Haley Barton, Contemplative Prayer,
and the Spiritual Formation Movement
Haley Barton is the former associate director of spiritual formation
at Willow Creek Community Church. Here's what she says about contemplative prayer:
for a simple prayer to express your willingness to meet God in the
a simple statement
such as "Here I am."
Help yourself return to your original intent by repeating
the prayer that you have chosen." Ruth Haley Barton Quotes taken from Discipleship Journal
Vol. 113 1999
What Is She Doing Now That She Has Left Willow Creek Community Church?
She Is Founder of the
The Transforming Center
Quotes from Barton's Followers
Haley Barton's Invitation to Solitude and Silence:
Experiencing God's Transforming Presence, is a good
first step in this direction. She presents contemplative
prayer in a manner that most evangelicals will
be comfortable with."
Haley Barton, who studied spiritual direction at the well-respected Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, makes it clear that An Ordinary
Day With Jesus is not a drive through experience, but
the embodying of ancient disciplines and practices that
can revolutionize our lives, over the slow, long haul."
From Her Own Mouth
"A few years ago, I began to recognize an inner chaos in my soul . . . No matter how much I prayed, read the Bible, and listened to good teaching, I could not calm the internal roar created by questions with no answers." "Beyond Words:Experience God's presence in silence and solitude "
"I sought out a spiritual director, someone well versed in the ways of the soul … eventually this wise woman said to me, … ‘What you need is stillness and silence so that the sediment can settle and the water can become clear.’ … I decided to accept this invitation to move beyond my addiction to words."