A Little Library for Contemplatives

Recommended by people from the communities of Holy Wisdom Monastery


Benedictine Spirituality

RB 1980: The Rule of Benedict in English, Timothy Fry, Timothy Horner et al.

Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of Saint Benedict Today, Joan Chittister

How to Live: What the Rule of Saint Benedict Teaches Us about Happiness, Meaning and Community, Judith Valente

Always We Begin Again: The Benedictine Way of Living, John McQuiston II

The Rule of Benedict: Christian Monastic Wisdom for Daily Living, The Rev. Dr. Jane Tomaine

Centering Prayer

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

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Cynthia Bourgeault

The Path of Centering Prayer, David Frenette

The Contemplative Society—Centering Prayer, a teaching handout

The Contemplative Society—Welcoming Practice, a teaching handout

Lectio Divina   

Contemplative Bible Reading: Experiencing God through Scriptures, Richard Peace

The Transforming Power of Lectio Divina, How to Pray with Scripture, Maria Tasto

The Contemplative Society—Lectio Divina, a teaching handout

Contemplative Dialog

Bridges to Contemplative Living  (A series of 8 books for small group use).
Book 1 in the series is Entering the School of Your Experience. The series has a Leader’s Guide and Retreat Outlines.


Discernment Matters: Listening with the Ear of the Heart, Mary Margaret Funk, OSB

The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making, Elizabeth Liebert

Ecumenical Christianity

The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith, Marcus Borg

Invitation to Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Anthology, John R. Tyson

Inner Work

The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth, Christopher Heuertz

Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction, Margaret Guenther

Contemplative Companions

From Holy Wisdom Monastery

Oblates of Holy Wisdom Monastery

Tom Zanzig 

Paul Knitter 

From elsewhere

Center for Action and Contemplation Online Education

James Finley

Cynthia Bourgeault

Richard Rohr

Beverly Lanzetta

Thomas Merton

Resources for Spiritual Nurture

Holy Wisdom Sunday Assembly Worship Archive (password protected)

Holy Wisdom Midday Prayer Archive (password protected)

Centering Prayer: A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God com/DVD/pa edition, Thomas Keating, Carl Arico, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hople

Monasteries of the Heart, Joan Chittister


Creighton Online Ministries

Wisdom Chant, Darlene Franz

Songs of Presence: Contemplative Chants for the New Millenium—A Learning CD, Praxis Publications

Taize’ Community Chants—Wait for the Lord