Bridge Across Troubled Waters

Centering Prayer and the Theological Divide

Kess Frey; Foreword by Thomas Keating

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  • Attempts to clear up some of the misconceptions about Centering Prayer
  • Refocuses on the benefits of this unqiue method of quietly resting in God
  • Written in a spirit of openness and reconciliation

Addresses some of the criticisms and misunderstanding around Centering Prayer and offers a new perspective on the forty-year-old approach to meditation.

229 x 152 mm
Lindisfarne Books
Religion & Spirituality
222 pages
Publication date:
16 Aug 2018


Centering Prayer is a type of Christian meditation which can add depth to all types of prayer, and emphasises a quiet, resting and receptive openness to God. Since its emergence about forty years ago, it has been variously criticised or misunderstood, and this book aims to build a healing bridge of mutual respect and understanding.

The book is written for anyone interested in Centering Prayer, to find out more about this dynamic way of having a relationship with God, and also as an invitation to its critics, to reconsider the approach in a spirit of reconciliation.


Kess Frey was born in 1945 and grew up in California. He met Thomas Keating in 1989 and has been involved with the Centering Prayer movement ever since. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where he offers introductory Centering Prayer workshops, facilitates prayer groups and retreats, and is active in prison ministry.

Thomas Keating is a founding member and the spiritual guide of Contemplative Outreach. He has served on Contemplative Outreach's Board of Trustees since the organisation's beginning and is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board. Fr. Keating is one of the principal architects and teachers of the Christian contemplative prayer movement.

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