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Bridge across Troubled Waters

Centering Prayer and the Theological Divide

Kess Frey Foreword by Thomas Keating

222 pp.  
6" x 9"

Lindisfarne Books


Published:  May 2017


  • “According to Frey, seekers of God are looking at the same phenomenon from two radically different theological points of view. What they see and how they react depend on deeply held belief systems that evaluate faith teachings and spiritual experiences from two different perspectives.... The Good News that Jesus reveals in the Gospel is that God loves us, is present within us always, and seeks to transform us into his own divine light, life, and love. This teaching needs to come first in religious instruction.”
    Fr. Thomas Keating

Bridge across Troubled Waters is written to clarify a variety of misperceptions and criticisms regarding Centering Prayer. It is also written to explore the intimacy of the divine relationship we all have with God. The aim is to build a healing bridge of mutual understanding and regard across the divide that separates Christians who embrace Centering Prayer from those who doubt or oppose it.

This book is intended for all those who are curious about Centering Prayer and who may have been exposed to criticisms of the prayer, so they may learn about it from a pro-Centering-Prayer perspective and then make an informed assessment. It is also intended for doubters and critics, as an invitation to reconciliation and to considering Centering Prayer from another’s viewpoint. Ultimately, Bridge across Troubled Waters is meant for anyone with interest in these issues and in experiencing a new view of the dynamic two-way relationship we all have with God.


  • Foreword by Thomas Keating
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  1. Our Common Ground, Human and Spiritual
  2. Bridging the Theological Divide
  3. Far Away so Close: The Divine Relationship
  4. The Gift of Contemplation and Centering Prayer
  5. The Method and Process of Centering Prayer
  6. Affirming and Opposing Centering Prayer
  7. Calming the Troubled Waters
  8. Divides and Their Crossing
  9. Bridging Created Reality to Non-created Reality
  • Appendix: Silence and Solitude

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  • The Thomas Keating Reader : Selected Writings from the Contemplative Outreach Newsletter
  • Human Ground, Spiritual Ground : Paradise Lost and Found
  • The One Who Loves Us : Centering Prayer and Evolving Consciousness
  • Consenting to God as God Is

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