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Be Still and Know

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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About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

Norris J. Chumley introduces us to Hesychasm, or the practice of silence and contemplative prayer, and to the lives of its early practitioners.

Finding God in the Silence: A Q&A with Norris Chumley

Finding God in the Silence: A Q&A with Norris Chumley

"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."

Praise for Be Still and Know

Praise for Be Still and Know

"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.

Silence (Hesychia): A Method for Experiencing God

Silence (Hesychia): A Method for Experiencing God

"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."

Study Guide

Study Guide

Download the free six-week study following the book for congregations here. To download the accompanying film for a small fee visit www.bestillandknow.info.

Author Website

Author Website

Learn more about Be Still and Know, the study guide, and the companion film at Norris Chumley's website here.

Practicing Silence for Lent

Practicing Silence for Lent

Norris J. Chumley

How are we to find the silence and peace of the desert in today’s busy world?

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

The Silence of the Heart

The Silence of the Heart

Carl McColman

Give yourself to the Jesus Prayer, and it will transform you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

An Invitation to Stillness

An Invitation to Stillness

Elizabeth Nordquist

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.

Living the Jesus Prayer

Living the Jesus Prayer

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.

Evangelicals and Silence

Evangelicals and Silence

Frank Viola

The subject of the book is controversial among evangelicals today, so I asked Chumley some tough questions.

Creating Spaces of Quiet

Creating Spaces of Quiet

Anna Quinn

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.”

Be Still and Know: Interview with Father Nilus on Silence

Be Still and Know: The Desert

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