I bought this book when it first came out in 1992 and am now on my third copy. It is a book that I keep coming back to myself, and enthusiastically recommend to others. The author offers the reader the opportunity to find `the heart's true home'. It is obvious from the book's style that it is written by someone who has been on that voyage of discovery themselves, rather than by someone who has a dry academic interest in prayer.
It is the burden of Richard Foster's life to show people that the genuine spiritual life is deeper, wider and taller than they could ever imagine, and to encourage them to `come on in' and discover it themselves. The author never comes across as someone who knows it all. The book is full of descriptions of how he came to experience areas of prayer and he is honest enough to admit where is he is (at the time of writing), and the places that he has yet to explore himself. The effect of his style on me is that I find myself putting down the book, not to analyse what I have read, but to get on with praying myself.
There is no attempt to steer the reader in the direction of any particular church or form of Christianity. The author draws on the Bible and key figures from across all church boundaries and all ages over the last 2000 years who have explored the life of prayer - intimacy with God. Whether you are a new Christian, an old hand, or simply a seeker after truth this book will have something for you in it, as Richard Foster is an old hand himself, who is always keen to discover knew things about God's heart and is always open to fresh perspectives on the truth.