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Praying the Truth: Deepening Your Friendship with God through Honest Prayer by [William A. Barry, SJ]
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About the Author

William A. Barry, SJ, is a veteran spiritual director who is currently serving as tertian director for the New England Province of the Society of Jesus. His many books include "A Friendship Like No Other "and "God's Passionate Desire."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 287 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola Press (1 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078X3234
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #622,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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He gets to the heart of the matter with few words and valuable insights. This comes from having lived and prayed what he writes. He has the joy of the gospel on every page. This book is a gift for any believer and especially for searchers.
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Excellent book for anyone wanting to deepen their prayer like and relationship with God. The book is well set out and easy to read.
I highly recommend it. Fr Barry is a gifted writer.
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It was refreshingly simple and direct. I also lent it to a friend who is also finding it very helpful.
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No more to say - if you are Catholic looking for some Lenten reading you'll like it.As it's not a novel I can't see what more there is to say
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9594c024) out of 5 stars 32 reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Like all of Fr. Barry's books, this new book is a real gem. His book reminds us that just as honesty is essential in human relationships, so opening our hearts in honest prayer will help deepen our relationships with God. Barry's writing is lucid and down-to-earth and his real-life examples (as well as his experience as a clinical psychologist and a renowned spiritual director) make him one of the true Christian spiritual masters of our time.
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HASH(0x95ac4bf4) out of 5 stars Honest prayer 15 May 2012
By Carol Blank - Published on Amazon.com
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Praying the Truth is the third in a series of books Fr. Barry has written on human friendship as a model for our relationship with God. The first, a Friendship Like No Other, centered on evidence in Scripture that God desires our friendship. Changed Heart, Changed World looks at friendship with God as a way to improve our lives a Christians. Now, in Praying the Truth, Barry explores how our friendship with God can transform personal prayer.

The book grew, in part, from Barry's decision, during a retreat in 2010, to ask God every day "What do you want of our friendship?" That practice resulted in an almost immediate heightened awareness of God's presence and love. Barry recalls being frustrated to find himself distracted while conversing with God, then being inspired to bring the distractions into the conversation. "When I began to talk to God about my distractions, they were no longer distractions, they became openings to dialogue and greater transparency with God," he writes.

From there Barry explains the simplicity of conversational prayer, devoid of the human tendency to explain personal issues, blame others, and search for solutions. God, he writes, is not interested in listening as we talk to ourselves and try to figure out how God might respond.

Steps Barry takes to move from a one-way attempt at prayer to a dialogue with God include (1) finding a place relatively free of distractions (2) asking God to help him pay attention, and (3) asking what God wants from the relationship. After that he focuses on the Trinity and allows the conversation to unfold. As for God's part of the conversation, Barry explains that he does not actually hear a voice, but rather "gleans" certain ideas which, on reflection, seem to ring true. He explains the discernment process and describes clues that the "voice" is his own, not that of God.

I must stop here to point out that the above summary covers only the first few pages of Praying the Truth. The remaining chapters address "Telling God About" such subjects as your success, sadness, anger, sexuality, and sins. Throughout the work Barry continues to offer practical examples and suggestions for adopting this conversational prayer with God based on God's desire for an honest friendship and dialogue with each of us.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95ac6048) out of 5 stars An invitation to a real friendship with God 11 Jan. 2013
By SG - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a spiritual director who uses this book with people seeking a deeper relationship with God. People are at first shocked and then relieved that they can bring their honest feelings to God in prayer. The book has been a source of deep healing as people come to realize that they do not have to "hide" from God. Thank you Fr Barry!
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HASH(0x95ac6030) out of 5 stars A Pleased Reader 25 Feb. 2013
By S. Mary E. Dalrymple - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read books by Father Barry before and have always found them to be profound yet quite clear. This book followed the same pattern. How often we pray as we think god would like to hear us pray. Barry suggets that God prefers truth and that may take into account various emotions and feelings that god can easily handle. Each chapter suggests an area of truth that we can benefit from by speaking with God in truth and then listening for God's response in our hearts.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to experience God's compassion and understanding of all human emotions in our prayers.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95ac63fc) out of 5 stars Most excellent 25 Jun. 2013
By Earthian - Published on Amazon.com
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A confession: I read one of Barry's previous books before this one. While I took merit from that book, this is the book I was hoping for when I bought that first one.

Truthfully, I wish I had had this book in my twenties. This gem really cuts to the chase and provides some bedrock insight on prayer. I never previously considered bringing to God in prayer many of the themes Barry writes about. The core thesis in this book asserts that, "Over and over again we discover that telling God the truth, no matter how unsavory that truth is, pulls us out of self absorption and folly and moves us toward becoming the images of God we are created to be."

The author allows us to consider everything as a subject to bring to God in prayer: from rage, sexuality, sadness, our successes, personal fear,how secrecy poisons relationship, our sins, gratefulness toward God, and much more. This book blends personal stories to the themes of the book and introduces numerous Psalms as a form of prayer telling God of our own existential angst.

This is really a very fine book on prayer and it helped me profusely. I think it can help you too!

I've gained admiration and respect for this book as it triggered fruitful avenues and routes to open me to friendship with God. I especially liked the author's interpretations on the prophet Jeremiah and his own existential angst of following God's call, yet finding little hope or prosperity in his own life for doing so.

In today's spiritual marketplace too often we find ourselves under the ground swell of the meme of teachers who assert that our thinking mind alone creates our reality. Barry reminds us that not everything can be explained so easily and that our personal encounter with God is always, first, a great mystery. God decides how our lives will unfold toward its growth, and pain is sometimes a great teacher which softens us and makes us more human.
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