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Prayer Primer : Igniting a Fire Within Paperback – March 4, 2002
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Not long after, I was browsing a relative's bookshelf when I happened upon a dog-eared copy of Fire Within, Marist Father Thomas Dubay's guided tour of the pair's writings. Specifically, it was the book's subtitle that caught my eye: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel -- On Prayer.
Evidently, giving up on the Carmelite superstars hadn't set well with my ego. "Mind if I borrow this?" I asked. "Not at all," my relative answered. Bad move on her part. By the time I finally found it within myself to part company with the book and return it to its rightful owner, she had tired of waiting and bought herself another copy. The "problem," such as it was, was that Fire Within had given me one of the most sublime reading experiences I've ever had.
So it was that Father Dubay coaxed me far deeper inside the prayer lives of Teresa and John than the two ever could have brought me on their own. (In a way, I suppose, not unlike the manner by which the Blessed Mother shows us aspects of her divine Son we would fail to see without her help.)
And so it was that, when I saw that he had just come out with a new book intriguingly subtitled Igniting a Fire Within, I made sure to get my hands on a copy straight away. I know a long-awaited companion volume when I see one.
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I wouldn't really recommend this book to someone entirely new to prayer - the newly evangelized, for instance. I would recommend it to those who are ready to move beyond vocal prayer. For me, there's a lot to be said for some vocal prayer and I think the author is simply too dismissive of it, urging readers too readily to 'mature' to meditation and contemplation (which just comes naturally after some time).
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I highly recommend this book if you have never really had a previous prayer life. It's good for beginners.Published 1 month ago by masterprogrammer200
Very good book when you read this and what it says you actually think like well how did you know that because what you read here is what you actually do you yourself in life well... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eamon joe
Thomas DuBay is an excellent spiritual mentor to help you grow deeper in you Catholic faith.Published 11 months ago by Seier
Fr. Dubay is an experienced and learned priest. His instructions for progress in prayer are clear and understandable.Published 12 months ago by Mavourneen
Fr. Dubay never fails to inspire with his clear, concise and methodical writing style.Published 14 months ago by Douglas Naaden
This is an excellent book for anyone interested in learning how to pray! Easy to understand and to put into practice!Published 19 months ago by Catherine C
Enjoyed this book very much, actually sent it to a monastery once I was finished with it and they have enjoyed it and added it to there library.Published 19 months ago by Ken P.