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Six Ways to Pray from Six Great Saints Hardcover – May, 1982


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press (May 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867160071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867160079
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,762,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hutchinson shows us how to go to the experts to improve our prayer lives or just sample a different style." -- My Daily Visitor, Nov/Dec 2002

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Rice on January 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Gloria Hutchinson has written a book that capsulizes the ways in which six saints have prayer. She features Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola, Therese of Lisieux, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. She writes a brief biography of each and then describes their approach to prayer. Each section has questions for the reader to use as a meditation. The thoughtful reader might take quite a while getting through this little book. In fact, Hutchinson is able to make the styles of each of these saints very appealing and inviting, leaving the reader wanting to know more. This a good book for people who are starting to explore ways to pray. it is a book for those who have been doing this for a while and would like a short pick me up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Duncan Harrell on June 24, 2012
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*Six Ways to Pray from Six Great Saints* balances history and how-to, but the practical section is laden with written prayers and heavily guided visualization. Hutchinson's questions are interspersed throughout and often they are yes/no questions such as, "Can I pray like xyz saint?" She assumes a Roman Catholic audience.

Other books that give similar weight to biography and practical step-by-step methodology include *Creating a Life with God* and *Ten Ways to Pray.* The first aims at a mainline/postmodern audience, while the second is geared toward an evangelical audience. All three insist that praying is the point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory L. Pierce on September 6, 2011
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Hi, I just finished reading "Six Ways to Pray from Six Great Saints" by Gloria Hutchinson. It is a small (152 pages) devotional prayer book that draws upon the lives and prayer practices of Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola, Therese of Lisieux, Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross. I found myself taking a week for each of these saints in my evening prayer time. This is not a long book, nor is it a difficult book to read. However, there is depth in this book and I found the exercises meaningful. This is not an intellectual exploration of these figures and their practices. It is at its heart a prayer book to be prayed and not just read. For me, in this context, it accomplished its goal. At some point I hope to revisit this book as I feel that I did grow through the experience.
Pastor Gregory Pierce
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More About the Author

Gloria Hutchinson was born in Plattsburgh, NY but has lived in the beautiful State of Maine most of her adult life. Her writing career started when she was 16 as a weekly columnist for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican. Since that time, she has worked as a journalist (Maine Times, Down East Magazine), an author of religious education texts (William H. Sadlier, Inc.), and an author and editor of spirituality books for adults (Franciscan Media, formerly St. Anthony Messenger Press). Her latest book "Glimmers of God Everywhere" is intended for people of all religions or none.