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“100 Top Contemplative Proponents Evangelical Christians Turn to Today”
by Lighthouse Trails   
January 17th, 2012

Over the years, many of our readers have asked for a list of authors who are promoting contemplative prayer. Well here is a list we have compiled. This is from 10 years of research at Lighthouse Trails. The list includes those authors who directly teach contemplative prayer as well as those who have consistently promoted contemplative prayer teachers. All of the names below are in one of these two categories. If you are a skeptic, this is not guilt by association, but is rather guilt by promotion or proxy. It is not possible to list every single contemplative prayer advocate, as the number of those in this category increases weekly with new book releases. Some of these names are not “evangelical” Christians but are to be found in either the Catholic camp or the New Age camp. We include those in this list because they are names that are being recommended or referenced by evangelical/Protestant leaders. We have found these names below to be the most influential in this area. At times, we will replace names with others as they come to our attention. If you need information on any of these names below, you can find most of them using our blog search engine or our research site Topical Index.

1. Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

2. Agnes Sanford

3. Alan Jones

4. Anne Lamott

5. Anthony de Mello

6. Basil Pennington

7. Beatrice Bruteau

8. Bernard of Clairvaux

9. Beth Moore

10. Brennan Manning

11. Brian McLaren

12. Brother Lawrence

13. Calvin Miller

14. Carl McColman

15. Chuck Smith, Jr.

16. Dallas Willard

17. Daniel Goleman

18. Dan Kimball

19. David Benner

20. David Crowder

21. David Steindl-Rast

22. Desert Fathers

23. Doug Pagitt

24. Emilie Griffin

25. Eugene Peterson

26. Evelyn Underhill

27. Gary Thomas

28. Gerald May

29. Gerald Sittser

30. Henri Nouwen

31. Hildegard of Bingen

32. Ignatius of Loyola

33. James Goll

34. Jan Johnson

35. Jean-Nicholas Gru

36. John Michael Talbot

37. John of the Cross

38. John Ortberg

39. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

40. J.P. Moreland

41. Julian of Norwich

42. Karl Rahner

43. Keith Drury

44. Ken Blanchard

45. Ken Boa

46. Keri Wyatt Kent

47. Kurt Bjorklund

48. Kyle Strobel

49. Larry Crabb

50. Laurie Beth Jones

51. Leighton Ford

52. Leonard Sweet

53. Liz Babbs

54. Madame Guyon

55. Maggie & Duffy Robbins

56. Marcus Borg

57. Marjorie Thompson

58. Mark Driscoll

59. Mark Virkler

60. Mark Yaconelli

61. Max Lucado

62. Meister Eckhart

63. Michael Card

64. Mike Bickle

65. Mindy Caliguire

66. Morton Kelsey

67. Pete Greig

68. Pete Scazzero

69. Peter Senge

70. Philip St. Romain

71. Phillip Yancey

72. Phyllis Tickle

73. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

74. Pope Benedict XVI

75. Richard Foster

76. Richard Peace

77. Richard Rohr

78. Richard Rolle

79. Rick Warren

80. Rob Bell

81. Robert Webber

82. Ruth Haley Barton

83. St Anthony

84. St. Catherine of Siena

85. St. Ignatius Loyola

86. St. John of the Cross

87. St. Teresa of Avila

88. Sue Monk Kidd

89. The Cloud of Unknowing by an Anonymous Monk

90. Thomas Aquinas

91. Thomas Keating

92. Thomas Merton

93. Tilden Edwards

94. Todd Bentley

95. Tony Campolo

96. Tony Jones

97. Tricia Rhodes

98. William Paul Young

99. William Shannon

100. Willow Creek Association

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