Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home

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Zondervan, Aug 14, 1992 - Religion - 288 pages
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Best-selling author Richard J. Foster offers a warm, compelling, and sensitive primer on prayer, helping us to understand, experience, and practice it in its many forms-from the simple prayer of beginning again to unceasing prayer. He clarifies the prayer process, answers common misconceptions, and shows the way into prayers of contemplation, healing, blessing, forgiveness, and rest.

Coming to prayer is like coming home, Foster says. "Nothing feels more right, more like what we are created to be and to do. Yet at the same time we are confronted with great mysteries. Who hasn't struggled with the puzzle of unanswered prayer? Who hasn't wondered how a finite person can commune with the infinite Creator of the universe? Who hasn't questioned whether prayer isn't merely psychological manipulation after all? We do our best, of course, to answer these knotty questions but when all is said and done, there is a sense in which these mysteries remain unanswered and unanswerable . . . At such times we must learn to become comfortable with the mystery."

Foster shows how prayer can move us inward into personal transformation, upward toward intimacy with God, and outward to minister to others. He leads us beyond questions to a deeper understanding and practice of prayer, bringing us closer to God, to ourselves, and to our community.

 

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User Review  - iluvmesumu - Christianbook.com

This book offers some good information. It was a little confusion using catholic terminology/history because I'm unfamiliar with that denomination. One of the books you want to keep reading despite ... Read full review

Excellent summary on various types of prayer.

User Review  - Wally - Christianbook.com

This is an excellent review on the various types of prayer and their applications in our life. Prayer is such a powerful force in our spiritual lives as we seek to enhance our relationships with the ... Read full review

Contents

SEEKING THE TRANSFORMATION WE NEED Chapter 1 Simple Prayer
7
Prayer of the Forsaken
17
The Prayer of Examen
27
The Prayer of Tears
37
Chapters The Prayer of Relinquishment
47
Formation Prayer
57
Covenant Prayer
67
SEEKING THE INTIMACY WE NEED
79
Contemplative Prayer
155
SEEKING THE MINISTRY WE NEED
167
Praying the Ordinary
169
Petitionary Prayer
179
Intercessory Prayer
191
Healing Prayer
203
The Prayer of Suffering
217
Authoritative Prayer
229

The Prayer of Adoration
81
The Prayer of Rest
93
Sacramental Prayer
105
Unceasing Prayer
119
The Prayer of the Heart
131
Meditative Prayer
143
Radical Prayer
243
Notes
257
Scripture Index
269
Subject Index
270
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Richard J. Foster is the author of several bestselling books, including Celebration of Discipline, Streams of Living Water, Life with God, and Prayer, which was Christianity Today's Book of the Year and the winner of the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He is the founder of RenovarÉ, an organization and a movement committed to the renewal of the church of Jesus Christ in all its multifaceted expressions, and the editor of The Life with God Bible.

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