Hidden Mountain, Secret Garden: A Theological Contemplation on Prayer

Hidden Mountain, Secret Garden: A Theological Contemplation on Prayer

by Anthony Lilles (2012)

Dr. Lilles has a very poetic writing style that, at its best, captivates the reader. There are passages where this is true sporadically throughout  the first 100 pages of this work. The second 100 pages are almost entirely characteristic of this style. The first 100 pages seem like a warm up once you have gotten deep into pages 100-200. This is a very rewarding book. I would go so far as to characterize it as a modern classic. Yes, it’s only two years old.  Still true.

Here are a couple of excerpts, among many, that really spoke to me:

Storms of Destruction

Prayer and Mercy

 

UPDATE: Another great lyrical quote/excerpt is:

After God awakens us spiritually and we set out on a pilgrimage through the darkness of our hearts to find Him,  we soon discover that this quest is being taken up in the midst of a great spiritual war. Unlike a platonic worldview where the higher realms of spiritual existence are more peaceful than the worlds of material being, our apostolic faith reveals there is a war in heaven, and the earth is an enemy-occupied battlefield. The enemies we confront in this war and the battles we are given to fight are not distractions. God uses these spiritual enemies who stand in our way to lead us deeper into the mysterious nights in which He awaits us in love.

– pg. 102

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