A spiritual classic – finally back in print (2008) after many years!
In this comprehensive guide to Christian contemplative prayer, Fr. George Maloney, S.J. a leading exponent of the Eastern Christian spiritual tradition in the decades after Vatican II, opens up this tradition of prayer–in particular the Jesus Prayer of the Eastern Church–to Western Christians in a clear and practical manner. Unmatched as a readable and complete guide to Eastern Christian spirituality during its fifteen-year history of publication, it fills a void in the spirituality market for today's readers as well.
About the Author: Father George A. Maloney, SJ, was well-known in Roman Catholic and Russian Byzantine Rite circles for his many works on prayer and spirituality. In his life he wrote some 80 books, journal and popular articles on theology, prayer, and Eastern Christian spirituality. His many Alba House titles include: Called to Be Free (2001), The Mystery of Christ in You (1998), Your Sins Are Forgiven You (1994), The Spirit Broods Over the World (1993), God’s Incredible Mercy (1989), Entering the Heart of Jesus (1988) and Called to Intimacy (1983). He has likewise produced a number of audio tapes for Alba House Communications including Broken But Loved, The Presence of Christ Within You, Jesus Our Joy, Transformation into Christ-Consciousness and Impassioned Heart to name but a few. This new edition of Prayer of the Heart is being re-printed by Ave Maria Press after being our of print for many years. Fr Maloney died in 2005.
Review of this book –
"It is truly a wonderful thing to see the re-issuing of Fr. George Maloney's classic study, Prayer of the Heart. This is a ground-breaking book whose appearance first introduced a generation of Catholic (Western) readers to the riches of the Orthodox (Eastern) spirituality of the Jesus Prayer. Its second edition will teach many more about the ancient church's tradition of Jesus-centered mysticism, and the principles of a peaceful and devoted spiritual life that can be followed not merely in the monastery, but in the day-to-day business of our hectic lives."
– Fr. John McGuckin, Professor of Byzantine Christian History at Columbia University and Early Church History at Union Theological Seminary, leading Orthodox scholar, and priest of the Romanian Orthodox Church in America.