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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (August 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060628464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060628468
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are hundreds of books on prayer, and much of the advice they contain is likely to be the same. So what distinguishes these books? Call it a kind of wisdom, a sense that here's someone who knows something of God's heart. A good example can be found in this fine book by the Quaker writer and teacher Richard Foster. The author of the bestselling Celebration of Discipline explores various aspects of prayer, which he defines in one place as "the human response to the perpetual outpouring of love by which God lays siege to every soul." Beginning with the simplest forms of prayer--what he calls "ordinary people bringing ... ordinary concerns to a loving and compassionate Father"--he then explores the deeper places where prayer becomes not simply petition but a way of life. He writes of prayer of adoration and rest, sacramental prayer, meditation, and contemplation, and in the final section of the book moves outward into ministry, where prayer meets the needs of the world. In each chapter Foster defines, describes, and gives helpful examples. Above all he writes with grace--in both the artistic and spiritual senses. --Doug Thorpe

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Foster, Quaker theologian and best-selling author, provides an excellent and comprehensive survey of 21 forms of Christian prayer. He groups the sections around three movements (inward, upward, and outward) which address three human needs (transformation, intimacy, and ministry). Foster presents the best thinking of various church traditions to help the reader feel drawn to prayer and to a restored and deeper relationship with oneself, God, and others. This is one of the best, most comprehensive, yet accessible introductions to prayer that this reviewer has seen. Highly recommended for all libraries.
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Customer Reviews

This book was very inspirational and informative.
Donald Klinkerman
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is just getting started with prayer.
Fleischen DePann
I am in a study/prayer group which is using this book as a guide.
Eileen G. Spear

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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Dubuc on March 10, 2003
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This book is an excellent introduction to, and survey of, the practice and experience of prayer for Christians. Richard Foster draws from many different traditions and experiences and distills them into this very fine and accessible work. It's very practical, unpretentious and inspiring. Foster helps us examine the many facets of prayer grouped according to three intentions on personal transformation, intimacy with God and ministry to others. Among its 21 chapters you may find aspects of prayer that are very familiar to you (maybe you had never thought of them as prayer before) along with encouragement to focus and deepen your efforts in those areas. Other types of prayer may be completely foreign to you but offer an invitation to explore. For those who want to take prayer more seriously this book is a very good place to begin. It is not an introduction in the sense of being superficial or shallow. It treats each aspect of prayer in enough depth to get the willing reader well on his or her way to a more effective and vital life of prayer. But it also shows us prayer as a vast, life long and life changing endeavor and points to the work of others who have explored the various disciplines of prayer more deeply. This books is essential reading.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By John C. Tittle on April 17, 2000
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Foster is a master of drawing together all the strengths of the Christian tradition for his readers to benefit from. This book transcends denominationalism--it is a gift to the entire body of Christ. It is a book written from Foster's heart. "Prayer" is a book that demands to be more than read. It needs to be prayed through, meditated on, and re-read. Once again Foster writes with clarity, conviction, and winsomeness. Foster does not merely talk of prayer in this book. Each page seeps with insights that can only come by living a life of prayer. His layout of the book has a rhythm and seemless flow to it. The different descriptions of prayer greatly helped me to have a deeper understanding of the different kinds of approaches we have to God in prayer. Foster's book has invigorated me to hunger for the Holy more and more in my life.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 15, 1999
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This is the best book I have ever read on prayer. Foster describes many different aspects of prayer, some familiar and some less known. I have read many books on prayer, but this stands above all the others in making prayer understandable and usable in the average person's life experience. I have purchased four more copies and given them to friends. After you've read it, you will want to share it, too. This is a book to read, re-read and re-re-read until it becomes a part of the fabric of your life. I can not recommend this book highly enough.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2003
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I am an avid reader; but, this is the only book I have ever felt so strongly about that I wanted to express my opinion in a review. I realize that a person's reaction to any book says as much about the reader as it does the book. But I cannot imagine anyone who is genuinely interested in the topic of prayer not feeling satisfied that they got a great exchange for their time and money in this book. It helped me tremendously.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2000
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I was lured to this book after reading Foster's book Celebration of Discipline. His style is intimate and descriptive, but above all else it is honest. The content of this book could have been written from a theological or academic standpoint. Indeed Foster masterfully included enough references and allusions to other great works to take up a large portion of the back pages for bibliography, and each truth he expresses stands firm on scripture. The content is what makes this book essential. The style is what makes it a joy to read, and its pure honesty is what makes you want to apply it to your life.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fr. Charles Erlandson on August 14, 2010
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Prayer is one of the most important topics for the disciple of Jesus Christ, and there are many books on prayer. Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home by Richard Foster is a good place to start. The most beneficial aspect of Foster's book is that he presents and describes 21 kinds of prayers that we might pray. In this way, he expands our vocabulary of prayer, and therefore he deepens our experience with God. This is enormously helpful because for many people prayer is limited to petitionary prayer.

Foster has divided prayer up into 3 main categories, each of which has 7 kinds of prayer:

Moving Inward:
Simple Prayer
Prayer of the Forsaken
The Prayer of Examen
The Prayer of Tears
The Prayer of Relinquishment
Formation Prayer
Covenant Prayer

Moving Upward:
The Prayer of Adoration
The Prayer of Rest
Sacramental Prayer
Unceasing Prayer
Prayer of the Heart
Meditative Prayer
Contemplative Prayer

Moving Outward:
Praying the Ordinary
Petitionary Prayer
Intercessory Prayer
Healing Prayer
The Prayer of Suffering
Authoritative Prayer
Radical Prayer

Foster offers a clear explanation of each kind of prayer and, thankfully, offers a lot of practical advice on how to pray each kind of prayer. Here are just a few helpful things he says:

"Darkness is a definite experience of prayer. It is to be expected, even embraced."
"We must never be discouraged by our lack of prayer."
"Let go of trying to pray too hard."
"In thanksgiving we give glory to God for what he has done for us; in praise we give glory to God for who he is in himself.
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