"Prayer: Our Deepest Longing" looks at the issues facing people of
faith in today's culture, and offers a way of more effectively
dealing with them by seeking out opportunities for prayer. With
simple, down-to-earth language, Rolheiser illustrates the
importance of prayer and offers techniques on how to pray, using
examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary writers. He
delves into the places that we fear to go with our issues about
prayer, encouraging us with gentle kindness and words of hope and
The book is divided into five sections.
1. "Why Pray?" Illustrates the
purposes and benefits of prayer for ourselves, as well as for the
broader Catholic community and even the world.2. "Why Is It so
Hard?" Notes how our contemporary culture conspires against taking
time out for solitude and prayer, and how our own ego--with its
fears, restlessness, and narcissism--can work against developing a
deeper relationship with God through prayer.3. "What Is Prayer?"
Outlines the two basic types of prayer, that is, affective
(personal) and priestly (for the world). This section also notes
the many ways or methods for each type of prayer, such as
meditation, contemplation, the divine office, the Mass, and
Scripture.4. "Sticking with It When It Gets Hard." This section
covers the development of mature prayer, discussing ways to pray in
times of boredom, disillusionment, crisis, helplessness, or after a
loved one's death.5. "Mysticism." Here we learn about this
increasingly popular form of intimate relationship with God.There
will be a leader's guide for this book, making it an ideal resource
for use with prayer groups, small faith communities, and
This is a book for all manner of believer, whether your faith is
solidly rooted in Catholicism, wavering between the Christianity of
childhood and non-participatory faith as an adult, or just not sure
what you believe--or whether you believe at all. It addresses
topics that typify our culture, such as narcissism, pragmatism,
efficiency, and self-gratification, and that work against a healthy
spiritual life. Finally, the book takes us to a place of contact
and comfort, in relationship not only with God but with our true
selves as well.
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