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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687331048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687331048
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.)
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"... this remarkable book is a sustained experience of spiritual direction offered by a seasoned spiritual guide." -- John S. Mogabgab, editor of Weavings journal

"This is a basic, balanced, and accessible guide to the variety, promise, and practice of prayer. -- Doug Pagitt, author of BodyPrayer and pastor of Solomon's Porch

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I highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in the more contemplative side of religion.
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The author is clear and practical in her descriptions and obviously comes from a background in spiritual direction and prayer guidance herself.
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An excellent resource for study in a small group, this book contains a concise leader's guide in the back.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. McArthur on March 22, 2007
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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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Stockton on April 19, 2007
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How grateful I am to have a book that offers practical and loving instructions for prayer, without being didactic, paternal or narrow. I especially appreciated the way Blythe reminds us that what we most need to do when attempting prayer, is show up and let God take it from there. Read her introduction to "general principles of group leadership" on page 133 to see what I mean; she counsels small group leaders to call on their gifts and skills while also recognizing that God will work in ways both seen and unseen. I was also glad to be able to learn more about various spiritual exercises that I have heard about and wanted to try, but wasn't sure how or where, to start, or who to ask. As I read 50 Ways to Pray I continually thought of people I know who would appreciate this book, including teenagers. It would form an excellent basis for a group retreat or workshop, as well as personal spiritual exploration. Through her matter of fact yet reverent approach to the Mystery, Blythe offers the reader a model of how we might do the same.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura on November 20, 2009
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I love this book! I am a chaplain on a chemical dependency unit and one of the tasks I have given myself is to include prayer as part of the Spiritual Care Curriculum. This offers several different types of prayer--prayer is individual and offering different ways to pray provides for clients an opportunity to select their own way of connecting to their Higher Power.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pr. A on February 17, 2009
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I am using this book for a spiritual exercise class. Most take around 1/2 hour, so it's not a big time committment. People are really enjoying the experience of meditation/silence. There are 50 exercises to choose from - all have been great so far! I highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in the more contemplative side of religion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vera M. Hummel on June 29, 2007
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Blythe has gathered an incredible number of spiritual practices and disciplines, and has put them together in meaningful and useful ways. Further, the facilitator's guide at the end of the book is practical and helpful.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all people who are facilitating spiritual growth groups or spiritual retreats.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ollie D. Kennedy, Jr. on November 7, 2012
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This is a book that will be beneficial for those wishing to grow in their prayer walk with the Lord. I plan to use this in a small group of ladies at my church. Originally it was a class book for a Christian Growth Institute class. Very practical guidance on how to lead and what to do during a class time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By malekz on April 1, 2010
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We are living in difficult times. Unemployment, financial difficulties, and two ongoing wars all lead in many ways to the stress and anger that must be properly channeled and managed. Prayer or meditation can help us deal with stressful situations. Prayer or meditation goes against our using, as human beings, adverse circumstances in angry ways to lock more tightly into our opinions about "Us "and "Them," "For" and "Against," "Friend" and "Foe." They give us the patience and tolerance necessary to free ourselves from biases locked in the notion of "Friend" and "Foe."

"50 Ways to Pray - Practices from Many Traditions and Times" gives instructions in prayer, contemplation, meditation, and discernment, although at times the emphasis is on a variety of Christian traditions. No matter what your religious beliefs are, the book can be a great resource for developing personal awareness, patience, and tolerance for others. Giving a generous understanding of the many modalities of prayer, this book is also for those who thought they only knew one way to pray.

This is a 5-Star book and is highly recommended.
--malekz
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig R. Schmidt on October 9, 2008
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This book is excellent in presenting several different ways to internalize scripture and apply it to everyday life through various prayer techniques. Could be used as a study source, to spark new ideas, and/or to examine one's own prayer life.
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