Books and Blogs on prayer

from Philip Yancey, author, speaker, educator:
“I wrote Prayer: Does It Make A Difference because I felt so bad about my prayer life. Surveys show that the vast majority of people pray at least sometimes. Yet if you’re like me, when you read books on prayer you end up feeling guilty and inferior. Few people I’ve talked to experience satisfaction in prayer.

I write books about questions I don’t know the answer to, issues that are still unresolved for me. And I’ve waited a long time to tackle this subject of prayer, mainly because I didn’t know what to say.

Recommended: Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey, Zondervan, 2006


from Richard Rohr, founder of Center for Action and Contemplation: “Prayer is not primarily saying words or thinking thoughts. It is, rather, a stance. It’s a way of living in the Presence, living in awareness of the Presence, and even of enjoying the Presence.”

From Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer, by Richard Rohr, The Crossroad Publishing Company 2003

From an interview with Rohr by Tom Fox of National Catholic Reporter.  “I am convinced that prayer is a descriptor word for a different consciousness. When Jesus goes out and prays for 40 days, he is not saying Hail Marys and Our Fathers. He is looking out at life with a different set of eyes.” 

To hear the interviews,


from Brian D. McLaren, author, speaker, activist, and public theologian: 
“God, our Creator, thank you for the gift of Jesus. He walked among us embodying your creative and life-giving Word in his body, his life, his words, his deeds, his sufferings, his death, and his resurrection. When we see him loving the outcast, forgiving the sinner, confronting the hypocrite, and teaching the crowds a new way of life, we see your heart, your compassion, your mercy, your character. To know Jesus is to love him, and to love him is to know him, and to know and love him is to know and love you.”

From his prayer inspired by the Beatitudes:


from Richard Foster, Christian theologian and author in the Quaker tradition:
“We yearn for prayer and hide from prayer. We believe we should do it – we even want to do it – but something stands between us and actually praying. What keeps us from enjoying prayer as a love relationship with God?  From “5 Misconceptions that Hinder Prayer.”

more online articles by Foster:

“A Simple Way to Begin the Day with Prayer”

“A Life of Prayer and Holy Obedience in a War-Wracked World”

Recommended:  Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, Richard Foster, Harper San Francisco, 1992


Other books:

To Believe is to Pray: Readings from Michael Ramsey, Michael Ramsey: Cowley Publications 1996

The Way of the Fathers: Praying with the Early Christians  by Mike Aquilina (author), Lisa Grote (editor): Our Sunday Visitor, 2000

Ancient Christian Devotional: A Year of Weekly Readings (for each of the Lectionary cycles)  Cindy Crosby (editor), Thomas C. Oden (editor)  

Drinking from the Hidden Fountain: A Patristic Breviary: Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World (Cistercian Studies), Tomas Spidlik (author, editor), Paul Drake (translator)




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