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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor Inc.,U.S. (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612787096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612787091
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 14.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David McConville on 11 Mar. 2015
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Pope Benedict XVI does it again! 27 Sept. 2013
By Stuart Dunn - Published on
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Throughout his reign as pope, Benedict XVI has given many talks on various aspects of the Faith, including the Apostles, the Fathers of the Church, Doctors of the Church, etc. Our Sunday Visitor has done an excellent job compiling these texts into published volumes and keeping the appearance of the books uniform throughout the series. This makes for not only a superb collection of writings but also an aesthetically pleasing section on your bookshelf when you line up the many tomes of our retired Holy Father. When I heard that there was a book being released on Prayer, I knew had to read it.

The text of this book includes General Audiences that Pope Benedict XVI gave from May 2011 through October 2012. He stopped giving these talks in February 2013, when he resigned from the papacy to pursue a life of prayer. That makes this series of catechetical talks one of his very last, and a must-own for any serious student of Pope Benedict. A thought struck me while reading through this book. I'm not sure if it's true, but it seems like he was not only educating his flock on prayer but also preparing for the next chapter in his life.

Spanning forty-five chapters (or talks), this book covers a wide range of topics on prayer. I won't list them all here, but some of the highlights include chapters on Moses, Elijah, Peter, Paul, Stephen, and various psalms. Of particular interest to me was the Chapter Thirteen, which discussed Psalm 22 (21). As Pope Benedict pointed out, this psalm is very Christological. For those of you unfamiliar with this psalm, it begins with, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" We hear these words of the psalmist David echoed from the lips of Jesus on His cross. However, as Pope Benedict is quick to explain, this lamentation in the psalm turns into a song of praise. By explaining this, it brings to light the fact that Jesus didn't actually lament God forsaking Him, because God did not forsake Him. It also reminds us that we should always trust God, even in moments of persecution and humiliation.

If you would like to learn more about prayer, I can think of no better teacher than our previous Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. Each talk is spiritually deep and full of wisdom. However, they remain clear and concise too. Reading some of these chapters made me feel like I was in Rome listening to him deliver these addresses in person. Pick this book up, and read it. Then, re-read it, and follow his lessons and example on how to develop and cultivate a prayerful life. Lastly, let us remember to pray for both him and our current Holy Father, Pope Francis.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An invitation to deepen prayer moments 8 July 2013
By Plinio Almeida Barbosa - Published on
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This collection of the Emeritus Pope audiences is an invitation to increase knowledge of prayer in the life of the Church. Since love is only possible after knowledge, this book attracts us to a deeper life of prayer and worship to the only God in three persons. As other writings by Benedictus XVI the book is couched in solid theological research.
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If there were six stars, I would give "Prayer" all of them. 31 July 2014
By Ancient Bookworm - Published on
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Every Christian should have this brilliant, beautiful, simple, and complex book. Other reviewers have described its contents very well, so I will just add my praise to theirs. For lovers of old-fashioned non-electronic books, let me say that "Prayer" is is a beauty--hard-backed with pages firmly attached to the spine, light enough to read in bed, and with wonderfully clear but not oversized type on that elegant white matte paper that the best books used to have.
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Collection of Wednesday Audience addresses on prayer 21 Aug. 2013
By Chan Casey - Published on
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This is at times topical, and at times commentary on individual Psalms. I read it voraciously. I recommend it highly.
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Praying 19 Sept. 2013
By Beverly Lynn - Published on
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Pope Benedict is very good and I always enjoy reading books that he has written. He has not disappointed me with this book. Brings prayer and scripture together.
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