Whether you struggle to believe in God, are a beginner in prayer, or are more advanced in your spiritual practice, renowned spiritual master Ronald Rolheiser will gently lead you to a deepening experience of God in prayer. Your own yearning and intuition mark the starting point. Drawing from Scripture, ancient and modern writers, and experience, Fr. Rolheiser clears common misconceptions about prayer and offers both consolation and challenge. In 33 brief reflections, he will help you understand how to overcome struggles in prayer, develop a mature prayer habit, and explore new prayer practices. Get ready to open your heart and hear God clearly say to you, "I love you!"
©2013 Ron Rolheiser (P)2013 Franciscan Media
Father Ronald Rolheiser's book on prayer is both interesting and practical. As in other of Fr. Rolheiser he combines story, practice and imagination. Fr. Rolheiser's reading of his short but challenging presentation on prayer in our daily life keeps our attention and invites us to explore our own experiences of prayer.
What I found most heartening is the practical nature of the discussion. The author acknowledges the 24/7 nature of our lives, complete with distractions of work, family, & avalanche of stimuli (iPod, iPhone, iPad, iNeed, iWant, & iMust) that make it difficult to "show up" & be fully "present" regularly for prayer. The impact of our moods, health, emotional state, & simply being human are not seen as character flaws in growth via the practice of prayer. These things simply....are. No guilt, no shame, in praying when we are ticked-off, feeling guilty, or in a "murderous" fame of mind. Prayer is presented in its fullest dimension letting the reader know that God accepts us. Period. But most of all want us to know He/She walks with us each & every moment, even when we feel forgotten, & how the daily practice of prayer brings us closer to that awareness over time no matter what circumstances we face.
Bear in mind that this is a not entertainment. The delivery was simple & straight forward as it should be. Mr. Hirt did not speak in a monotone nor an inappropriately upbeat manner. It seems like the standard college lecture experience; however, the topic's depth and spiritual nature was not compromised by the delivery.
Not entertainment material.
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