How to Pray: A Practical Handbook How to Pray: A Practical Handbook

John Pritchard
ISBN 9780281054541 (0281054541)
SPCK, 2002

Category: Prayer and Poetry
Reviewed by: Sue Groom

We are all aware that we should pray. But how? Where do we begin? What do we say? How do we listen?

This book is excellent! It is, as its title suggests, a practical handbook. There are chapters on how to begin, with practical suggestions on making time and creating the right atmosphere; introductions to different types of prayer: with the Bible, with your emotions, with everyday life; how to use music and the arts, how to pray in church and how to pray through difficult times. Each chapter has stories to inspire you, questions to help you reflect, numerous quotations to feed your spirit, and prayers to use, as well as some delightful cartoon illustrations.

When I first saw this book advertised, I was doubtful, but having read through it from cover to cover and returned to dip into its pages many times since, I am convinced. If you only ever pick up one book on prayer in your life, make it this one!

Discovering Prayer
A series of articles on prayer written whilst Sue was the Vicar at St Matthew's, Yiewsley.

Sue Groom, April 2003

The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).

Previously published by St Matthew's Church, Yiewsley. Reused here by kind permission.

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