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Listening to The Heartbeat of God: How to Enter Into the Ancient Orthodox Life of Prayer

Listening to The Heartbeat of God
Listening to The Heartbeat of God
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Listening to The Heartbeat of God is about having a conversation with God, a divine and holy experience that all Christians are called to enjoy. Fr. Peter Preble weaves together the Orthodox monastic traditions of spirituality and prayer. This book is a guide to prayer for each person who desires to pray from the heart.

About The Author

Hieromonk Peter Preble is a Stavrophore monk in the Romanian Orthodox Church and currently serves as Pastor of St. Michael Orthodox Church in Southbridge, Massachusetts. He is also Chaplain to the Dudley Fire Department in Dudley, Massachusetts. A convert from Roman Catholicism, Fr. Peter has a deep respect and understanding of Celtic and Orthodox Spirituality and how the two very different but similar forms of Spirituality can work together.

Listening to the Heartbeat of God is about having a conversation with God, a divine and holy experience that all Christians are called to enjoy. Fr. Peter Preble weaves together the Orthodox monastic and Celtic traditions of Spirituality. This book is designed as a "beginners guide" to prayer but with a catch—we are all beginners as we come to God. So there is something true and good here for the youngest child or the oldest holy monk or nun and for each person who desires to pray.

To listen to God is to listen deep within ourselves. St. John laid his head on the chest of Christ and listened to His heartbeat. He felt the warmth of the Savior on his cheek, and his head rose and fell with each breath Jesus breathed. St. John listened deep within Christ to hear Him through His heart. To listen to God is to listen with our very souls. To listen to God is to "place our heads on His chest" as St. John did and "feel" His warmth and really listen to what God is saying to us means that we need a way to do this without leaning on Jesus’ actual chest.

So how can we do this? The Celts believed that we could hear and see God in all of creation that God exists in every created thing. They were partly correct.

The Creator is part of the creation. In the book of Genesis, we read the creation story, and we see that after God created all that we see, He looked at it and said it was good. We are surrounded by God, and if we take the time—really take the time—to listen, we can hear Him speaking to us. But for us to hear, we have to slow down and listen.

"An excellent introduction to the interior life that opens the door to The Kingdom of God within you."
- Fr. John Peck
Pastor St. George Orthodox Church Prescott, Arizona

"Fr. Peter guides us through the filtering out of the static of our modern busy lives to indeed listen to the heartbeat of God."
- Fr. Gregory Christakos
Pastor, Sts. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, Marlborough, MA

Listening to the Heartbeat of God includes...

  • Listening to the Heartbeat of God, Divine Reading
  • How Do I Practice Sacred Reading?
  • What Scripture Passages Do I Read?
  • Liturgical Prayer
  • The Jesus Prayer: Prayer of the Heart, Spiritual Fatherhood and much more.

"A wonderful opportunity to discover and understand Orthodox Spirituality and communion with God..."
- Archbishop Nicolae
Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox, Archdiocese in the Americas

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • CHAPTER 1 Listening to the Heartbeat of God
  • CHAPTER 2 Divine Reading
  • CHAPTER 3 How Do I Practice Sacred Reading?
  • CHAPTER 4 What Scripture Passages Do I Read?
  • CHAPTER 5 Liturgical Prayer
  • CHAPTER 6 The Jesus Prayer: Prayer of the Heart
  • CHAPTER 7 Three Types of Prayer
  • CHAPTER 8 Using a Prayer Rope
  • CHAPTER 9 Results of the Jesus Prayer
  • CHAPTER 10 How to Begin
  • CHAPTER 11 Getting to the Heart
  • CHAPTER 12 Plunging Into God
  • CHAPTER 13 Spiritual Fatherhood
  • CHAPTER 14 A Spiritual Father's Role
  • CHAPTER 15 How Spiritual Fatherhood Works