Jens Soering's The Way of the Prisoner: Breaking the Chains of Self Through Centering Prayer and Centering Practice
Centering Prayer is a modern adaptation of the ancient practice of contemplative prayer, a process of inner purification and an opening of the mind and heart to God. In this remarkable book, Jens Soering, an inmate in a Virginia prison, tells how Centering Prayer and its corollary, Centering Practice – contemplative prayer in action – enable him to survive the daily pain of prison life. Through a moving true story of personal redemption that shocks and inspires, Soering shows how we can all transform our crosses, our prisons (literal or metaphorical), into the means of our salvation.
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Here's what others are saying about the book:
"Following the journey of this prisoner from chains to inner freedom, the reader is inspired, engaged, and called to take one's own inner journey from the prison of one's own making to spiritual freedom. Through images of transformation and the practice of centering prayer Jens Soering tells his own intriguing story. A very readable book."
-Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, Author, Dead Man Walking
"His experiences . . . reveal some amazing ways that God's Spirit can break through the fear, violence, and despair of prison life. Along with these benefits, you will be exposed to the electrifying story of a very articulate, impassioned person writing from his prison cell, as other Christian spiritual writers beginning with St. Paul have done through the centuries."
-from the foreword by Reverend Tilden Edwards, Ph.D., author and founder, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
"If you would like to be on the most extraordinary of all journeys, THE WAY OF THE PRISONER may help you, as it helped me. Sane, balanced, seasoned by hard-earned wisdom and faith, it will surely become a classic on contemplative prayer."
-Reverend N. Gordon Cosby, The Church of the Savior, Washington, D.C.
"As one who has struggled with centering prayer, I found Soering's writing to be so encouraging and heartening that I have started the practice anew. Surely others who are either beginners or those who have invested themselves in the discipline over the years will find THE WAY OF THE PRISONER equally rewarding. It is rare indeed to find an author with so penetrating a mind, combined with so generous a spirit."
-Reverend Richard A. Busch, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Virginia Theological Seminary