Prayer

Collections of prayers, and help with different ways of praying to suit our many different characters,

Sanctuary of the Soul

- A Journey Into Meditative Prayer

by Richard Foster


Weaving together quotes and stories from the lives of mothers and fathers of the faith as well as powerful encounters with God from his own life, Foster describes the riches to be gained through quietening your mind and heart in order to listen to and obey God more closely. Publisher

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Review by publisher  (28/10/11)
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Hardback
Price: £12.99
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton - Hachette UK Ltd
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-444-70257-6

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The Chaplet of the Holy Spirit



by Francis Eghomie


This little pocket book of twenty one pages consists of prayers of thanksgiving for the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, these being Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord. There is a particular prayer for each of the gifts. It is intended that these prayers be said with rosary in hand and there is a diagram to help with the order of the prayers. However, if a chaplet is not available or not wanted, the prayers can also be said reading from the booklet. These thanksgiving prayers, compact but comprehensive, are a good and easy way to thank Our Lord for all the graces and favours received from the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity.

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Review by John Irvine  (28/10/11)
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Booklet
Price: £3.95
Publisher: St Pauls Publishing from Redemptorist Publications
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-0-854-39801-0

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The Daily Prayer Rosary

- With Daily and Seasonal Readings from Common Worship

Compiled by Clay Roundtree


The author of this book is an Anglican priest who claims the Rosary for all Christians, not just Roman Catholics. However, there are differences. The meditations are drawn from the psalms and biblical canticles from the Church of England’s Book of Common Worship. The structure is therefore that of the four Offices - Morning Prayer, Day Prayer, Evening Prayer, Night Prayer. The author, although insisting that a set of beads is not essential for good prayer, considers them a help to concentration and a comforting hand tool. The bulk of the book is made up of the classic Rosary prayers throughout the Church’s year from Advent to Easter. Catholics as well as Anglicans will find this book of great practical use, containing not only familiar prayers but also meditations and reflections on the scriptures and liturgy.

Review by John Irvine  (13/10/11)
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Price: £12.99
Publisher: Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Published: July 2011
ISBN: 978-1-848-25088-8

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Prayers for all Occasions



by Ian Black


This is a wonderful book of short prayers, and whilst 'All Occasions' might be an exaggeration there are many useful additions to the general church year prayers which are more commonly published. There is for example a nice prayer for before a meeting, another for before a concert, as well prayers for such moments as the start and end of the school year, harvest Mothers Day and so on. There are also some for significant moments in pastoral care; betrayal, divorce, expecting a baby, blessing a home. It includes rather more whimsical prayers, for chocolate, beer, and April Fools for example. The prayers themselves are a good balance of liturgical and everyday language and wouldn't feel out of place in a Church service or in an informal setting. All in all one of the most useful collections of prayers I have come across.

Review by Naomi Nixon  (13/10/11)
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Paperback
Price: £9.99
Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-281-06367-3

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Amish Prayers



by Beverly Lewis


The material here is newly translated, the author tells us, from the 1708 edition of Die Ernsthafte Christenpflicht. The drawings which accompany the text (taken from photographs?) help to create an atmosphere which brings the reader into the Amish world, however superficially. The prayers themselves often seem to be an expanded ‘collect’ form, or perhaps ‘preface’ would be a better description, since God is praised and thanked for his work in creation, and then the individual appropriates the lessons of God’s work for him/herself. Action should then follow..…

Review by Ian Gibbs  (10/10/11)
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Price: £6.99
Publisher: Bethany House imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-0-764-20882-9

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Prayer



by Michael Mayne


There is nothing in this short book on prayer that hasn’t been expressed eloquently before by any of the great masters of the devotional life – Simone Weil, Thomas Merton, Harry Williams, to name but a few. But there is nothing wrong with repetition when it is executed so succinctly and effectively as through the pen of Michael Mayne, and to place him in the same company as the aforementioned greats only serves to emphasise the value of this small volume.
Prayer - Mayne stresses – is a journey inwards; it is a state of being not an activity to be completed. It is the only place where we can truly meet ourselves, others and God. In that sense, prayer is the only true reality that exists.
The truth of this is undeniable but it is an uncomfortable reminder perhaps, of how little true prayer exists within the worshipping life of our churches. For many churchgoers prayer is about asking God to do things for us or for others, when instead prayer should simply be calling us to be still in God’s presence, enjoying the company of the divine and listening to the silence. Then miracles can happen.
Potentially useful in all sorts of settings this book should have had ten minutes attention by an editor before being hastened into print. For the text is clearly an un-edited series of talks given at a conference, knowledge of which is assumed in the final copy and yet no explanation is given by way of introduction. That is not what one expects of either Michael Mayne or DLT.

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Review by David Ford  (27/09/11)
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Publisher: DLT (Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd)
Published: July 2011
ISBN: 978-0-232-52862-6

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God's Passion

- Praying with Mark

by Terry Hinks

ISBN: 978-0-232-52838-1
Price: £8.99

Published: July 2011
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Praying Through

- Finding Wholeness and Healing in the Prayers of David

by John Kitchen

ISBN: 978-0-875-08978-2
Price: £8.50

Published: June 2007
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The Art of Biblical Prayer



by J.W.Rogerson

ISBN: 978-0-281-06450-2
Price: £9.99

Published: June 2011
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Naming and Blessing

- A Book of Name Prayers

by Andrew Tawn

ISBN: 978-0-285-63892-1
Price: £15.00

Published: 10 October 2010
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Praying With the Earth

- A Prayer Book for Peace

by John Philip Newell

ISBN: 978-1-848-25049-9
Price: £10.99

Published: 10 May 2011
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Prayer

- Steps to a Deeper Relationship

by Henry French

ISBN: 978-1-841-01861-4
Price: £6.99

Published: January 2011
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Adventures in Daily Prayer

- Experiencing the Power of God's Love

by Bert Ghezzi

ISBN: 978-1-587-43267-5
Price: £12.99

Published: November 2010
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The Edge of Glory: Prayers in the Celtic Tradition

- SPCK Classics

by David Adam illustrated by Peter Dingle and others

ISBN: 978-0-281-06451-9
Price: £7.99

Published: April 2011
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When You Don’t Know What to Pray

- How to Talk to God About Anything

by Linda Evans Shepherd

ISBN: 978-0-800-73313-1
Price: £9.99

Published: 2010
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Twitturgies

- Personal Liturgies in 140 Characters or Less

by Gerard Kelly

ISBN: 978-1-907-08032-6
Price: £6.99

Published: 10 April 2011
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Lord Hear Our Prayer



by Jenny Child

ISBN: 978-1-856-07725-5
Price: £7.99

Published: 03 February 2011
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Interceding for Revival

- Golden Bowls of Incense

by Andrew Baguley

ISBN: 978-1-905-99150-1
Price: £6.99

Published: 15 April 2010
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Too Busy Not To Pray

- Slowing Down to Be With God

by Bill Hybels

ISBN: 978-1-844-74509-8
Price: £8.99

Published: March 2011
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On Earth As It Is In Heaven

- How the Lord's Prayer Teaches Us To Pray More Effectively

by Warren W. Wiersbe

ISBN: 978-0-801-07219-2
Price: £8.99

Published: 01 March 2010
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