An introduction to chanting as a spiritual practice that anyone can do. THE SACRED ART OF CHANT not only tells us about the practice of chant, it invites readers to use their own voices to create sacred sounds. Ana Hernandez describes her personal exploration of spiritual chanting and reveals how chant can cultivate clarity, focus, and peace, and ultimately lead to a more complete spiritual life. Drawing on chants from many faith traditions, THE SACRED ART OF CHANT is an invigorating guidebook for anyone who wants to enliven their own prayer experience in a unique way. It includes sacred chants written out with notation, complete bibliography, a list of Internet resources, and advice on how to incorporate chanting into daily life.
"This is a marvelous touchstone of heart-song for all who feel the spirit singing in prayer, meditation and daily life. Ana Hernandez brings the personal powers of chant to light for the neophyte, the curious as well as the monk."
-Don Campbell, musician and author of The Mozart Effect and The Roar of Silence
"One can hardly imagine a more engaging introduction to the practice of chant! Ana Hernandez, with honesty, humor and musical expertise, provides the reader with all that is needed to begin immediately to draw upon this spiritual resource."
-Katherine Le Mee, author of Chant and The Benedictine Gift to Music
"This call to practice is indeed inviting."
"This book about chant is much more than that, and it reads like a letter from a fascinating and unusual friend. I started humming to myself as I read it."
-John McQuiston II, author of Finding Time for the Timeless: Spirituality in the Workweek
"Even if you're convinced you can't sing, Hernandez's refreshing and unpretentious book convinces you that you can chant, awakens your wish to do so and shows you how to begin. You won't be able to resist her joyous invitation to enter with her into the realm of sacred sound and silence."
-Lorraine Kisly, author of Prayer of Fire: Experiencing the Lord's Prayer and editor-in-chief of Parabola: The Search for Meaning