The Art of Praying

The Principles and Methods of Christian Prayer

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Where did you learn to pray?

At your mother's knee? From the nun or brother who taught your religion class? Has your understanding of prayer matured since then, or do you simply pray, year after year, as you were taught as a child?

No wonder most people have so many erroneous notions about prayer. No wonder our prayers are still far from what they should be!

This remarkable book offers practical ways you can improve your prayers today and grow closer to God. The topics include:

  • How to pray well even when your heart is empty
  • Determining the prayer schedule that's right for you
  • St. Francis of Assisi - the five words that gave this holy man an entire night of contemplation
  • The saints: why all Christians should pray to them - and with them!
  • Spontaneous prayer - why it can be less genuine than formal prayers
  • "Vague cosmic worship" - has it crept into your prayers?
  • The Rosary - just how much of it should you be saying?
  • The posture of prayer - should you pray sitting, standing, or kneeling? It makes a difference!
  • Family prayer: practical hints to make yours even better
  • The Psalms, adoration, liturgical prayer…and much more!

 

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"An inspiring prayer guide for us all! Highly recommended."

Scott Hahn
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"Guardini is a master of the spiritual life. It is a blessing to have his book on prayer available in English."

Ralph Martin
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"Long ago, Msgr. Guardini helped teach me how to pray. I still rely on his thought and I cannot recommend this book highly enough."

Rev. Benedict Groeschel
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"This book by a true man of prayer has helped me pray better. I am grateful for it."

Rev. George Rutler
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"You will find yourself instructed, illumined, and bidden to come further into the precincts where prayer is continually offered."

Thomas Howard
  • Pages: 192
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-0-918477-34-7
  • Product Code: 344
  • Availability: In Stock
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Great practical advice on most every aspect of prayer life
This book does not shy away from the number one issue people have with praying--praying is hard. It's a conversation with God that all too often feels one-sided. It's easy to be distracted by other, mundane things while going through rote prayers. It's hard to find time (and patience). Prayer has no practical, tangible, visible results. Authentic prayer should well up from a deep and profound movement, a fully and clear manifestation of God's presence. Guardini not only acknowledges these problems, they are the very first issues he confronts. This book is a very helpful and enlightening look at prayer life for individuals, especially those who struggle to find the time, energy, and proper method for a prayer life.
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Now on my list of favorites. And it made it to a second list: books I will read more than once. If you're on the fence, take the leap. You won't regret buying this book.
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An inspiring book with much practical wisdom
An excellent read that strengthens one's faith and understanding of prayer. Though written many years ago, the wisdom contained in this book is as relevant today as ever. All Christians - Protestant or Catholic - should find this book practical and inspiring.
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Great if you are having difficulty praying
This book helped me understand the different kinds of prayer and that prayer is a practice of the will springing from, and leading to, faith.
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Clear, practical, and uplifting
This is very clear, practical and helpful spiritual writing. I enjoyed the flow of thought, and it raised my spirits to learn what he had to say.
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