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21 Jan 2011
Many of us are aware of our spiritual nature, and we have a real desire and need to talk to God. Prayer, however, seems a difficult thing to do. While talking to our friends comes easily, we often think that talking to God does not. In How to Pray, John Pritchard takes us on a journey into prayer. Whether you are just starting out in your prayer life or want to deepen and refresh it, this practical handbook will be a constant source of ideas and inspiration. This bestselling title is now reissued with a new cover.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (21 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 028106430X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281064304
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"- "Approachable, down-to-earth, refreshing, informative, humorous and moving - these are only some of the words which clamour to be used of a book which represents a major contribution in an area which can be as difficult as it is hugely important." David Hope, Archbishop of York --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The Rt Revd John Pritchard is Bishop of Oxford. He was Bishop of Jarrow and, before that, Archdeacon of Canterbury. He has written many books for SPCK, including the bestselling Intercessions Handbook and its follow-up The Second Intercessions Handbook, How to Explain Your Faith, and, most recently, Going to Church: A User's Guide and Living Jesus.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle guide to Christian prayer 19 Dec 2005
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With gentleness, common sense and a touch of humour (things I don't necessarily associate with "how to" books on prayer!) John Pritchard gives an explanation of prayer, and guide to praying, as a Christian.
Ideal for somone who is new to faith, or returning to faith in mid life, but it also has some ideas and suggestions (especially in the later more advanced sections) which any Christian wanting to deepen their prayer life will find helpful.
Yes, it is a specifically Christian book, from a middle of the road Anglican perspective - but if that's what you are looking for do try this!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on prayer 21 Mar 2009
John Pritchard's book on prayer is a real gem. An honest, simple, but profound guide to prayer, accessible to absolutely anyone. Short chapters cover many different traditions and styles of prayer, and provide reassuring advice that reminds the reader that s/he is not alone when facing many of the challenges that attempts to pray can bring. It would be impossible to commend this book to highly.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading 25 Sep 2009
This is a real "How To" book, not a study in the theology of prayer. Whether you are a beginner or experienced in praying, this book will teach you how to go further. I'm working my way through it steadily and trying to put things into practice as I go. So far, it's been very helpfull.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Very Good 1 Jan 2011
By Birmingham Book Reader VINE VOICE
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I pirchased this book after a recommendation form a friend, it is written in a relaxed style but is packed with helpful ways into prayer. I personally find like many do that pray can be hard but How To Pray opens up so many different ways to actually pray.

A really good book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I loved this book. I read it quickly first time and then had to go back and let the widsom of it just sink it as you can so easily miss it the first time!! It is full of practical ideas and makes prayer as natural a thing to do as breathing!! Even if you were not into prayer in the formal sense of the word, you would find something here to interest you. It really is a little powerhouse of a book and shows what a life-changing and potentially explosive thing prayer can be!!! Handle with care!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical is correct 27 Mar 2011
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars how to pray 5 Jun 2012
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A Lovely book. I am finding it very easy to follow and inspirational as well. I would highly recommend this book to all have have trouble praying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars recommendation 21 Aug 2011
By Maura
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I would recommend this book without any reservation - the most helpful and reassuring book I have read on its subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I really like this book, it is well written and easy to read, just wanted something to give me some guidance.
Published 13 days ago by Ms. MA Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars HELPFUL BOOK
This was recommended to me and once received I found it very helpful. I used it in conjunction with a prayer meeting I was part of and it was very useful.
Published 2 months ago by Adrian Grocott
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal introduction to prayer
Very helpful and well presented. Bought as a present but might keep it for myself. Very readable and should be read by anyone seeking to deepen their prayer life.
Published 6 months ago by N MacGillycuddy
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC....
A wonderful book for everyone wanting to learn to pray. It begins with the beginner who is perhaps praying for the first time to the more experienced Christian who has been praying... Read more
Published 13 months ago by MBNA Platinum Plus
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
John Pritchard never ceases to amaze me his writings are so understandable and practical, All his books are worth a look at.
Published 13 months ago by Ang
4.0 out of 5 stars Prayer for beginners
Yep I found it difficult to pray and meditate but this book gave me practical pointers to understand what prayer is all about.
Published 17 months ago by RunnerBeans
4.0 out of 5 stars How to Pray
Th is book is most helpful and suitable for anyone who leads their church prayers.I can turn to the various subjects suggested for any given occasion.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. Sheila Eyre
5.0 out of 5 stars a book for prayer
On first opening the book the page format of double columns of texts may lead you to feel that there is too much to get through. Read more
Published 18 months ago by GoldenEars
5.0 out of 5 stars good gift
Straight forward , easy to understand. Exceelnt for gifts at Confirmations, and well recieved.
I would recommened John Pritchard any time

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Published 19 months ago by Mrsm J. Drury
5.0 out of 5 stars prayer
Good straight suggestions/advice with a touch of humour. Sufficiently accessible not to put the beginner off but with depth as well. Would suit a variety of theological readers.
Published 19 months ago by R. Deans
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