It may be better than nothing, for physical fitness, to spend just one hour a week at a gym, and the rest of the week sedentary and indolent. It will be much better, however, if you incorporate a fitness programme into your everyday life. So it is with spiritual fitness. Church attendance is a beginning, immeasurably enhanced by a daily prayer life. So what is prayer? I think that our notions are often conditioned by the practicalities we learned as children (kneel down, hands together, close your eyes), and if we want a definition Pritchard only gets round to one on page 11: "Prayer, then, is simply being present to the presence of God." But it is the process that is more important than this, and by the time I had got to Chapter 7, How to Pray Through the Day, I felt that I had reached the kernel of the book. Reading on and I felt that there was more than one kernel, if thats possible, because prayer is presented here as essentially functional and practical, as the subtitle states. "It leads into life, not away from it" (p15). Essentially, this book is suffused with a relaxed tone. On page 38, for instance, Pritchard extends a helping hand to those who may feel somewhat disheartened, and unable to conceive of themselves following his thorough guidance. The relationship with God is instead emphasised, formality or soleminity not being necessary in this at all.