Be Still and Know
God's Presence in Silence
by Norris J. Chumley
"Chumley invites readers behind the curtain to experience ascetic practices and practitioners seldom seen. A timely read in a technological world afflicted by a perpetual state of internal static."
—David A. Sánchez, Loyola Marymount University
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Norris J. Chumley introduces us to Hesychasm, or the practice of silence and contemplative prayer, and to the lives of its early practitioners.
"My book takes the position from the teachings of the ancient desert and forest fathers and mothers that it is indeed possible to experience the presence of God."
"Be Still and Know, drawing as much on modern spiritual elders, as on the saints of the past, fulfils a very urgent need." Read what Durham University's Andrew Louth and others are saying about the book.
"Implicit in the state and practices of hesychia is the importance of cessation of worldly conversation and activity in favor of a retreat into silence, stillness, and isolation."
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Norris J. Chumley
How are we to find the silence and peace of the desert in today’s busy world?
Give yourself to the Jesus Prayer, and it will transform you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Every lens that a reader is given with which to understand and to pursue the spiritual practice of silence can be a gift with which she can discern her practices of prayer. This book will be another one of those lenses.
In the stillness of a short phrase, I feel God’s presence, joining ancient and future in a glorious present moment of grace, knowing with the monks described in Chumley’s Be Still and Know, that through all the trials and temptations of life, God will be my companion.
The subject of the book is controversial among evangelicals today, so I asked Chumley some tough questions.
Even within the church, we generally feel pressure to perform. Sometimes we forget that the God said, “Be still, and know that I am God.”