Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home Hardcover – Aug 20 2002
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There are hundreds of books on prayer, and much of the advice they contain is likely to be the same. So what distinguishes these books? Call it a kind of wisdom, a sense that here's someone who knows something of God's heart. A good example can be found in this fine book by the Quaker writer and teacher Richard Foster. The author of the bestselling Celebration of Discipline explores various aspects of prayer, which he defines in one place as "the human response to the perpetual outpouring of love by which God lays siege to every soul." Beginning with the simplest forms of prayer--what he calls "ordinary people bringing ... ordinary concerns to a loving and compassionate Father"--he then explores the deeper places where prayer becomes not simply petition but a way of life. He writes of prayer of adoration and rest, sacramental prayer, meditation, and contemplation, and in the final section of the book moves outward into ministry, where prayer meets the needs of the world. In each chapter Foster defines, describes, and gives helpful examples. Above all he writes with grace--in both the artistic and spiritual senses. --Doug Thorpe
From Library Journal
Foster, Quaker theologian and best-selling author, provides an excellent and comprehensive survey of 21 forms of Christian prayer. He groups the sections around three movements (inward, upward, and outward) which address three human needs (transformation, intimacy, and ministry). Foster presents the best thinking of various church traditions to help the reader feel drawn to prayer and to a restored and deeper relationship with oneself, God, and others. This is one of the best, most comprehensive, yet accessible introductions to prayer that this reviewer has seen. Highly recommended for all libraries.
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Well can I say anything bad about this book? The only thing I didn't like about the book was some of the big vocabulary that left me going "huh?" Other than that, I would recommend this book to any pastor, sunday school teacher, or anyone breathing that prays to God. WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK SO SPECTULAR is the fact that Foster is not dogmatic in his theology. He does not just give one denominational view on prayer. From fundamentalists to charismatics, people from all different types of beliefs read this book and generally agree on it. He goes in depth on different ways to pray but gives examples that are easy to understand. IF YOU WANT TO INDEFINATELY BOOST YOUR PRAYER LIFE, GET THIS BOOK!
Throughout this exploration of the many different forms of prayer, the reader is aided by clearly hearing Foster come through in the mix. Foster's personality is warm, open, and inviting, and the many personal stories in the book put flesh and blood on the subject matter. Foster's practical while still being semi-intellectual in his approach. This book is beneficial both for young and old Christians, and it can change the heart. I can't recommend this book highly enough; it's the best contemporary book on prayer that I've read.
I pastored a church that I was transfered from and they not only continued to read it by themselves but started a prayer group!
It is an EXCELLENT reference for starting prayer groups, discussion groups or sunday school.
I am a United Methodist pastor and HIGHLY recommend this book!
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So many people struggle with prayer. Even the disciples did when they asked Jesus to teach them how. Richard Foster brings it to grass roots. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2008 by G & D
Foster tells listeners "God has graciously allowed me to catch a glimpse into his heart" and that "The heart of God is an open wound of love. Read morePublished on June 4 2004 by Brenda
There are a myriad of books available today on prayer. Many of those books are shallow theologically and draw little if any from the rich heritage of the Church. Read morePublished on June 2 2002 by David R. Bess
There are a myriad of books on the subject of prayer. Many are guides to prayer, also called "how-to" books on prayer. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2001 by Jason I. Ekeroth