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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (May 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800625110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800625115
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Bondi offers a beautifully simple and profound account of prayer as the desert fathers saw it: integrally connected to love of God and neighbor, but also leading to introspection which facilitates spiritual growth. She begins with the teaching of the desert fathers about St. Paul's injunction "pray without ceasing," and discusses monastic prayer and life. Next she discusses how prayer can help develop the image of God within the individual. Bondi then addresses current concerns about prayer, how to approach it, the need for self-development, and the need for deeper human relationship through prayer. She concludes by discussing the desire for God as fostered and fulfilled through prayer by God's grace. Recommended for seminary and public libraries.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Roberts (LTIPTON@DHR.STATE.NC.US on July 31, 1998
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To Pray and To Love gave me an education on the early church and how prayer was percieved by the Abbas and Ammas. How simple it can be. Only it's not simple. "Prayer is a gift from God. All we do is receive the gift." Easier said than done. Ms. Bondi's knowledge of the monastic life was an eye opener. Especially about the role of women in the early church. I had never heard or read about Ammas. It was wonderful to know women did have a part in early church development. I agree with her, it's a shame most of the records of monastries founded by these Ammas have been lost.
I learned from this book that I was praying more than I realized and God hears every prayer short or long. Even those "God help me get through this moment" prayers.
This book was loaned to me by my minister. I'm getting my own copy. I feel the need to read this book again and again.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2000
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This was an excellent book on the power of prayer and its importance in the pursuit of love for God and neighbor. Bondi takes the reader on a journey through prayer in the early church and monastic orders to give the modern Christian a sense of how prayer can be used in the pursuit of a deeper relationship with God and neighbor. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of prayer in their life and in the life of their faith community.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1998
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It is reassuring to read that if we do not gain a sense of peace after praying, it does not necessarily mean we are not in touch with ourselves and God. Bondi helped me to realize my life with God is ongoing and that my prayer, whether it feels good or bad, is going to change depending on what is going on in my life at the time. More often than not, "it is not in the easy times of our prayer that we grow toward God the most but in the times of chaos, confusion, pain, or even boredom." (p.73)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By King Dimholt on September 13, 2006
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Well, unlike Father Brown's "A Crucified Christ In Holy Week," Bishop Richard Holloway's "The Killing," or Bishop Spong's "Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism," I can't quite call this book a 'must have.' Nevertheless, it is still a good book that raises some important points.

Early in the book, Ms. Bondi emphasizes that prayers bring us together as Christians. She also raises the harsh reality that the goals of modern society often contrast with our Christian values. This point was made in Al Pacino's "Devil's Advocate" and Jen Garner's "13 Going On 30."

An interesting point she raises is that at one time, women often gained higher status by becoming nuns. (Not to mention the freedom from becoming property in arranged marriages where they would be treated as mere child bearers.) She also emphasizes that while as people we sin, that does not destroy God's love for us.

Ms. Bondi also emphasizes that it is our own will and passions that distort our views and separate us from God. (We're all guilty of this. Myself included.) Another interesting issue she raises is that there is no one right way to pray. Different things work for different people. She also emphasizes that while it probably is not possible for us to love everyone, that it is possible to reduce our feelings of hatred and resentment.

She also says that while the Bible was written centuries ago, it was meant to speak to different ages. (If I may be permitted a slight digression, that may be one reason why there are so many different translations, and recent ones at that.)

While one really important message of the church is forgiveness, Bondi also helps us to understand that we must forgive others for our own sake.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1998
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Have you ever felt stuck in a rut during prayer? Do you wonder if prayer is for you? Do you want to know why people pray? This book helps you find answers to these questions and so many more. Never underestimate your ability to pray. That is the main message of this book. Grab a cup of tea or coffee and sit down to read this book to help enhance your prayer life!
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