2nd Edition!!! – If somebody would asked me “What would you make differently in your life, if you could start from scratch?” I would answer: “I would pray more and would trust in God more.” “Praying”, the trustful conversation with God is so naturally for the Christians like the air we need to breathe. That is easy said. Is it clear to us, that our faith dwarfs to an ideology, when we don’t pray anymore? Our faith lives by the prayer. Praying is the breathing of the faith. And nevertheless: often we don’t know how we should pray. Even the disciples of Jesus, which come from a rich Jewish praying tradition, don’t know exactly what they should say in the prayer. Actually astonishing, they yet knew the Psalms, the prayer book of the Jews. “How shall we pray?” they ask Jesus. His answer is the “Our Father”. But prayer is much more.What prayer is shall be reflected in this little book. In addition to that I show with own prayers how one can pray. Different scriptures illuminate how the Jews, how Jesus and the early Christians prayed.
under the mainstream
of good looking and likes
of public opinion and public enemy
flows a second stream
of silence self-acceptance and aloofness
which is your true self
when you realize your inner world
you become free of the outer one
I am a long time on the road of spirituality. I am a Christian as long as I can think. But the road widened with my theological studies. One important role played Meister Eckhart, the master of spirituality! Nowadays he is becoming modern again, therefore I reserved him an expanded space in this book. If you understand him, on the one hand you will better understand the current discussions between Christian faith and Zen-Buddhism, on the other hand you will experience a great enrichment for your spiritual life.
But that’s not all what you can find in this book. You can join me on my own spiritual journey, because you find a lot of my most important thoughts and texts here. Some you may already know from my blog but in my opinion that is not so bad. For I have gathered here the highlights and key texts, so to speak “the cream of the crop” of my pieces of wisdom, creeds and sermons.
There is also a German book of me with the same title on the market: “Gott und Zen”. It also gives you an overview of my work. But it contains in large part entirely different texts. If you speak German you will benefit by reading the German version too. And vice versa: Germans with good English skills will benefit of this English edition too.