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When the Soul Listens: Finding Rest and Direction in Contemplative Prayer
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When the Soul Listens: Finding Rest and Direction in Contemplative Prayer


NavPress 1999

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Do you long for depth and authenticity in your relationship with God? Do you want purpose and daily direction but can’t seem to find the “right” prayer to receive it? “If prayer has ‘stopped working’ for you or if you want to know the reality of God, I invite you now to explore contemplative prayer and the lifestyle that allows you to experience God’s presence,” says Jan Johnson.

When the Soul Listens will guide you away from formulas and step-by-step plans toward true contemplative prayer. Learn to find rest and guidance in God, opening yourself to God’s presence and direction through this practical approach. If you are disillusioned, searching for something that makes sense, or experiencing spiritual dryness, When the Soul Listens offers a clear path to a fulfilling connection with God and helps you allow God to work change in your life through prayer. Isn’t that what you want?

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Key Features

  • Explores the idea of contemplative prayer and how to effectively practice it
  • Reads in a personal, conversational tone and style
  • Discusses how to live a contemplative life


  • Section One: Beyond Asking
    • When Prayer Stops “Working”
    • A New You
    • “My Sheep Hear My Voice”
    • A Cloud of Witnesses
  • Section Two: How Contemplation Works
    • The Contemplative Way
    • A Heart That Listens
    • The Alert Soul
    • Asking God Questions
    • What to Expect
  • Section Three: Wisdom in Contemplation
    • Hearing God with Clarity
    • Contemplatives Are Not “Loners”
    • A Contemplative Lifestyle
  • Section Four: What You’re Likely to Hear God Say in Contemplation
    • God Reveals Basic Truths
    • God Reveals Difficult Truths
    • God Reveals Himself

Praise for the Print Edition

Jan evokes a great longing and hunger to know Jesus better, encouraging us to stop and listen, not wanting to miss a word he has to say. She brings us face-to-face with the ever-present Jesus, reminding us of his greatness, love, and waiting for us to love him in return. This book creates a deep desire to share our daily life with him.

—Kathleen Hart, chaplain to student wives, Fuller Theological Seminary

If you are seeking a closer walk with God, this is the book for you; and if you are not seeking a closer walk with God, this is the book for you. It is a distillation of practical wisdom from a variety of wonderful sources and from Jan Johnson’s own experience. It has already enriched my own spiritual life, and I intend to come back to it over and over.

—Kay Lindskoog, author, The C. S. Lewis Hoax

Product Details

  • Title: When the Soul Listens: Finding Rest and Direction in Contemplative Prayer
  • Author: Jan Johnson
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 192

About Jan Johnson

Jan Johnson enjoys speaking at retreats and conferences, hoping to ignite within listeners a burning desire to know God in an authentic way and to live out a kingdom life in the daily companionship of Jesus. Unwilling to minimize the mystery of God or the human struggle, Jan presents biblical principles and characters in down-to-earth ways so that people can connect with God and become more thirsty for God. Her observations about life’s dilemmas give listeners a lot to study, ponder, and laugh about. As an author and spiritual director, Jan holds degrees in Christian education and spiritual direction, which along with many years of Bible teaching, have equipped her to write hundreds of published Bible study sessions. She is also the author of 16 books and more than 1,000 newspaper and magazine articles. Jan is the author of 13 books and more than one thousand Bible studies.