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Overview Invites seekers and believers to become in tune with God's spirit through prayer, providing an introduction, background information, and tips to help readers become comfortable with the practice. Original.
For individual or group use It is my hope that this book will provide at least fifty ways you may take steps in a lifelong walk with God. It is written for you, the seeker and sojourner, as well as you, the church leader, youth minister, retreat facilitator, or worship planner. It is for all of us who thought we only knew one way to pray. --from the introduction
"" The explosion of interest today in Christian mystics, ancient prayer practices, and guided meditations speaks to a need for more hands-on tools that will help us pray in traditional as well as new and exciting ways. This book is intended to address that need.
Each of the exercises includes not only instructions on how to use it as a prayer practice, but also some background, an introduction, a statement of intention, and tips to help you become comfortable with the practice. For those of you wanting to lead these practices in a group, there are special instructions and information in the Leader s Guide at the end of the book.
Rich with wisdom drawn from the wellsprings of Western spirituality, this remarkable book is a sustained experience of spiritual direction offered by a seasoned spiritual guide. -John S. Mogabgab, editor of "Weavings" journal "This book does more than point to ways of prayer; it serves as encouragement, guide, and partner for those who want to connect in prayer in ways that move beyond words." -Doug Pagitt, author of "BodyPrayer" and pastor of Solomon's Porch This is a basic, balanced, and accessible guide to the variety, promise, and practice of prayer. "Read" it to deepen your understanding of prayer; "use" it to deepen your life in God. -Frederick W. Schmidt, author of What God Wants for Your Life Click here to read a sample Table of Contents Teresa A. Blythe is a writer, spiritual director, and frequent conference speaker on topics of popular culture and spirituality. She has co-authored Meeting God in Virtual Reality and Watching What We Watch, along with numerous essays and reviews for Beliefnet, Spirituality & Health, and Publishers Weekly. Teresa serves as Program Coordinator for the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, AZ."
From Publishers Weekly A spiritual director, writer and commentator on popular culture, Blythe can
say her prayers in many different ways. This helpful and friendly book is
jammed with prayer practices from a variety of Christian traditions. Organized
by chapters that group prayers by type (body prayers, prayers of imagination,
discernment, etc.), each prayer practice is clearly explained step-by-step.
The result is a textbook not only of techniques but also a generous
understanding of the many modalities of prayer. Blythe finds that prayer can
be walked, talked, breathed, drawn or even inferred from television and
movies. The breadth of the book provides an imaginative jump start for anyone
with a narrow conception of how to pray or a limited repertoire of rote
prayers. A leader's guide at the back of the book provides instructions for
anyone working with prayer groups. However, this leader's guide section could
be more clearly integrated into the text by including page numbers in each
chapter that would take the reader clearly back to the relevant pages in the
leader's guide. Overall, this book is an excellent resource with breadth and
depth for religious educators, spiritual group leaders and anyone wishing to
deepen his or her own prayer life. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business
Citations And Professional Reviews 50 Ways to Pray: Practices from Many Traditions and Times by Teresa A. Blythe has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 02/13/2006 page 85
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2006
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687331048 ISBN13 9780687331048
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More About Teresa A. Blythe
Teresa A. Blythe is a writer, spiritual director, and frequent conference speaker on topics of popular culture and spirituality. She has co-authored "Meeting God in Virtual Reality: Using Spiritual Practices with Media "(Abingdon, 2004) and "Watching What We Watch: Prime-time Television Through the Lens of Faith "(Geneva Press, 2001) along with numerous essays and reviews for "Beliefnet", Spirituality & Health, and "Publishers Weekly. "Teresa serves as Program Coordinator for the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction at the RedemptoristRenewalCenter in Tucson, AZ.
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Fabulous Resource Mar 22, 2007
If your prayer life is, as Anne LaMott puts it, basically "Help me, help me, help me!!!!" and "Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!" and you want to do something about it, this book is for you. The author goes through 9 different prayer styles - contemplative prayer, praying with scripture, praying with the imagination, praying with media, to name a few - and within each style gives several different ways to pray in that particular style. She gives a very brief history of each style, and clear, step-by-step directions on the specific prayers. Also included is a leader's guide for use with groups. I am using it with my group with great results. We are a varied mix of ladies in age, education, experience with praying, and all are finding it helpful and enriching of our prayer lives. As the leader, the book is very user friendly and easy to use while maintaining the depth and integrity of the subject.