A Body In Prayerby Neil Combs
My favorite chapter, hands down
Imagine using your whole body to pray; actively thinking about how each body part can be used to glorify the Lord! That is exactly what author Neil Combs does in his new book, A Body in Prayer. Neil makes you feel as if you are sitting across the table from him and having a lively conversation about his unique approach to praying.
My favorite chapter, hands down (pun intended), is Chapter 7, "Gotta Hand it to You." He addresses our attitudes about work, charity, and prayer, while challenging the reader to adopt a positive and active approach to each task.
A Body in Prayer is a quick and entertaining read. The book effectively combines humor, thoughtfulness and practical suggestions to increase in holiness by focusing on the special attributes of each part of our bodies and how they can be used in prayer. It may have particular appeal to men, who often have trouble finding an active approach to spiritualism.
By Mary Lou Rosien, author of Catholic Family Boot Camp
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This book is an accessible path to Catholic spirituality. By 'accessible' I mean easy to read and understand,because even though it provides the appropriate scriptural reference or link to the practice of a saint, it does so without unnecessary wordiness, and by 'Catholic' I mean it is an excellent treatment of the traditional Catholic practices of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. The treatment of the senses in service to spirituality is especially good, because in fact we sin through our senses, and that is why in the sacrament of Extreme Unction, given by the priest during serious illness or imminent death, the senses are anointed and purified with the holy oil. Combs has here assembled many ways to use the senses rather as prayers, looking and listening and tasting the gifts our Creator offers us. It would be impossible to enumerate all the practical tips, but I have two favorites. You will find the advice to 'smile more' just about everywhere, and with good reason, it is a behavior associated with happy, successful people. But Combs associates it not with our success but with our suffering, a way of telling God that in spite of our own trials, we cheerfully accept His will for us, we accept our cross. This is so Catholic! And the other surprising advice he gives is rather a smile's opposite--our tears. Combs enumerates the many times the Bible tells us Christ wept, and then advises us to cry freely, as a child might, so that a loving Father in heaven will do what any parent does--comfort and help. This is so insightful and so useful that it alone is worth the small price of this incredibly useful little book.