My Favorite Centering Prayer Books

I have practiced Centering Prayer since June 1, 2014.

Centering Prayer is a vital and important part of my daily life. It is my time to sit with God and open to the presence and action of God within. I sit with Jesus so I can walk with him in my daily life!

Let me share my favorite Centering Prayer books and my reviews:


The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice by Cynthia Bourgeault.

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening  by Cynthia Bourgeault

Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Centering Prayer by Thomas Keating

The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God by David Frenette

A Taste of Silence: Centering Prayer and the Contemplative Journey by Carl J. Arico

Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form by Basil Pennington

Open Mind, Open Heart 20th Anniversary Edition  by Thomas Keating


I encourage you to check out these wonderful books!


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9 thoughts on “My Favorite Centering Prayer Books”

  1. Love Basil Pennington’s “Centering Prayer.” It was the first book on Centering Prayer I read 30+ years ago. Love the way he presents Centering Prayer through the teachings of the Desert Fathers and the 14th century classic on contemplative prayer ” The Cloud of Unknowing.” I think it’s still one of the best books on Centering Prayer…

  2. Just received my copy of William Meningers book The loving search for God. I read it 20 years ago from contemplative outreach member library and fell in love with this gentle monk. He started the centering prayer method, teaching clergy after reading The cloud of unknowing over 100 times. Thomas Keating and Basil Pennington made up the initial trio bringing this practice out of the monasteries and to lay people.
    He has also written a very powerful book on forgiveness which eventually allowed me to let go of a painful relationship of family hurt caused by my brother-in-law. A beautiful soul and gifted writer.

    1. I met him at a weekend retreat in late 2016. He discussed St. John of the Cross and The Cloud of Unknowing. Terrific weekend retreat.

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