norris j. chumley

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D., theologian and adjunct professor at New York University Kanbar School of Film and Television, is also an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer, director, and author. His work has been featured in theaters, universities, film festivals, churches and community centers worldwide and on American network television on PBS, NBC, ABC, A&E, USA, Showtime/The Movie Channel, HBO/Cinemax, and WNET/13 (New York City). read more

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Be Still and Know

Early Christian spirituality is a topic of enduring fascination today among scholars and general readers alike. Stories of hermits living in the desert in their pursuit of God catch our fancy. What motivated them and drew them to silence on their path to God? In this gracious tour, Norris J. Chumley introduces us to Hesychasm, or the practice of silence and contemplative prayer, and to the lives of its early practitioners. read more

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ISBN: 9781451470512
Format: Paperback
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“"In Be Still and Know, Norris J. Chumley invites readers behind the curtain to experience ascetic practices and practitioners seldom seen. . . ." read more

—David A. Sánchez
Loyola Marymount University


"Having followed the development of Be Still and Know from beginning to end, I can attest to its genuine and caring
incentive. . . ." read more

—John Chryssavgis
Author of In the Heart of the Desert


"Norris J. Chumley's book is timely—the academic study of spirituality is on the rise and silence is increasingly hard to come by in the developed
world. . . ." read more

—Eileen M. Daily
Loyola University Chicago


". . . Be Still and Know, drawing as much on modern spiritual elders, as on the saints of the past, fulfils a very urgent need." read more

—Andrew Louth 
Durham University