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Drawing on Barry's experience as a Jesuit and a spiritual director, this reflects the Ignatian approach to spirituality, with its active use of imaginative faculties, in contrast, say, to Basil Pennington's method of imageless prayer. Exploring prayer as a conscious, dynamic relationship with God, Barry discusses contemplative approaches to nature and Scripture, emotional self-awareness, and ways of transcending ambivalence or outmoded images of God. Reassuring and easily accessible. EC
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About the Author

William A. Barry, S.J., & William J. Connolly, S.J., were two of the six co-founders of the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1971. The center was one of the first to offer year-long specialized training in spiritual direction. Both authors now reside at Campion Center, Weston, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809129353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809129355
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This first book of Bill Barry's is easy to read, but the reader will find many profound insights. Fr. Barry combins his interest and training in spiritual direction and his Ph.D. in psychology to answer basic questions on prayer. When I look back on this work after reading some of the authors other books or more accademic works I find that he said it all here. I'd strongly recommend this for any adult begining in prayer or any "old timer" who has limited themselves to the style of praying they learned as a child.
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This is the kind of book that makes you wish to underline or highlight every sentence. It has no dead spots. While the book encourages resting in God's presence as a form of prayer, it is not a "restful" or "easy" book, but one that demands attention. It rewards that attention not with pat answers about the nature of God, but with an overarching vision of God as Love, and with ideas--but not demands--on how we can experience that Love as a presence infusing our lives. The book was loaned to me by my own Director, and I anticipate getting my own copy. There is no way you can get it all at once: if you can do that, you are either St. Ignatius himself or have a photographic memory and perfect understanding. Fr. Barry's work bears restudy and should be taken up again at intervals so we may remind ourselves of the God whom we not only serve, but in whose arms we rest.
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A short book written by an experienced (Jesuit) pastoral psychologist on the topic of prayer. It came highly recommended by my Spiritual Director. Great for the person who is beginning to develop a "conscious" relationship with God through prayer. "Conscious" meaning being aware of the presence of God in our everyday lives. This practical book provides insights into understanding emotions and prayer, images of God and prayer and the effects of prayer as well as others. Simply written, but powerful and full of insight!
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This is a very valuable approach to prayer. It helped me get deeper than the pre-scripted prayers that have become almost meaningless thru repetition. Most important, it showed me how to get past the boredom induced by reluctance to talk to God about my resentments and shortcomings.
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Teachings on prayer can be a disappointment. Content can be banal and a rehash of things one learned in early childhood. But Wm. Barry builds one idea on top of another till he concludes that when we become mature in our faith our prayers no longer ask God to conform to our wishes but we, because of our developing relationship with God, become more like him.
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"God and You, Prayer as a Personal Relationship" is an amazing little book by William A. Barry, S.J. It is simple, basic, and profound. I read it one chapter at a time, with time to ponder and put into practice what I read. Fr. Barry has written a truly remarkable book that touched me deeply - it would not be exaggerating to say that it was life-changing. I have already given it as a gift. There are many different ways to approach prayer, I feel sure that the reader will connect with at least one of the ways Fr. Barry discusses. Highly recommend!
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prayer life. Fr. Barry has many years of experience as a spiritual director, and it all shines throguh in his writings. He is phenomenal, especiall for the fact that his writings are very down to earth and easy to understand.
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This book totally changed my perspective of prayer. I have not felt more confident or sure in my prayer life. I have been able to focus completly on prayer much more throughout my day and have felt a bond between God and I form. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone of any religion looking to closen their relationship with God.
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