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Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter (American Edition 2012)

$17.95

 

“…[for] anyone who is seeking to be renewed in the unity that is deeper than boundaries.” – John Philip Newell

 Announcing the new American edition of John Philip Newell’s adored and transformative prayer book, Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter with four never before published prayers!  These are prayers and scripture references that create awareness to the present moment while emphasizing the beauty and spirituality of our physical bodies, the body of creation and all of its resources — “echoes of the soul.” Also, featuring the contemporary, subtle, earthy illustrations by the Jewish artist, Tobi Kahn.  The artwork is a perfect compliment to each morning and night prayer and certainly a beautiful way to experience the words in a fresh and illuminating way. 

 

Sounds of the Eternal: Meditative Chants and Prayers CD

$20.00

These rich prayers and chants are a companion to the book Sounds of the Eternal; the CD serves as an aid to awaken awareness of the goodness of creation and of the body. The prayers, inspired by Jewish and Celtic spirituality, are interspersed with an accompanying chant. The music and vocals of a Celtic and middle-eastern nature have been said to be “inspiring,” “strengthening,” “peaceful” and create a sense of “nearness.” Excellent for prayer and meditation groups, retreats and workshops. This CD, originally published in 2006, has a new cover which is inspired by the artwork of Tobi Kahn.

John Philip Newell is a Scottish poet and scholar with a passion for peace among the great wisdom traditions of humanity. He is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, having authored over 15 books, including Listening for the Heartbeat of God, Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation, and his most recent visionary work, A New Harmony: the Spirit, the Earth, & the Human Soul.

Suzanne Butler is from Edinburgh, Scotland. Listening and performing music were important to her from an early age. She graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Music. She has worked with the children’s charity Fischy Music, exploring self-esteem and emotions among children. Suzanne was also featured in another of John Philip Newell’s CDs, Chanting for Peace: Meditative Chants and Prayers.

Linda Larkin, composer, has performed in the Santa Fe area since 1996 and provides a wide variety of classical, popular, Celtic, Latin and sacred music. She performs at weddings, parties, conferences and memorial services. Linda holds a Masters Degree in music and maintains an active harp studio in Santa Fe. She has presented workshops at national conferences and co-led international pilgrimages. She is the founding director of High Desert Harps, a performing group of 10-12 harpists.

 

Speaking for Ourselves

$14.00

There are many powerful women in the Bible, but their descriptions are almost always tantalizingly brief.

If they had had the chance to tell their own stories in their own voices, what would they have said?

Basing her interpretation of these women on extensive research, Katerina Whitley puts herself in their shoes, giving today’s listeners a fuller understanding of each of their stories.

 

The women explored, some well known and others less familiar, include the Virgin Mary, Miriam, Mary Magdalene, Elizabeth, the Syrophoenician or Canaanite woman, Lydia, Ruth, Gomer, Michal, Tamar, and Peter’s wife. Each woman speaks for herself in these monologues in a way that brings the biblical issues and questions into contemporary focus. Study questions follow each woman’s story.

 

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Katerina Katsarka came to the U. S. at 16 years of age to enter college. Her education focused on music and English literature and later on theology. She married Rudy Whitley and together they were confirmed in the Episcopal Church. In the four decades of her involvement with the church, Katerina has worked as diocesan and national church journalist as writer, photographer, and editor. She is the author of five books of biblical monologues and one Greek cookbook. “I long for what is good and whole in humanity, even though I am quite aware of the darkness. Jesus expects us to be the light of the world and I try to remember this always. Writing, for me, is a response to the Light.” The same is true with teaching, Katerina says.  She has taught children and adults of all ages and continues her ministry in leading retreats and in speaking to churches. She has two daughters and four grandchildren. She lives in Louisville, KY.

 

The Artist’s Rule

$16.95

Christine Valters Paintner, author of Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire, invites readers to discover and develop their creative gifts in a spirit of prayer and reflection. This twelve-week course draws on the insights and practices of Benedictine spirituality to explore the interplay between contemplation and creativity.

Summarized in the phrase “pray and work,” The Rule of St. Benedict provides the inspiration for Christine Valters Paintner’s newest exploration of the mutually nourishing relationship between contemplative practices and creative expression. Artists of all stripes and stations in life–poets or painters, potters or photographers–will discover how traditions of Benedictine, Celtic, and desert spirituality can offer new sources of inspiration for their work.

Through this twelve-week course, themes like “Sacred Tools and Sacred Space,” “Creative Solitude and Community,” and “Nature as a Source of Revelation and Inspiration” are enriched by Paintner’s perceptive discussion and enhanced by insightful quotations from well-known artists and writers. Each week offers suggestions for grounding both the creative and the spiritual life through three basic practices: walking, lectio divina, and journaling. In sync with Paintner’s vibrant Internet presence, The Artist’s Rule is supplemented with online resources, including guided meditation podcasts, video lessons, and discussions.

 

Christine Valters Paintner is the online Abbess of AbbeyoftheArts.com, a virtual monastery without walls offering resources, classes, and books on contemplative practice and creative expression.  She is a writer, artist, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, teacher and the author of several books including Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements (Ave Maria Press 2010).  Christine earned her doctorate in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and her professional status as registered expressive arts consultant and educator from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. She also serves as an adjunct faculty at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry. Paintner is a Benedictine Oblate and lives out her lay monastic commitment as a Benedictine Oblate in the heart of Seattle with her husband.

The Book of Creation

$12.95

An exploration of Celtic Christianity’s celebration of creation and creativity.

(Editorial Review: ‘Newell is quickly becoming one of today’s most authoritative and inspirational voices on Celtic Spirituality.’)

 

The Desert Mothers – Unabridged Audio Book

$24.95

 

At the dawn of Christianity, holy women went into the wilderness of the deserts of northern Egypt to give themselves totally to lives of prayer. Explore the unique spirituality of the desert mothers, and learn ways to apply their wisdom today.

 

 

“Mary Earle is a modern-day Desert Mother, and we are fortunate, indeed, for her introduction to the Desert Amma’s ancient wisdom, and for her gentle guidance on ways to incorporate that wisdom into contemporary spiritual practices.”

–Debra K. Farrington, author of Hearing with the Heart: A gentle Guide to Descerning God’s Will for Your Life.

 

 

Mary C. Earle is an Episcopal priest, poet, author, spiritual director and retreat leader. Until her retirement, she taught classes in spirituality for the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Mary has authored nine books; the subjects include the spirituality of living with illness, rule of life, Celtic Christian spirituality, the Desert Mothers, and Julian of Norwich. Mary has offered presentations and retreats in a variety of ecumenical settings, including conferences of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Directors International, the International Thomas Merton Society and hospice organizations. She has written articles for a variety of journals, including Presence: the Journal of Spiritual Directors International, Radical Grace, Reflections, and The Lutheran. She was included in the Living Spiritual Teachers project of Spirituality and Practice.

The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice

$16.95

Centering Prayer is the path to a wonderful and radical new way of seeing the world.  Cynthia Bourgeault takes the reader on a journey through one of the practice sources, the Christian contemplative classic The Cloud of Unknowing, revealing it to be among the earliest Christian explorations of the phenomenology of consciousness.

Centering Prayer is the path to a wonderful and radical new way of seeing the world. It is not, as is sometimes thought, simply an act of devotional piety, nor is it simply a Christianized form of other meditation methods. Cynthia Bourgeault here cuts through the misconceptions to show that Centering Prayer is in fact a pioneering development within the Christian contemplative tradition.  She provides a practical, complete course in the practice and then goes deeper to analyze what actually happens in Centering Prayer:  the mind effectively switches to a new operating system that makes possible the perception of nonduality.  With this understanding in place, she then takes us on a journey through one of the sources of the practice, the Christian contemplative classic The Cloud of Unknowing, revealing it to be among the earliest Christian explorations of the phenomenology of consciousness.

Cynthia Bourgeault’s illumination of the Centering Prayer path provides compelling evidence of how important the practice has become in the half-century since it first arose among American Trappist monks, and of its maturation and refinement over the ensuing years of sincere study and practice. It will resonate with beginners on the Centering Prayer path as well as with seasoned practitioners.

The Jesus Prayer Retreat AUDIO

$36.00

The Jesus Prayer Retreat

Living in the Presence of God: Explorations in The Jesus Prayer

 

This is a live recording of the original Jesus Prayer Retreat, led by Bishop Bob Hibbs at the Mustang Island Conference Center in 1993. It has helped lead many faithful people on a new path of spiritual understanding by using a very ancient, simple yet powerful tool: The Jesus Prayer.

 

This retreat became the basis for the book An Altar In Your Heart: Meditations on the Jesus Prayer.

The Men’s Workshop

$17.00

Author of The Men’s Workshop, James Enoch Banks is a remarkable person.  He grew up in a depressed neighborhood in Gary, Indiana.  Despite the fact that he had a loving family, he ended up in prison like so many other young black males.  African American males are incarcerated at more than five times the rate of white males.  James has served eighteen years of a 28-year prison sentence for Aggravated Robbery.  He is scheduled to be released in June 2021.

Challenged by his nine-year old son, he asked himself how he ended up in prison.  Over several years, he taught what he learned to other inmates.  He finalized the teaching into a student handbook named The Men’s Workshop.  The course is a how to to redemption and restoration.

The course was taught for the first time using The Men’s Workshop material in the common rooms of eight different dorms in Torres Prison January through March 2020.  The results are extraordinary.

Men told their personal stories for the first time.  Men who had walked down the same paths listened.  They shared stories about who they had injured and how their families had suffered in their absences.  They shared their pain.  They began to forgive themselves and to experience healing.

A generous couple donated the money to have The Men’s Workshop published.  Our plans are to work with prison authorities so that the course can be offered in prisons throughout America.  It is a big dream.  Someday the wisdom in this book will empower former inmates to be restored to good and full lives, empowered to help vulnerable youth avoid the destructive paths the former inmates took.

The Rebirthing of God, Hardcover

$19.99

For many years now the Celtic poet, peacemaker and scholar John Philip Newell has been writing about the sacredness of being, the of-Godness that is at the heart of our lives and all life. In this new work he asks what the world in general—and Christianity in particular—would look like if the true depths of our sacredness were to come forth in radically new ways.

Drawing on modern prophets from East and West, and using the holy island of Iona as an icon of new beginnings, this book speaks directly to the heart of Christians—those within the well-defined bounds of Christian practice and those on the disenchanted edges—as well as to the faithful and seekers of other traditions. It offers the hope of a fresh stirring of the Spirit among us and the invitation to be part of laboring in a new holy birth of sacred living, a true rebirthing of God.

 

The Rebirthing of God, Paperback

$15.99

For many years now the Celtic poet, peacemaker and scholar John Philip Newell has been writing about the sacredness of being, the of-Godness that is at the heart of our lives and all life. In this new work he asks what the world in general—and Christianity in particular—would look like if the true depths of our sacredness were to come forth in radically new ways.

Drawing on modern prophets from East and West, and using the holy island of Iona as an icon of new beginnings, this book speaks directly to the heart of Christians—those within the well-defined bounds of Christian practice and those on the disenchanted edges—as well as to the faithful and seekers of other traditions. It offers the hope of a fresh stirring of the Spirit among us and the invitation to be part of laboring in a new holy birth of sacred living, a true rebirthing of God.

 

The Soul’s Slow Ripening

$16.95

Christine Valters Paintner, bestselling Catholic author and online abbess for Abbey of the Arts, uses reflections, stories, guided activities, prayer experiences, and a variety of creative arts to help you patiently and attentively listen to God’s invitation.

Everyone wants to understand God’s will for their lives. Christine Valters Paintner shares one of the most ancient paths to understanding from her study of monasticism and immersion into Celtic spirituality while living in Ireland. The Celtic way, which Paintner distills into twelve practices, offers discernment that focuses on the environment rather than the intellectual focus present in other forms of discernment. It allows for what Paintner calls the “soul’s slow ripening,” coming into the fullness of our own sweetness before we pluck the fruit.

 

Christine Valters Paintner is the online abbess for Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery offering classes and resources on contemplative practice and creative expression. She earned a doctorate in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and achieved professional status as a registered expressive arts consultant and educator from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.

Paintner is the author of thirteen books on monasticism and creativity, including The Soul’s Slow Ripening; Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire; The Artist’s Rule; The Soul of a Pilgrim; Illuminating the Way; The Wisdom of the Body; and a collection of poems called Dreaming of Stones. She leads writing retreats and pilgrimages in Ireland, Scotland, Austria, and Germany and online retreats at her website AbbeyoftheArts.com, living out her commitment as a Benedictine Oblate in Galway, Ireland, with her husband, John.

Each chapter begins with a story of a particular Irish saint—some well-known like Patrick or Brigid, others less so, such as Ita and Ciaran—and then introduces a helpful practice for discernment that the saint’s life illustrates. Paintner explores the call of dreams, the importance of thresholds, the practice of peregrination (wandering for the love of God), walking the rounds, learning by heart, soul friends, blessing each moment, and the wisdom of the landscape and the seasons. Readers are invited to explore these concepts through photography and writing. She invites us to contemplative walks with specific themes along with poetic writing prompts for expression.

As you explore an alternate way of discerning a spiritual path—one which honors the moment-by-moment invitations and the soul’s seasonal rhythms—you will discover that this book will help you become more aligned with creativity and wholeness.

The Wisdom Jesus

$16.95

If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault is a masterful guide to Jesus’s vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teaching for yourself.

The Wisdom of Wild Grace: Poems

$20.00

At the core of this collection are 30 poems inspired by the stories of kinship between saints and animals. They come mostly from the early Christian desert and Celtic traditions, but also feature later medieval saints like St. Francis of Assisi and St. Julian of Norwich. These stories point to a reverence for a different way of knowing and being in the world, one our world is hungry for. Each poem in this collection is meant to be a doorway to intimacy with our inner wilderness, a call to sit and be present to what we discover beyond the borders of our neatly controlled worlds.

 

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE is the online Abbess of Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery and global, ecumenical community integrating contemplative practice and creative expression. She is a Benedictine oblate living on the west coast of Ireland with her husband John. Together they lead pilgrimages and retreats in Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and Austria. Christine is the author of twelve books on spirituality, monastic wisdom, creativity, and the arts including The Artist’s Rule and The Soul’s Slow Ripening.  Her poems have been published in journals in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and the UK.

Thundering Sneakers

$18.00

Thundering Sneakers begins the story of the Mackintosh boys. In these essays, Prudence Mackintosh describes the delights and terrors of living with little boys who are determined to be boys, despite the carefully nonsexist childrearing practices of the 1970s. With telling vignettes of boyish disasters that drive her to despair, as well as the rare quiet moments of hugs and confidences that make it all worthwhile, she perfectly captures the early years when a young mother still looks for “the real mother” to come and bail her out.

 

A contributing editor of Texas Monthly magazine, Prudence Mackintosh is a popular author and public speaker, whose commentary on family life, schooling, Texas women, and Dallas architecture has also appeared in such magazines and newspapers as McCall’s, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, D Magazine, Parenting, and the Dallas Morning News. She lives in Dallas with her husband, John A. Mackintosh, Jr., with whom she looks forward to completing the conversations interrupted by their sons thirty years ago.

To Bless the Space Between Us

$24.99

From the author of the bestselling Anam Cara comes a beautiful collection of blessings to help readers through both the everyday and the extraordinary events of their lives.

John O’Donohue, Irish teacher and poet, has been widely praised for his gift of drawing on Celtic spiritual traditions to create words of inspiration and wisdom for today. In To Bless the Space Between Us, his compelling blend of elegant, poetic language and spiritual insight offers readers comfort and encouragement on their journeys through life. O’Donohue looks at life’s thresholds—getting married, having children, starting a new job—and offers invaluable guidelines for making the transition from a known, familiar world into a new, unmapped territory. Most profoundly, however, O’Donohue explains “blessing” as a way of life, as a lens through which the whole world is transformed.

O’Donohue awakens readers to timeless truths and shows the power they have to answer contemporary dilemmas and ease us through periods of change.