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Prayer of the Heart
in Christian and Sufi Mysticism

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
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... with the understated simplicity of a true spiritual master, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee seamlessly weaves these complementary traditions into a single tapestry of singular power and beauty... this book offers yet another profound contribution to the collective evolution of our hearts.

—Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault,
from the Foreword

"... parallels the prayer practices of Sufi and Christian mysticism with ease.... Vaughan-Lee's prayerful prose is poetic, inclusive, and intelligent."

—Publishers Weekly

"... draws together the Christian and Sufi traditions of mystical prayer ... Vaughan-Lee's clearly written little guide will be gratifying and absorbing for those interested in mysticism and alternate routes toward the love of God."

—Library Journal

... an excellent book ... As we recover more and more of the ancient contemplative traditions, we are finding immense similarities in goal, practice, and effects. At the mystical level, we are seemingly talking about the same experience, despite our different vocabularies and styles! Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee makes this sacred journey both clear and inviting.

—Fr. Richard Rohr, Franciscan Priest, author,
and founder Center for Action and Contemplation


Prayer of the Heart in Christian & Sufi Mysticism
guides the reader through the stages of mystical prayer. Mystical prayer is a way to create a living relationship with the Divine within the heart. Drawing on Christian and Sufi sources such as St. Teresa of Avila, Attar, St. John of the Cross, and Rumi, as well as from his own experience, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee describes how prayer is first born of need, but then takes one deep within the heart, into the stages of Union and Ecstasy. Through mystical prayer, one is drawn beyond any words into the interior silence of real communion with God. Here, in the silence within the heart, a meeting and merging takes place that carries us beyond our self into the mystery of divine presence, into the secret nature of love's oneness.

Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism explores the inner listening of the heart, and the secret of 'pray without ceasing' in which we discover how prayer becomes alive within the heart. Finally there is a chapter on the need at this time to pray for the Earth. How can we pray for the well-being of the Earth? How can we include the Earth in our prayers and our heart?

This little book is an offering of the heart that brings together the Christian and Sufi mystical traditions in the oneness of love to which they belong. It will benefit any practitioner of prayer, anyone who is drawn to discover a relationship with God within their heart.

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"The seamless manner in which Vaughan-Lee moves back and forth between the Christian and Sufi mystics bears witness to the divine love that wholly transcends, even as it wholly permeates the mystical dimensions of the world's great religions and, for that matter, all of existence... This book is a little gem that will be savored and treasured by all who are being interiorly drawn along the path of love."

James Finley, Ph.D, Merton scholar and author,
Merton's Palace of Nowhere, Christian Meditation:
Experiencing the Presence of God
, and
The Contemplative Heart


“... an extraordinary blend of passion and dignity ... guides us deep into the blazing quiet of our own being, where prayer becomes the magic carpet that carries us to union with the object of our most profound longinga union that results in the melting of lover into Beloved, so that only love remains. This, Llewellyn teaches us, is our sacred birthright.

Mirabai Starr, translator, Dark Night of the Soul by
St. John of the Cross, and The Interior Castle
and The Book of My Life by St. Teresa of Avila

“... brings together the Christian and Sufi inner paths of devotion in a beautiful, compelling way. Combining his own deep personal experience with writings ranging from St. Teresa of Avila to Mevlana Rumi and Abdul Qadir Jilani, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee has produced something unique: not an academic treatise, but a poetic book on prayer meaningful to the everyday lives of seekers in both traditions, a prayer of the heart in its own right.

Neil Douglas-Klotz, author, Prayers of the Cosmos
and The Sufi Book of Life


This is a precious little book.... one of those rare works that emerges from the heart and leads us into unified consciousness. Its gentle and poetic words echo the calling of my heartreminding me to return home.

Edward Bastian, Ph.D., Spiritual Paths Foundation


"This exquisitely beautiful book opens us up tenderly to the astonishing mysteries of the human heart. We experience a 'Glow of Presence.' We feel loved, blessed and kissed by Spirit."

Imam Jamal Rahman, cofounder and cominister
of Interfaith Community Church in Seattle, and author
The Fragrance of Faith: the Enlightened Heart of Islam



paperback, ISBN 978-1-890350-35-2, 128 Pages, 5.3 x 7.25 inches
publication date: May 1, 2012
$12.95 US, £9.95 UK
, Europe: SFR 17.-- / EUR 14.--, LB 33
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