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9781451470512-BSAK-book-cover-small-optBE STILL AND KNOW: GOD’S PRESENCE IN SILENCE

by Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

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• Explores the early Christian practice of silence as a path to God

• Internationally recognized author and PBS documentary film-maker

• Meets the current reader interest in being spiritual but not religious

Early Christian spirituality is a topic of enduring fascination today among scholars and general readers alike. Stories of hermits living in the desert in their pursuit of God catch our fancy. What motivated them and drew them to silence on their path to God? In this gracious tour, Norris J. Chumley introduces us to hesychasm, or silence, and to the lives of its early practitioners. The reader is introduced to St. Anthony, St. Pachomius, Evagrius, St. John Climacus, and many others. Then, as only a teacher and mentor can, he opens up the important possibilities the practice has for today.




Introduction-Silence (Hesychia): A Method for Experiencing God

Part One-Development and Methodology of Hesychia Through Stories of the Ancient Practitioners

Part Two-Silence (Hesychia) in Contemporary Focus: Methodology and

Importance of the Practices Inside and Outside Monasteries


Appendix 1: Glossary of Terms

Appendix 2: Chronology of Places Visited and Persons Interviewed for This Book and Bibliography

Norris J. Chumley earned his doctorate from Union Theological Seminary. He is an internationally recognized author and film-maker, a Huffington Post contributing editor, an Emmy award winner, and the author of Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer. (

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