Essence of Prayer (Hiddenspring) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$14.46
Qty:1
  • List Price: $17.95
  • Save: $3.49 (19%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Essence of Prayer (Hiddenspring) Paperback – July 14, 2006


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$14.46
$10.72 $5.58

Frequently Bought Together

Essence of Prayer (Hiddenspring) + Before the Living God + To Believe in Jesus
Price for all three: $40.51

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Series: Hiddenspring
  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press (July 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587680394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587680397
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

'Ruth Burrows, the experienced Carmelite writer: hard-headed, warm-hearted, helpful and positive about God's universal invitation to prayer.'
~ The Tablet, 22nd July 2006 (Christopher Howse The American Spectator)

'This is a book that should chance lives. Its central message is that everyone can pray....Essence of Pray is a collection of short essays on prayer..Surprisingly, this structure works better than a book hammered out to a continuous shape, because there is a chance to avoid misunderstanding by coming at a subject from a difference angle.'
~ 16/09/2006
(Christopher Howse The American Spectator)

'It is useful as spiritual reading that will help the prayer and Christian lives of men and women living in the world. For that, it can be recommended.' ~ Prebendary John Gaskell, Church Times, 10/11/2006
(John Gaskell Church Times)

'a valuable contribution to the vast array of books offering advice and encouragement to Christians on the subject of prayer. This book is full of insights...Ruth Burrows...reflections are thought-provoking and described with encouragement and simplicity.'
~ John Mann, Church of Ireland Gazette, February 2007
(John Mann)

"The person who has most clearly written about this area in our own times is Ruth Burrows in books such as Essence of Prayer"
(Christopher Howse The American Spectator)

'Here is a major contribution from the pen of a well-known writer on spiritual themes...An impressive offfering...different from her earlier works, and well worth a little study.'
Elizabeth CSF, Franciscan
(Elizabeth CSF, Franciscan, January 2008)

'Essence of Prayer is a good introduction to the chief labour of Carmel.'
(The Daily Telegraph)

'a genuine attempt to introduce the theory and practice of prayer to the uninitiated, in language that is accessible to all men and women.' Mount Carmel, July 2010


"The book has been written by one who clearly lives every word she writes. As Wendy Beckett says in her Foreword: 'to read Ruth Burrows...is to take into your mind and heart the insight of somebody who is close to God, and has the rare ability to share that closeness with others. God has given her great gifts, and she has opened herself to receive them' (p. vii). In this lies her appeal. Teresa of Avila wrote from her own experience. Ruth Burrows, too, writes from her own experience, albeit different from Teresa's. So she too writes with authority—and it shows! I especially appreciate how in this volume great care has been taken with the use of language, which is inclusive both as regards God and ourselves."
-Elizabeth Ruth Obbard, Mount Carmel, July-Sept. 2010


'Ruth Burrows, the experienced Carmelite writer: hard-headed, warm-hearted, helpful and positive about God's universal invitation to prayer.'
~ The Tablet, 22nd July 2006 (Sanford Lakoff The American Spectator)

'This is a book that should chance lives. Its central message is that everyone can pray....Essence of Pray is a collection of short essays on prayer..Surprisingly, this structure works better than a book hammered out to a continuous shape, because there is a chance to avoid misunderstanding by coming at a subject from a difference angle.'
~ 16/09/2006
(Sanford Lakoff The American Spectator)

'It is useful as spiritual reading that will help the prayer and Christian lives of men and women living in the world. For that, it can be recommended.' ~ Prebendary John Gaskell, Church Times, 10/11/2006
(Sanford Lakoff Church Times)

'a valuable contribution to the vast array of books offering advice and encouragement to Christians on the subject of prayer. This book is full of insights...Ruth Burrows...reflections are thought-provoking and described with encouragement and simplicity.'
~ John Mann, Church of Ireland Gazette, February 2007
(Sanford Lakoff)

"The person who has most clearly written about this area in our own times is Ruth Burrows in books such as Essence of Prayer"
(Sanford Lakoff The American Spectator)

'Here is a major contribution from the pen of a well-known writer on spiritual themes...An impressive offfering...different from her earlier works, and well worth a little study.'
Elizabeth CSF, Franciscan
(Sanford Lakoff) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ruth Burrows is a Carmelite nun in Britain.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
16
4 star
2
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 19 customer reviews
Ruth Burrows provides an enlightening look at Carmelite Spirituality.
D. F. Raczkowski
This book is a keeper for any serious Christian concerned about their relation with their living God.
Luigi Del Gaudio
She reminds us in particular that prayer is much more what God does in us than what we do for God.
Peter Fennessy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Peter Fennessy on November 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is a collection of 19 articles, 13 of which have been previously published but have here for the first time been conveniently gathered. Despite the disparate and repetitive nature of such a collection, there is an underlying unity, and important things bear repetition. The first half of the book concerns the nature of prayer, the second half Carmelite history and the spirituality of Carmelites whose lives and doctrine illustrate those principles of prayer: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux, Elizabeth of the Trinity. Burrows is a Carmelite nun whose works include Guidelines for Mystical Prayer, Fire Upon the Earth (about Teresa of Avila), and Ascent to Love (on John of the Cross). She reminds us in particular that prayer is much more what God does in us than what we do for God. Rather than spending time worrying about methods of prayer or seeking conscious experience of grace, we need to be present in faith, trust and surrender to the Lord, allowing God to work in us. "We must remember that prayer takes place at the deepest level of our person and escapes our direct cognition; therefore we can make no judgment about it." This, of course, is a blow to our ego, and that on the whole is a good thing.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. F. Raczkowski on November 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
Ruth Burrows provides an enlightening look at Carmelite Spirituality. And, illumines the reader to an aspect of prayer one might not think to consider, that one does not do prayer but rather, is the recipient of God's action. The book also provides for some very good history on Sts. Theresa of Avila, Elizabeth of the Trinity and Therese of Lisieux. Anyone reading this book will feel the time spent was of spiritual value.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book provides great insight into prayer, especially the Carmelite charism. Anyone who is serious about their prayer life would benefit from this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sister Trudy Considine on September 21, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an excellent collection of essays on what prayer really is and what it is not.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Luigi Del Gaudio on October 15, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was assigned this book for an online course that I'm taking on the "Spirituality of the Deacon" from the "Pontifical College, the Josephenium". I have underlined so many pages of thought provoking and soul inspiring passages that it almost makes the underlining superfluous as every page is nearly underlined. That which is so inspiring is the constant emphasis on God working in us, regardless of our being cognizant of it. Letting go of our working at prayer but plugging into God working with us is the reality. This book is a keeper for any serious Christian concerned about their relation with their living God.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Koonce on August 7, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am a fan of Sister Ruth Burrows. This is the second book of hers I have read. In fact, I am still reading it. This is a book you do not want to rush through. You want to savor it, reflect on it and let its wisdom engulf you. I will read it again because there is so much wisdom in this book, one cannot possible grasp it all at once. Superb spiritual reading!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 27, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Essence of Prayer is a fabulous book and I'd dare to say life changing. I've read many spiritual books, but this is something special. Sister Burrows is down to earth and teaches that is where God wants to love us. I've read it through and now I've got to dig into the spiritual lights I've received...much to digest. Fr Scott Reilly, LC
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mary c on June 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
lEasy to read very inspirational. Great for bedtime meditative reading. Beutifully written and I suspect will touch different readers in a personal way. Amazon Kindle
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?