conversations with Ryokan

Companions of Christ: Ignatian Spirituality for Everyday Living

Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men

The Way of JesusScarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope


Prayer Path: A Christ-Centered Labyrinth Experience

Diving Deep: Experiencing Jesus Through Spiritual Disciplines
Amy Simpson


When the Soul Listens
Finding Rest and Direction in Contemplative Prayer
by Jan Johnson, Dallas Willard

Abba's Child
by Brennan Manning

Dangerous Wonder
Mike Yaconelli

The Message
by Eugene Peterson
(all references to homosexuality have been removed)

Side by Side
Disciple Making for a New Century
co-authored by Richard Foster

Dare to Journey with Henri Nouwen
by Charles Ringma

Soul Guide
contributing author Henri Nouwen

Renovation of the Heart
by Dallas Willard

by Kenneth Boa

Spiritual Disciplines: Contemplative Bible Reading
by Richard Peace


The Soul At Rest:
A Journey Into Contemplative Prayer
BY Tricia Rhodes


The Contemplative Mom
by Ann Kroeker

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Are Christian Publishers Promoting
Contemplative Prayer andthe New Spirituality?

Read this list, and you will better understand how contemplative spirituality has infiltrated mainstream Christendom.

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Calvin Miller (author of Into the Depths of God)

Choose the Life
Bill Hull

God of the Possible
Gregory Boyd

An Emergent Manifesto of Hope
Doug Pagitt, Tony Jones, Brian McLaren, Dan Kimball

The Divine Embrace
Robert Webber

Sacred Listening
James Wakefield



Meditative Prayer
Richard J. Foster teaches readers how to use the classical Christian techniques of meditation to enhance times of prayer

A Renewed Spirituality
Celtic Christian spirituality, Nature, Benedictine Spirituality, Contemplative Prayer
By Lynne M. Baab

The Garden of the Soul
By Keri Wyatt Kent

Foreword by John Ortberg

Sacred Companions
By David G. Benner
(book promotes Nouwen, Merton, Foster, Keating, etc.)

[Now partnered with Youth Specialties]

The Book of Uncommon Prayer: Contemplative and Celebratory Prayers ...
by Steve Case

The Sacred Way
by Tony Jones

The Purpose Driven Life
by Rick Warren

Hearing God
by Dallas Willard
"Richard Foster says this is
'the best book on divine guidance I have read

Making All Things New
And Other Classics
by Henri Nouwen

Reaching Out
by Henri Nouwen

Growth: Training vs. Trying
by John Ortberg

Messy Spirituality
by Mike Yaconelli

The Book of Uncommon Prayer: Contemplative and Celebratory Prayers and Worship Services for Youth Ministry
By Steve Case

Stories of Emergence
Edited by Mike Yaconelli

Emerging Worship
Dan Kimball

Reimagining Spiritual Formation
Doug Pagitt

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Zondervan and Youth Specialties
New Publishing Partnership

Aimed at the Emerging Church

Zondervan Now Owned by
Publishers of the Satanic Bible, Harper Collins

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Contemplative Spirituality: A belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all). Common terms used for this movement are "spiritual formation," "the silence," "the stillness," "ancient-wisdom," "spiritual disciplines," and many others.

Spiritual Formation: A movement that has provided a platform and a channel through which contemplative prayer is entering the church. Find spiritual formation being used, and in nearly every case you will find contemplative spirituality. In fact, contemplative spirituality is the heartbeat of the spiritual formation movement.