Prayer: Our Deepest Longing Read Online Free - With simple, down-to-earth language, Rolheiser illustrates the importance of prayer and offers techniques for how to pray, using examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary writers. He delves into the places that we fear to go with our issues about prayer, encouraging us with gentle kindness and words of hope and inspiration.
The book is divided into five sections.
Why Pray? Illustrates the purposes and benefits of prayer for ourselves, as well as for the broader Catholic community and even the world.
Why Is It so Hard? Notes how our contemporary culture conspires against taking time out for solitude and prayer, and how our own ego—with its fears, restlessness, and narcissism—can work against developing a deeper relationship with God through prayer.
What Is Prayer? Outlines the two basic types of prayer, that is, affective (personal) and priestly (for the world). Describes the many ways or methods for each type of prayer, such as meditation, contemplation, the divine office, the Mass, and Scripture.
Sticking with It. This section covers the development of mature prayer, discussing ways to pray in times of boredom, disillusionment, crisis, helplessness, or after a loved one’s death.
Mysticism. Here we learn about this increasingly popular form of intimate relationship with God.
This is a book for all manner of believers, whether your faith is solidly rooted, wavering between childhood religion and adult faith, or just not sure what you believe—or whether you believe at all. It addresses topics such as narcissism, pragmatism, efficiency, and self-gratification that work against a healthy spiritual life. Rolheiser takes us to a place of contact and comfort, in relationship not only with God but with our true selves as well.
A study guide for the book can be found here.
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October 15, 2013
While on a road trip I listened to this book and had to listen again as some of the pithy points Rolheiser made bear further thought. He takes into account the struggles we have with our attention spans and our understanding of perfection. In fact his distinction between the Greek and the Hebrew...
July 26, 2015
....If someone is asking how to pray... this is the right book... whether you a beginner or starting a prayer life or a person who has a deep prayer life... a highly recommended book.
January 31, 2018
Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest, has presented an encouraging, invitational little volume on prayer which did not disappoint. I appreciated his realistic view of the spiritual walk, expecting some doldrums and offering encouragement therein. This short book was very refreshing to me and spoke...
October 05, 2017
Recommended by my priest! Great and easy read
October 08, 2014
Whatever your denomination, even if your not Christian, this little book will add fire to your prayer or meditation practice. An easy, gentle flowing and compelling read; one could easily be tempted to read it entirely in one or two sittings. Yet, to fully appreciate its profundity, one should re...
November 18, 2017
Prayer is a struggle. The book states but goes on to say that we are made for love and for intimacy with each other and with God. Prayer is a discipline and an awareness of God on our lives. It is meat to respect the natural rhythms of our energy.
How do we recognize God’s voice among the chatter...
June 04, 2017
It was a good short and sweet book that gave some good advice and perspectives on prayer that I'm going to try to apply into my own prayer life. Definitely enjoyed it
March 12, 2017
Inspired hope and provided context that answered life long questions on prayer and the perseverance that is required to reap its rewards. Recommend to any adult that has been distracted by life to gain insight and control. Answered many power of prayed questions in my struggle...
November 05, 2014
heavens to murgatroyd this is a great (little) book. doubts about the spiritual life? check out this book. it has the most straightforward, solid, and gentle explanations any one could conceive. need a guide for dry spells? check out this book. it has the reason simply explained and inherent in t...
February 26, 2017
Written in simple language, this book emphasises the importance of discipline in the prayer life, of having a structure to prayer which keeps us praying even when we are exhausted, in pain, in emotional turmoil, bored, so that we are there for communion with God. Our responsibility is just to tur...