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The various crises we experience in society and culture today, at their root, reveal a spiritual problem: a profound lack of meaning. The mystical truths revealed in scripture can surely help.   Part One, “Entering the Desert,” introduces the reader to principles of awareness, deep listening, and contemplation as essential for “hearing” what Scripture has to say. Part Two The various crises we experience in society and culture today, at their root, reveal a spiritual problem: a profound lack of meaning. The mystical truths revealed in scripture can surely help.   Part One, “Entering the Desert,” introduces the reader to principles of awareness, deep listening, and contemplation as essential for “hearing” what Scripture has to say. Part Two details the importance of mystery and struggle in the process of healing from any past or present wounds. And Part Three explores the “undivided heart” that is possible when we come to know God in silence and stillness.   With Be Still it is possible to explore the contemplative dimensions of the Bible, either on your own or in a group setting, as you perhaps never have before.  


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The various crises we experience in society and culture today, at their root, reveal a spiritual problem: a profound lack of meaning. The mystical truths revealed in scripture can surely help.   Part One, “Entering the Desert,” introduces the reader to principles of awareness, deep listening, and contemplation as essential for “hearing” what Scripture has to say. Part Two The various crises we experience in society and culture today, at their root, reveal a spiritual problem: a profound lack of meaning. The mystical truths revealed in scripture can surely help.   Part One, “Entering the Desert,” introduces the reader to principles of awareness, deep listening, and contemplation as essential for “hearing” what Scripture has to say. Part Two details the importance of mystery and struggle in the process of healing from any past or present wounds. And Part Three explores the “undivided heart” that is possible when we come to know God in silence and stillness.   With Be Still it is possible to explore the contemplative dimensions of the Bible, either on your own or in a group setting, as you perhaps never have before.  

30 review for Be Still and Listen: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    James B

    'Be still and listen is a book birthed out a living relationship with God, written with humility, encouragement and wisdom. It is the best book I have read for a long time in the area of contemplative spirituality combining experience and learning seamlessly. Amos invites the reader to join him on a journey defined by an invitation - 'Become still, listen and live - really live welcoming the whole of life's spectrum and on the way you will be transformed and transform.' Effortlessly Amos weaves 'Be still and listen is a book birthed out a living relationship with God, written with humility, encouragement and wisdom. It is the best book I have read for a long time in the area of contemplative spirituality combining experience and learning seamlessly. Amos invites the reader to join him on a journey defined by an invitation - 'Become still, listen and live - really live welcoming the whole of life's spectrum and on the way you will be transformed and transform.' Effortlessly Amos weaves together encounter and knowledge, invitation and challenge, reflection and research. I cannot commend it highly enough nor thank Amos for offering it to us. Allow it to read you - you won't be disappointed.'

  2. 4 out of 5

    8th Day Reads

    As a spiritual person, I have utilized the Internet for praying and worshiping God. I have also been a verbal and outward Christian in that I would post quotes and prayers including artwork and photographs on my personal account with Facebook. However, I will also incorporate a new way of serving the King by simply remaining silent and meditative as what this book has preached to me about. The author of this read is Amos Smith and what I know about him from reading his words here is that he is a As a spiritual person, I have utilized the Internet for praying and worshiping God. I have also been a verbal and outward Christian in that I would post quotes and prayers including artwork and photographs on my personal account with Facebook. However, I will also incorporate a new way of serving the King by simply remaining silent and meditative as what this book has preached to me about. The author of this read is Amos Smith and what I know about him from reading his words here is that he is a pastor and that he is called upon by his local community for spiritual advice and counsel when hope is scarce and sadness is everywhere in that community. This book is so accommodating because it’s got direct verses from numerous versions of the Holy Bible, and it’s got discussion questions at the end of each chapter for the reader to fully grasp and understand what that chapter was all about. It is definitely a great gift suggestion for the upcoming holidays for that aspiring preacher or priest, nun, or monk in the house! Here are some statements from this book that I marked so that I can go back to them for assurance and motivation as I am indeed a prayerful individual who can testify that I have experienced all sorts of miracles and graces simply because I rely on prayer and meditation for a happy life. 1. “To receive the Spirit that inspired Scripture, we each need to learn to cultivate silence and stillness in our lives.” I can say that this statement is the truth because when we are silent and still, we will then hear a voice which is assumingly the Lord’s telling us the rightful thing to do or advising us on how to approach a difficult situation. 2. “The focal point of the Bible should be the marriage of the soul to God.” My understanding of this saying is that since the marriage of the soul to God is where the soul’s owner will then be devoted to the Lord and all His commandments therefore if that is the focal point of the Bible then all of the Christian community will experience divine intervention in everything they do, that is, if they obey and keep the words of the Bible. This is summarized as the unity of Jesus’ divinity and humanity. 3. “Mary and Martha symbolize the contemplative life and the active life.” Mary and the Martha, the two sisters who sought the help of Jesus in raising their brother Lazarus from the dead, are perfect examples of those who meditate and pray and those who work and serve. We must always keep in mind that those who pray and meditate without working are indeed valid in the eyes of God. Since they are asking God for blessings, therefore, they too are important. 4. “The lotus flower is a great representation of strength and victory. It teaches us that it is possible to rise through filth and stagnant water to shine and bloom on the surface of a bog or swamp. That we should look to it for comfort and assurance that something that began in turmoil and trouble can grow to shine and win in later years. 5. “People don’t need to be entertained or to draw attention to themselves through social media. We yearn most of all for connection.” Smith writes that through it all, people, us, don’t really use social media for entertainment or for show. We use social media to connect with others, to share our feelings, our successes, and our lowest moments with each other. That we crave connection because that is what humanity needs, a medium for us to see and feel and understand the actions and expressions of our brothers and sisters across the world. I recommend this great philosophic read to aspiring priests, nuns, and monks out there. I believe it holds a lot of information that is vital for them in their meditative behaviors and lives. I also believe that this book is a definite gift for that spiritual or religious family member of yours who values his or her relationship with the Lord and that the thoughts and ideas in here will benefit them greatly as they try to juggle the world’s ways with God’s ways in this time of advanced technology, material wealth, and selfishness. Lastly, I suggest that this book must be read by all who are going through stress and anxiety that they can function better with an empty head and heart through the meditative ideas that this book contains. It would make a fantastic holiday gift for someone special during this year’s holiday season. Alright, God bless and later!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    I really enjoyed Be Still and Listen! I recently finished reading it a second time. Amos Smith has such a nice way of weaving personal stories and reflections with Bible quotes and notes and teachings from other mystics, Saints, and authors. I have been practicing centering prayer for at least a year although not as intensely as most guidelines recommend and this book has enhanced my practice. The chapter lengths were perfect. I could read a chapter in one sitting, then read the questions and ref I really enjoyed Be Still and Listen! I recently finished reading it a second time. Amos Smith has such a nice way of weaving personal stories and reflections with Bible quotes and notes and teachings from other mystics, Saints, and authors. I have been practicing centering prayer for at least a year although not as intensely as most guidelines recommend and this book has enhanced my practice. The chapter lengths were perfect. I could read a chapter in one sitting, then read the questions and reflect on the main points of the chapter. I really like being able to read a chapter in one sitting, f I have to break it up then I lose the flow and some of the meaning. The questions were great and were a nice review for me to make sure I remembered what the chapter was about. I am going to give away one of his stories since I really like. His first religious awakening came when he rolled off of a hammock in the middle of the night into an ice-cold river! I was expecting to read that this ruined his love of sleeping outside in the wilderness by himself but instead, it made him feel more alive and started his love affair with nature. I also especially liked the first few sentences of the conclusion: “If after reading this book, spiritual freedom of stillness remains a mere concept, the book has failed to achieve its purpose” It would truly be difficult to read Be Still and Listen and not at least try centering prayer.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Black Swan

    The act of just stopping and listening is beyond most people. Amos Smith does a great job of reminding us to do just that. Smith outlines a lot of the Christian faith from a perspective that needs to be shared. As a non-Christian myself, I found this book extremely helpful in enlightening me on the values and core meaning behind a lot of what I thought was very different (given to me by what I’d call “Casual Christians”). Smith also tends to focus a lot on the spirituality and the peace of solitu The act of just stopping and listening is beyond most people. Amos Smith does a great job of reminding us to do just that. Smith outlines a lot of the Christian faith from a perspective that needs to be shared. As a non-Christian myself, I found this book extremely helpful in enlightening me on the values and core meaning behind a lot of what I thought was very different (given to me by what I’d call “Casual Christians”). Smith also tends to focus a lot on the spirituality and the peace of solitude and self (which is the basis of “Be Still and Listen” as both a book and call to action), rather than the dichotomy of good and evil in man (unlike a lot of other books of this kind). He does a great job focusing on the betterment of the human condition through that spirituality. Overall, I’m very impressed with Smith and masterful writing on this topic. Everything from the verses and topics he chose right down to the reflection questions meant to foster discussion. This is, by far, one of the best books of this kind I’ve had the pleasure of coming across.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fred Grewe

    I was asked to write a review for Amos Smith’s new book, “Be Still and Listen.” As I’ve been very busy lately I thought I’d just scan the book, write a few nice innocuous words and move on to my next project. I just couldn’t do it. This is not spiritual fast food. “Be Still and Listen” isn’t a book you can just peruse, it should be savored to gain the full effect. While there are many wonderful books that invite the reader to contemplate and reflect on their lives, the genius of Smith’s work is t I was asked to write a review for Amos Smith’s new book, “Be Still and Listen.” As I’ve been very busy lately I thought I’d just scan the book, write a few nice innocuous words and move on to my next project. I just couldn’t do it. This is not spiritual fast food. “Be Still and Listen” isn’t a book you can just peruse, it should be savored to gain the full effect. While there are many wonderful books that invite the reader to contemplate and reflect on their lives, the genius of Smith’s work is the marriage it works with contemplation and social action. The premise: a deeply grounded personal spirituality is the foundation for working to shape a more fair and just world. His goal seems to be not just personal transformation but societal change as well. “Be Still and Listen” should come with a warning. While reading such a book might make one uncomfortable it also might just liberate the reader into living a more meaningful life. Fred Grewe, author of “Time to Talk about Dying”

  6. 5 out of 5

    N.L. Brumbaugh

    Worth reading: I can say I truly enjoyed this book. It speaks my language. If you are on a search to know God and follow him, you will find value in this book. Many treasures for life and soul exist in the pages of Be Still and Listen. Read this book as a way to mine its reflective loveliness on the life hid in Christ, the knowing of fullness and joy, the apprehending of peace and love in increasing measure: all this as one absorbs the ancient truths through centering of the soul in Christ. Do t Worth reading: I can say I truly enjoyed this book. It speaks my language. If you are on a search to know God and follow him, you will find value in this book. Many treasures for life and soul exist in the pages of Be Still and Listen. Read this book as a way to mine its reflective loveliness on the life hid in Christ, the knowing of fullness and joy, the apprehending of peace and love in increasing measure: all this as one absorbs the ancient truths through centering of the soul in Christ. Do this during times of meditation by sitting alone with God and listening in the silence. Apprehend what it has to offer through the profound practice of centering prayer. I particularly like Chapter 9, Finding Refuge, for I have experienced this unique phenomenon, this same delight in 'refuge' similar as has the author, Amos Smith. There is nothing quite like it. Get away from it all and center your being in the contemplative silences of Christ in the real.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chapter And Hearse

    'Be Still and Listen' by Amos Smith is a book that urges us to find a source of meaning in our lives. Eloquent, informative, and written with real wisdom, this book isn't filled with over complicated pieces of scripture and theology, but instead teaches us what we can learn about our own lives through the lessons in the Bible and contemplative prayer. This would really be a great book for a church or Bible study group, as it is sure to open up a new understanding of your own faith. I wouldn't cal 'Be Still and Listen' by Amos Smith is a book that urges us to find a source of meaning in our lives. Eloquent, informative, and written with real wisdom, this book isn't filled with over complicated pieces of scripture and theology, but instead teaches us what we can learn about our own lives through the lessons in the Bible and contemplative prayer. This would really be a great book for a church or Bible study group, as it is sure to open up a new understanding of your own faith. I wouldn't call myself a religious person, but I don't necessarily believe that you need to be to get something out of this book. I believe the overall message is finding some meaning in your life, if you find that meaning and comfort from God that is wonderful, but if you find meaning in those that you love, or striving to be a good person and kind to others, then surely is wonderful too.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Walker

    At its simplest, Be Still And Listen is a book about contemplative prayer, or more specifically, centering prayer. This book is more than that though. Author Amos Smith gives the reader a crash course in Christian Mysticism and Contemplative Christianity. Be Still And Listen is written like a devotional. It contains ten chapters that are divided into short daily readings. Each chapter can easily be read in a week. There are a couple of things that I disagree with in the book, especially some of At its simplest, Be Still And Listen is a book about contemplative prayer, or more specifically, centering prayer. This book is more than that though. Author Amos Smith gives the reader a crash course in Christian Mysticism and Contemplative Christianity. Be Still And Listen is written like a devotional. It contains ten chapters that are divided into short daily readings. Each chapter can easily be read in a week. There are a couple of things that I disagree with in the book, especially some of the author’s more “progressive” opinions. But as a whole, I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the contemplative tradition. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Paraclete Press, in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth White-Spunner

    Human nature seems to dictate that we over-complicate the profound. We have a million words to describe something that in essence is outrageously simple: God. At times I found myself crying tears of joy while reading “Be Still & Listen”, for the words of Amos Smith were exactly what was in my heart. And those words don’t belong to Amos or myself, but to God. Amos has the rare ability to take the profound and explain it in a way that we can all understand, a true teacher at heart! He is my spirit Human nature seems to dictate that we over-complicate the profound. We have a million words to describe something that in essence is outrageously simple: God. At times I found myself crying tears of joy while reading “Be Still & Listen”, for the words of Amos Smith were exactly what was in my heart. And those words don’t belong to Amos or myself, but to God. Amos has the rare ability to take the profound and explain it in a way that we can all understand, a true teacher at heart! He is my spiritual brother & another of God’s gifts to the world.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rich Lewis

    Amos Smith reminds us that the path of centering prayer and Christian mysticism is not a race. It’s a marathon. As many Scriptures attest, our relationship with God requires patient waiting in stillness and silence, day after day, month after month, year after year. The marvel is that in time God will transform us!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia Jeronimo

    A beautifully written book on prayer and intimacy with God. It reads like a devotional but very practical yet deep. The contemplative life is the seed that sprouts our joy and abiding in Christ. If you are ready to take your prayer life further, this is a good one to help you get there.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Zareen

    An excellent, informative guide to the theory & practise Of Centering Prayer. I have found it easy to engage in his writing style & although I started reading it awhile back, I have returned to reading it with renewed gusto. I recommend it to anyone who wishes to begin A Centering Prayer practice.

  13. 4 out of 5

    David Akers

    Be Still is an invitation to wake up. The book is structured with excellent discussion questions and will make an great study guide for adult classes. Smith describes an authentic Christian life.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mike Guschke

    I love the depth of experience the author shares and the references noted. The most comprehensive work on centering prayer and mysticism I’ve read. Written from a non-denominational perspective!

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    Rita Hepburn

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    Peter Miller

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    Gregory Carmichael

  18. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Bertram

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    Brandon Altman

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    Danny Hughes

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    Alison Owen

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    Daniel

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    Fiona Silverman

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    Dave Henderson

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    Paul Gillman

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    Kyle Balfour

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    Lily Marras

  28. 5 out of 5

    Freya Gilbert

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    Craig Dobson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lyana Azan

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