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Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home [Kindle Edition]

Richard Foster
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This book is a comprehensive, profound and immediately accessible book which opens the way for all to increase their understanding and develop their practice of prayer. Richard Foster explores the riches of the historical classics of prayer as well as his own personal experience. No one who reads Prayer will remain unmoved; all will find encouragement within its pages.

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Of course there are hundreds of books on prayer and much of the advice in them is likely to be the same. So what is it that distinguishes the best of these many books? Call it a kind of wisdom, a sense that here's someone who knows something of God's heart. A good example can be found in this fine book by the Quaker writer and teacher Richard Foster. The author of the bestselling Celebration of Discipline explores various aspects of prayer, which he defines in one place as "the human response to the perpetual outpouring of love by which God lays siege to every soul". Beginning with the simplest forms of prayer--what he calls "ordinary people bringing ordinary concerns to a loving and compassionate Father"--he then explores the deeper places where prayer becomes not simply petition but a way of life. He writes of prayer, adoration and rest, sacramental prayer, meditation, and contemplation and, in the final section of the book, moves outward into ministry where prayer meets the needs of the world. In each chapter Foster defines, describes, and gives helpful examples. Above all, he writes with grace--a word I use here in both artistic and spiritual senses. --Doug Thorpe


This book is a rare gift ... both a guide to prayer and an answer to one. (John Ortberg)

A master teaching on the Master Subject. (Eugene Peterson)

This book has helped me immensely in my struggles for spiritual vitality and depth. (Tony Campolo)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 716 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00713L1SO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Guide to Prayer 31 July 2007
Richard Foster writes profoundly useful material in a kind and generous way. He understands the pressing need for guidance and help for all Christians in working out expressions of faith, and living lives that honour God.

It is no surprise then that he should write about Prayer; the dynamo for Christian life. He offers an excellent tour of different types of prayer, giving tips and hints in some areas, words of caution too, but always gently encouraging us to try and pray more often, and in greater variety.

When I read this book I was deeply grateful for the affirmation it gave me. I realised that I pray in a number of ways, which was an encouragment. But I also realised that I still have a lot to learn and experience.

This wasn't a book to be rushed, and while other books on prayer may simply pass on the information, Richard Foster's book invites you to pause and try it out.

In that one regard I strongly recommend this book to any Christian (or not) who is interested in broadening their prayer life, and therefore relationship with God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Survival guide for your spiritual life 20 April 2009
If you are serious about becoming Christ centred rather than just committed to Him, then both this book and the Celebration of Discipline by the same author need to be on the bookshelf with your bible and taken down regularly and worked through in detail...
May you be blessed by the power and gentleness of Holy Spirit as you grow in Him and He in you...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully affective and effective 25 Aug. 1997
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Instramental in beginnning a conversion to that which I already believed. Recomended for anyone who wishes to deepen or expand their prayer life. Wonderfully written and organized.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awsome guide to prayer in all of its facets. 29 Dec. 1998
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Richard Foster is blessed with an inspired understanding of how we may approach God. It is instructional and inspirational. It is evedent that he teaches what he has learned as he moves toward the heart of God. This is a book that will take us all to where we meet God and learn His will and His Love for us. A book for all people who look to learn the way of prayer and who need to feel God's presence in their life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Prayer 22 July 2013
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This is the best and most comprehensive book on prayer I'm aware of. Written so I understand and without condesension
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner 5 May 2014
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Very enjoyable and practical book for anyone interested in deepening a prayer life. It was recommended to me and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to others.
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