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1993-04 Paperback Brand NEW copy! New paperback book copy of Beginning Prayer by John Killinger. (Revised edition printing of book originally titled: Prayer: The Act of Being ... with God published by Word, Inc., 1981. ) From the back cover: Beginning Prayer is for the person who is fairly new at prayer. It is a very basic introduction to what one does when he or she begins to pray. Most importantly the author, in his warm, straightforward style, offers the reader many specific methods for beginning to pray an dfor experiencing more deeply the presence of God in everyday life. Upper Room Books, Nashville TN, 1981. Third printing 2001. 107 pages, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, 22 cm. This edition is currently out of print. Retail price 10.00. Read more Show Less

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For the person who is fairly new at prayer, this is a fundamental book, a primer--on prayer. It is about attitude in prayer, about times of day for praying, about places for praying, about posture in prayer, and about mood in prayer. Most importantly, Beginning Prayer offers specific methods for beginning to pray.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835806763
  • Publisher: Upper Room Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

The Rev. Dr. John Killinger and his wife, Anne, live in Warrenton, Virginia. A former pastor in Baptist, Presbyterian, and Congregational churches, he also taught for 15 years at Vanderbilt Divinity School and was distinguished professor of religion and culture at Samford University in Birmingham. He is the author of over 50 books, among them *God, the Devil, and Harry Potter.** His prayers and sayings often find their way into Sunday church bulletins and other ministers' sermons.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

An Attitude of Prayer 13

The Best Time for Praying 16

The Best Place for Praying 21

Your Posture in Praying 25

The Mood for Praying 28

The Methods of Praying 34

The Prayer of Silence 36

Listening to God's Questions 39

Using a Single Phrase 41

The Jesus Prayer 44

The Use of Mere Syllables 47

Praying with a Mental Image 50

Fantasized Images 53

Praying Set Prayers 56

Praying the Lord's Prayer 58

Meditating on the Scriptures 62

Fantasizing with the Scriptures 67

Meditating on Other Literature 72

Giving Thanks for All Things 74

Blessing Your Memories 77

Praying About Your Work 80

Praying About Your Dreams 83

Praying for Others 88

Fantasized Scenes 93

An Imaginary Conversation with Christ 98

Subconscious Writing 100

Keeping a Prayer Journal 102

Conclusion 106

About the Author 111

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

    Prayer is probably my biggest difficulty in the Christian life.

    Prayer is probably my biggest difficulty in the Christian life. Yes, I struggle with sin. But communing with God is difficult. When I saw the book Beginning Prayer by John Killinger I knew I had to read it.

    Published by Upper Room Ministries (which as far as I can tell through research is a division of the United Methodist Church), Beginning Prayer is an easy read book, the flavor almost reminds me of an old book. It is written in an almost conversational tone, or at least like a college lecture with your favorite professor. 

    It doesn't matter at all in the grand scheme of things but at times I wasn't sure if it was written by/to Catholics or by/to Protestants.  It could work very well with either group.  It lends itself to be very liturgical in nature. 

    The only thing I did not like about the book was he talks about chanting our prayers like one chants a mantra. Just a word or phrase over and over. He tells the story of one man who was given the task of praying "the prayer of Jesus" over and over, at first having to say it 30,000 times in a day. Within it week it was nearly tripled. Now he spends hours a day just chanting that one phrase.  He also talked of prayer in silence and said we need to "rid our mind of everything." That to me sounds a little too much like transcendental meditation. Which I'm not interested in at all.  

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. 

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