Alphonsus de Liguori

Aquinas, Thomas

BAILEY, ALICE: Founder of the Arcane School, an offshoot of Theosophy - authored several books through a "spirit guide."

Bartron, Ruth Haley

Benedict of Nursia

Bernard of Clairvaux

BLACKABY, HENRY Author of “Experiencing God” workbook and seminars.  Taught among SBC and
Roman Catholics. Promoted by Rick Warren.

BLANCHARD, KEN: Founder of Ken Blanchard Companies and “Lead Like Jesus” Leadership Conferences.

Boers, Arthur 

BROTHER LAWRENCE: (1605-1691) Carmelite layman, author of “Practicing the Presence of God”. Believed God was in all things.

Campolo Tony

CANFIELD, JACK: Creator and author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.  *New Age.

Catherine of Siena

Catherine of Genoa

Chesterton, G.K.

Covey Steven

CRABB, LARRY: *Christian Clinical Psychologist, author, Spiritual Director and Advisor for American Association of Christian Counselors.

Collins, Jim

Day, Dorothy

Doherty, Catherine

Eckhart, Meister

EDWARDS, TILDEN: Founder of the Shalem Prayer Institute in Washington, DC.

Focus on the Family

Francis of Assisi

Francis de Sales

FOSTER, RICHARD: Quaker and Founder of Renovare and author of “Celebration of Discipline”, *the General Editor of “Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible”, and “Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home”

FOX, MATTHEW: Former Dominican priest and author of “The Coming of the Cosmic Christ”; developed Creation Spirituality; believes that God and Christ are in all things.


Guyon, Madame

Hildegard of Bingen

HYBELS, BILL: Pastor of Willowcreek Community Church, Hosts conferences with Contemplative Speakers such as Larry Crabb and Brian McLaren.  Hosted “Lead Like Jesus” 2004 Conference with Ken Blanchard.

Ignatius of Loyola

Issler, Klaus

JEREMIAH, DAVID Pastor of “Turning Point Ministries”, Author of “Life Wide Open”, Speaker at Ken Blanchard’s “Lead Like Jesus Seminars” and America Association of Christian Counselors.

John of the Cross


KEATING, THOMAS: Catholic monk, Co-father of the modern day Contemplative Prayer Movement.

Kelly, Thomas

Kempis, Thomas

Jennifer Kennedy

Julian of Norwich

KIMBALL, DAN: Author of “The Emerging Church” and a leader in the Emerging Church Movement. Promotes labyrinths and lectio divina.

Lawrence, Brother

Louf, Andrè

LUCADO, MAX : Author and Founder of UpWords. Speaker on an instructional DVD on Contemplative Prayer, titled “Be Still” which includes Richard Foster.

Main, John

MANNING, BRENNAN : Former Catholic priest, author of “Ragamuffin Gospel”, and “Abba’s Child”.
Promotes "the contemplative practice of the presence of God" as taught by the brother Lawrence a French monk of the  Carmelite monastery.(The Signature of Jesus page 69; page 177 ; page 182)

MARX HUBBARD, BARBARA: Influential New Ager who says of Christians: "Unaware of our evolutionary potential, they [Christians] prevent the action and response needed to transcend the terrestrial phase of our existence. They would annihilate the possibility of Universal Humanity by claiming we have no right to achieve it."

McKain, Dean and Larry

Maxwell, John

MCLAREN, BRIAN: Considered the main leader of the Emerging Church Movement, *New Age Promoter, Pastor.

MERTON, THOMAS: Now deceased Catholic monk *who wanted “to become as good a Buddhist as I can."

MONK KID, SUE: Mystic Author of “God's Joyful Surprise” a spiritual memoir describing her advent into contemplative Christian spirituality and “When the Heart Waits”.

Moody Bible Institute

MOORE, BETH : Founder of Living Proof Ministries for women. Speaker on an instructional DVD on
Contemplative Prayer, titled “Be Still” which includes Richard Foster.

Moreland, J.P.

Mother Teresa

NEE, WATCHMAN : Mystic Author of “The Spiritual Man”.

NOUWEN, HENRI:: Deceased Catholic theologian, *Contemplative Universalist, author of “In the Name of Jesus” and “The Way of the Heart”.

ORTBERG, JOHN Author of “Closer Than You Think”, 2005 favorably quotes contemplatives.

PECK, M. SCOTT:  *Psychiatrist, Author of “The Road Less Traveled”.

PETERSON, EUGENE : Author of “The Message” bible translation and the book “The Contemplative Pastor”. Endorses Foster.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Rahner, Karl

Reinhold, Amy

Rhodes, Tricia

Ruth Haley Barton

SANFORD, AGNES : *Author of ”Healing Light”, taught that the “Kingdom of God is within you”.

SCHULLER, ROBERT (Self-esteem):Pastor of Crystal Cathedral and the "Hour of Power" television program.
*Promotes Psychology

SENGE, PETER: Buddhist, Author and Founder of Society for Organizational Learning. New Age.

SHANNON, WILLIAM : New Age biographer of Thomas Merton.

SMITH, MICHAEL WChristian Musician. Promoter of Brennan Manning’s book “Above All”.

Spychalla, Peter

STANLEY, ANDY : Pastor, Spoke at Ken Blanchard’s “Lead Like Jesus” Conference in October, 2005.

STANLEY, CHARLES : SBC Evangelical Pastor, Author “How to Listen to God”. Espouses the belief that God continues to speak to man today outside of His Word. In the 9/93 In Touch magazine, Stanley quotes favorably from mystic Richard Foster's book “The Celebration of Discipline” (9/22).

Strahanm, Debra

Shirer, Priscilla 

Strobel Lee:

Sweet, Leonard

SWINDOLL, CHUCK: Evangelical Pastor of “Insight for Living”, author of “So, You Want to Be Like Christ? Eight Essentials to Get You There.” (A book on the solitude and silence of Contemplative Prayer.)

TALBOT, JOHN MICHAEl: Christian Musician. Practices Tai Chi and Yoga.  Writes on “Christian Meditation”.

TEASDALE, WAYNE: Coined the term “interspirituality”.

TERESA OF AVILA: *Catholic nun, author of "Book of Foundations", Quoted by Foster, Peterson

UNDERHILL, EVELYN: *Roman Catholic, author of “Mysticism”, wrote 39 books and over 350 articles.

WALSCH, NEAL DONALD: Author of “Conversations with God” and New Age leader who said, " The era of the  Single Savior is over. What is needed now is joint action, combined effort, collective co-creation." p. 157

Warren Kay: Kay Warren recommends Henri Nouwen's book, In the Name of Jesus and says this about Nouwen's book, "It hits at the heart of the minister.... I highlighted almost every word!"

WARREN, RICK: Pastor and author of the “Purpose-Driven Life”. *Promotes his Global P.E.A.C.E. plan involving 400,000 churches.

WILLIAMSON, MARIANNE: Contributed to making “A Course in Miracles” well known; currently involved with the Department of Peace.

Winfield, Bevins

YACONELLI, MARK: Son of the late Mike Yaconelli - very active in the Contemplative Prayer Movement.

YACONELLI, MIKE: The late founder and owner of Youth Specialties; promoted Contemplative Spirituality.