In this book, Brother David Steindl-Rast, who has been a monk for more than 50 years, argues that every sensual experience - whether the joy of walking barefoot or the fragrance of the season - should be recognized as a spiritual one.
Brother David Steindl-Rast
Brother David Steindl-Rast (b. 1926) is one of the most well-known spiritual teachers in the world. Born in Austria, he came to the United States after receiving his PhD in Psychology from the University of Vienna. As a member of the Benedictine Order of Catholic monks, he is known for pioneering work in interfaith dialogue (especially between Christianity and Buddhism), his promotion of the spiritual practice of gratefulness, and for his efforts to revitalize contemplative prayer life in the Catholic Church. He lectures frequently, both in the United States and abroad.
Newly revised, designed, and expanded edition of "not just one of the better books on the spiritual life but one of the really great ones."
- St. Anthony Messenger.
A Listening Heart - David Steindl-Rasts first book - was published 20 years ago to widespread acclaim. It has nourished many souls since that time. This new edition, one-third of it completely new, will nourish even more. It is on its way to becoming a classic of spiritual reading. "There is a universality here that touches the heart of all who seek to listen."
- Studies in Formative Spirituality
"David Steindl-Rast has earned a reputation as a bridge-builder between East and West in matters of religion and is considered by many to be the foremost bearer of the standard of Christian ecumenism laid down by Thomas Merton. With this book, Brother David proves to be adept at bridging a far more profound chasm than that between Christianity and Buddhism: the gap between ordinary conscious experience and genuine contemplation. A gem of a book."