Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion

Pilgrim Press, 2006

Geoffrion, an  American Baptist minister and certified labyrinth facilitation, is the author of seven books on the labyrinth.  This is her latest, which linclude inspiring  words and images for reflection, space to write, and suggestions for pilgrimages to aid one's meditation with the labyrinth. 

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St. Ignatius of Loyola

Anthony Mottola, translator

Image Doubleday, 1964

This is the classic study and retreat guide written in 1533 by St, Ignatius for thirty days of prayer.

Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geffrion

Pilgrim Press, 1999

Certified labyrinth facilitator Geffrion leads readers into the labyrinth as a vehicle for prayer and meditation.  WIth exercises for preparation, contemplation, writing, and welcoming others into the walk, she is an expert and gentle guide for those new to the labyrinth as well as those who want to refresh their journey. 

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Jean-Yves Leloup

Paulist Press, 2003

Leloup, biblical scholar and contemplative, presents the writings from the ancient church's tradition of the Desert Fathers, including Evagrius, St. John Cassian, and Father Seraphim.  These works focus on the heart as the source of spiritual peace and opening, attained through stillness within.

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Sister Wendy Beckett

Orbis Books, 2010

As she did in her pilgrimage to find the earliest icons of Mary in her last book, Encounters with God, Beckett goes the distance to see these exquisite icons of Jesus and the saints as she journeys to their various places on the globe.

John Anthony McGukin

Shambhala, 2002

These spiritual texts from the early Christan mothers and fathers of the desert in the Arab Christian world are from the fourth to the eleventh centuries.

Roberta C. Bondi

Fortress Press, 1991


Bondi, a retired professor of early church history and author of To Love as God Loves, focuses on the prayer of the desert  mothers and fathers and what we learn about prayer from the wisdom of their experience. She examines the struggles of all of us to develop a deeper relationship with God through prayer and shows us path to a fuller life of prayer as the monastics taught.

Megan Don

New World Library, 2005

The wisdom found in The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila, a 16th-century nun, has been translated into contemporary English.  Each short chapter is followed by mediations to help the reader further contemplate her words. 

St. John of the Cross

E. Allison Peers, translator and editor

Dover Publications, 2008

The beautifully written spiritual classic by a 16th-century Carmelite monk, St. John of the Cross. 

Martin Laird

Oxford University Press, 2011


Laird, the author of Into the Silent Land,  this new book is its companion.  The book explores again the inner world of contemplation and the wide spaciousness of God's presence within and its impact on our emotional maturity. He looks to the great mystic saints for examples of this spiritual path.

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