Prayer of the Heart

The Contemplative Tradition of the Christian East

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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This new edition of Prayer of the Heart brings back into print a pioneering work that sold almost 70,000 copies in its first edition. George Maloney, S.J. (1924–2005), a leading exponent of the Eastern Christian spiritual tradition in the decades after Vatican II, opens up the Eastern Christian tradition of prayer—in particular the Jesus Prayer—to Western Christians in a clear and practical manner. Unmatched as a readable and comprehensive guide to Eastern spirituality during its fifteen-year history of publication, it fills a void in the spirituality market for today’s readers as well.

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Pages: 224

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594711831

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A spiritual classic.”

    “It is with a special joy to know that George Maloney's masterful treatise on the Jesus Prayer is being reprinted. Shortly after our first meeting, Fr. George taught me the Jesus Prayer, which was to become a “murmuring stream” in my heart. Of the many books in my library on the Jesus Prayer—and the fifty or more of his books rich in scripture and the teachings of the great mystics of Orthodoxy—his lived exposition of the Jesus Prayer stands out as a spiritual classic.”

    Frank X. Tuoti
    ​​​​​​Author of Why Not Be a Mystic?

  • “Ground-breaking.”

    “It is a truly wonderful thing to see the reissuing 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 readers to the riches of the Orthodox 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.”

    Rev. John McGuckin
    Professor of Byzantine Christian History
    Columbia University

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