First Sight

The Experience of Faith

Laurence Freeman re-defines faith for our secular age. He draws on his wide experience and travels in the modern world to show how a new sense of the spiritual dimension can transform the way we approach education, business, mental health, the environment, inter-religious dialogue and our view of ourselves in society.

Laurence Freeman shows that the basic experience of contemplation is the experience of faith and that we all need to develop this in order to become fully human. We are all capable of it - indeed we are designed for it. This experience awakens us in every aspect of our life and can be realised by those who live and work outside the walls of a monastery. Indeed, through the experience of meditation, this experience transforms not only our lives but our communities and societies as well. His insight reveals faith as being much more than belief: it is a contemplative vision that that changes us, first of all, from within. 

Moving from this new vision and fresh thinking, illustrated vividly from his own life experience, Laurence Freeman leads to practice. Meditation, he shows, offers an accessible and attractive antidote to the current cult of speed and distraction. He does not deny that this needs discipline but because it is radically simple it is a path that all can integrate.


First Sight is the sequel to Laurence Freeman's acclaimed book Jesus: the Teacher Within.

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Product Details

ISBN: 978-1-4411-6157-4

Specifications: 215x136mm, 168pp

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing


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