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Jeanne Guyon: Learning to Pray in the Digital Age from an Imprisoned Mystic

May 11th, 2023 | 9 min read

By Stephanie Bennett

Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon (1648–1717) discovered a particular discipline of prayer in which she could inhabit the “peace of God in the very midst of oppression and intense hardship.”[1] Her autobiography and books of Biblical study are fertile ground for the maturing Christian, but it is her shorter work, Union With God that remains most widely read and useful in devotional practice. The text, edited and revised from her publication in 1685, A Short and Easy Method of Prayer, continues to inspire believers to remain more fully in the rest and peace of Christ, and has appeared in various forms and editions over 300 years.

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