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The Recollected Heart

The Recollected Heart

A Guide to Making a Contemplative Weekend Retreat 

Author: Philip Zaleski

Price: $15.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 192

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-199-2

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: April 1, 2009

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Amid the chaos of work, family, and the myriad responsibilities that dominate our lives, the need for retreat remains ever-present. Calling us to solitude, reflection, and quiet, Philip Zaleski offers his monastic prescription for how to properly and effectively find spiritual refreshment.

First published in 1995 and now newly revised, The Recollected Heart offers readers all the tools needed to construct a tried and true monastic retreat at home or in a special silent place. Zaleski's book is replete with practical tips on packing, preparing, and spiritual goal-setting. He outlines the timeless pattern of The Rule of St. Benedict and brings us to a renewed sense of self and spiritual wellness.


"A wonderful book."

"Reading Philip Zaleski's The Recollected Heart made me want to drop everything and head for the hills to recover my capacity to truly live. It is a wonderful book, in its diction and well-crafted phrases to be sure, but more importantly in what Zaleski uses his words to say."

Huston Smith, Author of The World's Religions

"A first-class handbook."

"Phil Zaleski's guidelines for making a spiritual retreat are rooted in an awareness of the Divine and in his sense of the human need for respite. His tone is companionable, and he is respectful of our varying personalities and needs. A first-class handbook."

Barry Lopez, Author of Arctic Dreams and Crossing Open Ground

"Pure-hearted and companionable."

"On retreat, one finds the luxury that hides within simplicity, the power that lives within obedience, and the rich eloquence that silence contains. Philip Zaleski's pure-hearted and companionable book is a call to the best adventure of the soul that many of us have found. The more people who read it and respond to its summons, the saner and happier our world will be."

Pico Iyer, Author of The Open Road

"Has done what I would have thought to be impossible."

"With skill, tact, reverence, and enormous creative imagination Philip Zaleski has done what I would have thought to be impossible: he has actually established the atmosphere of a powerful monastic retreat weekend within the pages of a book."

Rev. Andrew M. Greeley, Author of The Catholic Imagination

"The whole spectrum of what retreat means."

"The whole spectrum of what retreat means—its holy uses as well as its methods and articulation—is more fully explored, and more completely conveyed, in this small book than in any other contemporary one I know of. It is not lost on most of us that the brevity of The Rule of St. Benedict, from which Zaleski’s manual depends, is lauded almost as much and as frequently as is its satisfying completeness. There is good reason to consider that fact here as well."

Phyllis Tickle, Compiler of The Divine Hours