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Overview Prayer is an integral aspect of the love of God and neighbor, which to many is the ultimate goal of a fulfilling Christian life. However, many want to find a way to pray but are unable to understand or justify prayer theologically. Still others believe that God will not support them in the midst of cosmic hurt. This book addresses these concerns.
Publishers Description To Pray and to Love is for all persons who want to pray but do not know how, who pray but feel uncertain about it, and who pray happily but want to grow more deeply. For those who have longing for prayer and yet have never prayed, the author offers some specific suggestions about attitudes, beliefs, and dispositions that get in the way of our prayer without us even noticing. Bondi also shares some of what the founders of early monasticism had to say about prayer and Christian love that she has found especially helpful over the years.
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Library Journal - 07/01/1991
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Roberta C. Bondi is Professor of Church History at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of Night on the Flint River, In Ordinary Time, Memories of God, A Place to Pray, and Nick the Cat (forthcoming), all published by Abingdon Press.
Roberta C. Bondi currently resides in the state of Georgia.
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Will be classic Jan 12, 2007
This is a good book. It is easy to read and very informative. You will not be sorry you read this book. It is not like any other book about prayer that I have ever read.
Some Pretty Good Material Sep 14, 2006
Well, unlike Father Raymond Brown's "A Crucified Christ In Holy Week," Bishop Richard Holloway's "The Killing," or Bishop John Spong's "Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism," I can't quite call this book a 'must have.' Nevertheless, it is still a good book that raises some important points. Early in the book, Ms Bondi emphasizes that prayer brings us together as Christians. She also raises the harsh reality that the goals of modern society often contrast with our Christian values. (Jen Garner's character learned this in her "13 Going On 30.") An interesting point she raises is that at one time women often gained higher status as well as respect by becoming nuns. (Not to mention freedom from becoming property in an arranged marriage where they would be treated as child bearers.) She also states that even though as humans we sin, that does not destroy God's love for us. (In a sermon, my priest once said that: "...we can not destroy God's love for us. Though that is not to say we can't disappoint him.") Ms. Bondi also emphasizes that it is our own will and passions that distort our views and separate us from God. (We're all guilty of this. Myself included.) Another interesting issue she raises is that there is no one right way to pray. Different things work for different people. She also points out that while it probably is not possible for us to love everyone, it is possible to reduce our feelings of hatred and resentment. She also says that while the Bible was written centuries ago, it was meant to speak to the different ages. (If I may be permitted a slight digression, that is probably why there are so many different translations, and some recent ones at that.) While one really important message of the church is forgiveness, Bondi helps us to understand that we have to forgive others for our own sake. (Whenever we don't forgive those who have wronged us, that hatred and resentment becomes a weight and burden to us.) She also defines prayer. While we all have prayed as Christians, we may not have known that prayer defines us as sharing our life with God. Perhaps the greatest thing about her book is that she defines what it means to be a Christian. She says: "It is living and praying out of the hope and the knowledge that all things, within us and without, are finally reconciled and healed in God." So while I can't quite place this book on the same level as the writing of Father Brown, Bishop Holloway, or Bishop Spong, it is still a good book that has some important messages.
Prayer as an Instrument of Love Oct 26, 2000
This was an excellent book on the power of prayer and its importance in the pursuit of love for God and neighbor. Bondi takes the reader on a journey through prayer in the early church and monastic orders to give the modern Christian a sense of how prayer can be used in the pursuit of a deeper relationship with God and neighbor. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of prayer in their life and in the life of their faith community.
For those who want a better prayer life & grow closer to God Oct 23, 1998
Have you ever felt stuck in a rut during prayer? Do you wonder if prayer is for you? Do you want to know why people pray? This book helps you find answers to these questions and so many more. Never underestimate your ability to pray. That is the main message of this book. Grab a cup of tea or coffee and sit down to read this book to help enhance your prayer life!
A fine book about prayer and relationship with God Oct 22, 1998
It is reassuring to read that if we do not gain a sense of peace after praying, it does not necessarily mean we are not in touch with ourselves and God. Bondi helped me to realize my life with God is ongoing and that my prayer, whether it feels good or bad, is going to change depending on what is going on in my life at the time. More often than not, "it is not in the easy times of our prayer that we grow toward God the most but in the times of chaos, confusion, pain, or even boredom." (p.73)