Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home

by Richard J. Foster

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. He 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.



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

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