Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-06-01
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Best-selling author 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. "Nothing feels more right, more like what we are created to be and to do. Yet at the same time we are confronted with great mysteries. Who hasn't struggled with the puzzle of unanswered prayer? Who hasn't wondered how a finite person can commune with the infinite Creator of the universe? Who hasn't questioned whether prayer isn't merely psychological manipulation after all? We do our best, of course, to answer these knotty questions but when all is said and done, there is a sense in which these mysteries remain unanswered and unanswerable . . . At such times we must learn to become comfortable with the mystery."

Foster 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.

''This book is a rare gift... both a guide to prayer and an answer to one.” -John Ortberg, author of "If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat"

“You will not find a better guide. This is a landmark book.” -Dallas Willard, author of The Divine Conspiracy

“Magnificent! ... carried us into communion with Christians of every century and denomination.” -Rev. John Loren Sandford and Rev. Paula A. Sandford, Co-Founders of Elijah House, Inc.

Table of Contents

Coming Home: An Invitation to Prayerp. 1
Moving Inward: Seeking the Transformation We Needp. 5
Simple Prayerp. 7
Prayer of the Forsakenp. 17
The Prayer of Examenp. 27
The Prayer of Tearsp. 37
The Prayer of Relinquishmentp. 47
Formation Prayerp. 57
Covenant Prayerp. 67
Moving Upward: Seeking the Intimacy We Needp. 79
The Prayer of Adorationp. 81
The Prayer of Restp. 93
Sacramental Prayerp. 105
Unceasing Prayerp. 119
The Prayer of the Heartp. 131
Meditative Prayerp. 143
Contemplative Prayerp. 155
Moving Outward: Seeking the Ministry We Needp. 167
Praying the Ordinaryp. 169
Petitionary Prayerp. 179
Intercessory Prayerp. 191
Healing Prayerp. 203
The Prayer of Sufferingp. 217
Authoritative Prayerp. 229
Radical Prayerp. 243
Notesp. 257
Scripture Indexp. 269
Subject Indexp. 271
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New insights into prayer July 27, 2011
This textbook presents prayer as a multifaceted jewel that is a wonder to behold no matter how you hold it up to the light. Foster examines and describes very simply every aspect of prayer imaginable. This is absolutely THE BEST textbook I have ever read on the subject. It is a wonderful read. A textbook to be read, re-read and re-re-read until it becomes part of the fabric of your life.
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