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Opening to God: A Guide to Prayer

Opening to God: A Guide to Prayer [Kindle Edition]

Thomas H. Green S.J.
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"This wonderful little book is jam-packed with the basic wisdom that both beginning and experienced pray-ers need to enter more deeply into God's presence." - Bert Ghezzi

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Often, people feel drawn to prayer but are timid and unsure about how to pray. For over thirty years, this book has demystified prayer for countless thousands. Friendly and inviting, Opening to God, now available in a revised, updated edition, explains what prayer is all about, then turns to techniques that ready the soul to encounter God. Mining his rich experiences as a Jesuit missionary and spiritual director, Thomas Greene, S.J., shakes away the cobwebs and banishes stodgy assumptions about spiritual life that is fed by the practice of prayer. A must-have resource, both for beginners and practiced 'pray-ers' who want to cultivate a more meaningful prayer experience.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Sorin Books; 2nd edition (1 April 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097F4FDW
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #473,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to prayer 28 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Some good explanations as to what we do when we pray. Although written a little while ago this book does not date. Many interesting insights from someone well experienced in this area. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding--Don't miss this one! 7 May 2000
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This is an excellent book which I would reccommend to any Christian who wants to develop a more meaningful prayer relationship with God. I've read numerous books on prayer, but this one far outshines any of the others. Concise and practical, it is also very understandable and readable for the average layman. If you want to learn how to greatly improve your prayer life, snatch this one up!
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Practical Guide To Christian Discernment 15 Jun 2000
By Patrick J. McGervey - Published on
Opening to God is about just that, opening to God's will and his movements within the soul and in the world. It is a very practical guide to discernment. I have used it with high school students who sometimes found the vocabulary and some concepts beyond them, and it is not full of poetic glimpses of the Divine mystery. It is a well grounded and faith filled view of how the Christian can faithfully seek the will of God.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and Insightful 18 Dec 2008
By Dan Z - Published on
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This introduction to prayer is just over 100 pages, but the book is still brimming with insight. The writing is natural and enjoyable. So much so that I present an outline of the book in quotes:

Chapter 1: What Prayer Is

"Hearing or listening is a good metaphor for prayer. The good pray-er is above all a good listener. Prayer is dialogue; it is a personal encounter in love."

Chapter 2: The "Irrelevance" of Prayer

"If we try to determine its relevance, to justify it by showing that it is useful, it slips through our fingers...the experience itself is the only proof, the only justification."

Chapter 3: The Relevance of Prayer: Discernment

"Similarly, in our relationship with God the signs or touchstones of mature love are instinctive judgments about what would please him, instinctive sensitivity to the quiet word or small gesture which anyone except a lover would overlook."

Chapter 4: Are There Techniques of Prayer?

"We have been discussing various techniques for coming to attentive quiet before the Lord. Not all of them are prayer proper--i.e., a personal encounter with God in love--but they are a normal prerequisite for prayer."

Chapter 5: The Active Purification of the Soul

"The problem is not too many loves, but the fact that our loves are in conflict, are eccentric, not centered and integrated. This is the root problem for every pray-er, whether married or celibate. We can have many loves in our lives, but only one center, one sun around which all our loves are satellites."

Chapter 6: The Ways of Prayer of Beginners

"We may say that meditation is not properly prayer in the sense we have defined it (a personal encounter with God in love)--but, because love depends on knowledge, meditation on the scripture is an essential first step to genuine prayer. Thus it is the principal activity of beginners when they come to pray."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource for those looking to LISTEN to God 24 Nov 2008
By Stan - Published on
Opening to God: A Guide to Prayer

This wonderful little easy-to-read guide is designed to assist the "devout pray-er" listen to the voice of God by moving beyond recited prayer to conversation and more importantly the Listening side of conversation. Thomas Green, S. J. has written many books designed for different stages of the journey of the pray-er (his term and spelling).

Based on the writings of Ignatius Loyola and St. John of The Cross the series is both inspirational and approachable.

The foundation of this one is that God does 95% of the work in the conversation and that our part is to be open to his voice in our lives.

There is enough here for people in any stage of their faith journey, but it is also a wonderful gateway to his other books written for the more mature pray-er.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource for anyone who wants to grow closer to God 18 Dec 2007
By Irish Miss - Published on
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I should just buy a dozen of these books at a time. I keep giving them to people who ask about growing closer to God through prayer. A wonderful resource for beginners and a refreshing look at prayer for "seasoned" prayers.
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