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Contemplative Outreach Portland Chapter
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Anonymous The Cloud of Unknowing 1500’s;  Foreword by Tim Farrington; ancient guide for learning silent prayer written by a senior monk for a young monk.  3 copies

Carl J. Arico A Taste of Silence: Centering Prayer and the Contemplative Journey; Preface by Thomas Keating 2015  Two copies

Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi 2004 Eighty poems with an introduction. (From Patricia Treece Library after her death)

Cynthia Bourgeault The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice 2016

Thomas Cahill, Pope John XXIII The brief but unforgettable reign of this beloved Pope. 2002

John Cassian: The Conferences  Twenty Four Dialogues between Cassian (c.360-430) and the desert Fathers  Compiled in 1997 by Boniface Ramsey, O.P.

Joan Chittister The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully 2008; a “feast of meditations”

Marcus J. Borg Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time; The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith 1995   Account of contemporary Jesus scholarship.

Jean-Pierre De Caussade, Abandonment to Divine Providence: Classic Wisdom from the Past on Living Fully in the Present 1975.  A classic of inspiration guiding readers of all faiths to acceptance of God’s will in serenity.  (From Patricia Treece Library after her death)

Anthony De Mello, Sadhana: A Way to God, Christian Exercises in the Eastern Form 1978

Barbara Dent, My Only Friend is Darkness: Living the Night of Faith with St John of the Cross

The Marriage of All and Nothing: Selected Writings of Barbara Dent, Edited by Mary Freiburger 2002 A sequel to My Only Friend is Darkness, Dents writings gives flesh and bones to the notion of the “dark night of the soul.”

Neil Douglas-Klotz, Editor, Prayers of the Cosmos: Reflections on the Original Meaning of Jesus’s Words, 1990.  Reinterpreting the Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes from the vantage of Middle Eastern mysticism.   (From Patricia Treece Library after her death

Brian Doyle The Thorney Grace of It: And other Essays for the Imperfect Catholics 2013

Thomas Dubay, S.M.   Fire Within; St Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gosper—on Prayer 1989  a practical guide to making progress in prayer.


Kathleen Fischer   Autumn Gospel: Women in the Second Half of Life 1995 Spiritual dimensions of women’s middle and later years.

James Finley, Merton’s Palace of Nowhere 2003, a thoughtful contemplation on Thomas Merton’s life by a fellow monk.

David Frenette The Path to Centering Prayer; Deepening your Experience of God 2017 A invaluable book for those seeking to grow in silence

Thelma Hall,r.c., Too Deep for Words: Rediscovering Lectio Divina With 500 Scripture Texts for Prayer, 1998

Maureen Hovenkotter, Editor Real Women, Real Wisdom: A Journey Into the Feminine Soul 2011.  Stories of transformative experiences.

Erling Kagge Silence: In the Age of Noise 2018Essays on the experience of silence

Thomas Keating Reflections on the Unknowable 2014 Developing our experience of Christian Contemplative tradition.

Forgiveness: The Contemplative Life Program, 40 day practice,  2005

Open Mind, Open Heart: the Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel;  Revised 2006 2 copies

Journey to the Center: A Lenten Passage 1999

Intimacy with God 1994

The Mystery of Christ: The Liturgy as Spiritual Experience 2003

Robert E. Kennedy,  Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit: The Place of Zen in Christian Life  2004

Daniel Ladinsky, The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, the Great Sufi Master 1999 (From Patricia Treece Library after her death)

Martin Laird Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation 2006

Jean-Yves Leloup, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. 2002   A Renewal of the sacred feminine in the Western spiritual tradition.  (From Patricia Treece Library after her death)



George A. Maloney, S.J., Editor  Hymns of Divine Love by St. Symeon, the New Theologian: 

Songs of praise by one of the great mystics of all church history, newly translated by
Who will be able, O Master, to speak of You?
Those who ignore You fail, for they know nothing at all
and those who in their faith acknowledge Your divinity
know not what to say because You are beyond our mind.

Vitalis Lehodey, Rt. Rev. Dom, The Ways of Mental Prayer  1982   One of the Church’s greatest classics on prayer; “prayer of quiet” and “prayer of union.”

Frederica Mathewes-Green, Praying the Jesus Prayer 2011 The simple prayer developed in the deserts of Eqypt during the early centuries of Christian Faith (From Patricia Treece Library after her death)

William Menniger, OCSO Julian of Norwich: A Mystic for Today 2010

Thomas Merton New Seeds of Contemplation 2007

Seeds of Contemplation: Reflections on Mans Inner Life 1959

Passion for Peace: The Social Essays 1997

Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton: Entering the School of your Experience; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo and Robert g. Toth; 2006

Nan C. Merrill Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness 2005

Stephen Mitchell, The Gospel According to Jesus: Guide to His Essential Teachings for Believers and Unbelievers 1991 (From Patricia Treece Library after her death)

J. David Muyskens Sacred Breath: Forty Days of Centering Prayer 2010; Helpful in group process

Henri Nouwen Discernment; reading the Signs of Daily Life 2013; Noumen’s wisdom about the practice of spiritual discernment

Turn My Mourning into Dancing: Finding Hope in Hard Times 2001

The NAG Hammardi Scriptures: The Definitive Collection of the Gnostic Writings, 2007 Edited by Marvin Meyer


The Philokalia; The Complete text compiled by St Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St Makarios of Corinth, Volume One, Two, Three and Four;  2 copies of volume four,  Translated from the Greek and edited by G.E.H. Palmer; Philip Sherrard and Kallistos Ware 1995

Evagrius Ponticus, The Praktikos and Chapters on Prayer 1972  The link between Hellenistic philosophers and Christian monasticism.  Ponticus was born in 345 in present-day Turkey.

Marie-Eugene, O.C.D. I Am a Daughter of the Church: A Practical Synthesis of Carmelite Spirituality 1955 reprinted 1997

I Want to See God Volume 1: A Practical Syntheses of Carmelite Spirituality   1953

Laura Swan The Forgotten Desert Mothers: Sayings, Lives, and Stories of Early Christian Women 2001

Patricia Treece: Apparitions of Modern Saints: Appearances of Therese of Lisieux, Padre Pio, Don Bosco and Others  2001.    2 copies, one issued in 1987

Mornings with Therese of Lisieux: 120 Daily Readings 1997  2 copies

Quiet Moments with Padre Pio; 120 Daily Readings 1999

Meet Padre Pio: Beloved Mystic, Miracle-Worker and Spiritual Guide 2001

Through the Year with Padre Pio: Daily Readings   2003

The Mystical Body: An Investigation of Supernatural Phenomena 2005

Nothing Short of a Miracle: God’s Healing Power in Modern Saints. Reprint 2013

The Sanctified Body: A Gripping Investigation of Bilocation, Levitation, Supernatural Energy and Other Mystical Phenomena 1993

Frank X Tuoti,  Why Not be a Mystic: An Irresistible Invitation to Experience the Presence of God—here and now.  1998

Judith Valente Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith 2013

A guide to find eternal silence in the midst of everyday noise.

Twenty Poems to Nourish the Soul 2006 with Charles Reynard

Cecilia A. Ranger, SNJM, Phd.   Everyday God: Reflections on Liturgy and Life 2018

Albert Soesman, Our Twelve Senses: How Healthy Senses Refresh the Soul 1998 The sensory overload of modern life can leave us feeling empty. Engage the senses of touch, life, self-movement, balance, smell, taste, vision, temperature, hearing language,  conceptual, and ego. (From Patricia Treece Library after her death)

St. Symeon Hymns of Divine Love: Songs of Praise by one of the great Mystics of all Church History   Translated by George A Maloney, SJ.

Robert J. Wicks Everyday Simplicity: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Growth 2005 The search begins right where we are

Macrina Wiederkehr, A Three Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary 1995

A.N. Williams, The Ground of Union: Deification in Aquinas and Palamas 1999; an attempt to reconcile Eastern and Western Christianity concerning the doctrine of God