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Books produced by Prison Contemplative Fellowship

In Finding God Within, Leonardini demonstrates the extraordinary power of contemplative prayer in transforming the lives of prisoners and offers insightful analyses of biblical passages that show the power of prayer, faith, and surrender to ease addiction, stress, and despair.

“A long-time prisoner practicing centering prayer once said to me on a visit as I was leaving, ‘Chaplain, do you see that high fence with the barbed wire? There are a lot of people beyond it who are not free. I’ll never leave this place, but I’m free!’ “

Sister Mary Catherine Marie Bazar, O.P., Chaplain, Twin Towers Correctional Facility, Los Angeles, CA

“This book offers all of us, no matter where we are serving time, a way to open our hearts to the God who heals, the God within.

Scott Wood, Clinical Professor and Director of the Center for Restorative Justice, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA

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In Going Inside (the companion text to Finding God Within), Leonardini offers a practical manual for all those who are engaged, or are thinking of becoming engaged, with contemplative prayer in prison. With advice from his own experience as well as that of prisoners themselves, Going Inside is an essential tool to enable your Centering Prayer groups to be effective and transformative for everyone involved.

“I only wish I had this guidance and advice when I was a jail chaplain for fourteen years.”

Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation; author, Breathing under Water

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Over years of teaching and practicing contemplative prayer in prisons and outside prison walls, Leonardini writes of the pervasive and destructive reality of toxic shame and ways of dealing with it. Proper applications of contemplative prayer can facilitate remarkable transformation and new-found personal freedom. The book is based on actual cases and insights from the people suffering this Toxic Shame.

“By allowing prisoners to speak of their own shame we hear in their voices echoes of our own.”

Martin Laird, O.S.A. Lecturer, Retreat Director, and Author of An Ocean of Light

“Through anecdotal stories and simple explanations, he gently awakens his readers to the reality of Toxic Shame and the destructive power it has on one’s psyche and spiritual life.”

Fr. Vincent Pizzuto, PhD, Teacher and Author of Contemplating Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life

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Contemplation, Centering Prayer, Christian Meditation are all words that describe a unique, deeply Christian form of wordless prayer.