For the past forty-five years, beloved author Bert Ghezzi has begun each day with prayer. At first he had to work at doing it consistently, but eventually he couldn't imagine starting his day without it. Through his discovery of the gift of daily prayer, he came to see God's connection with us as a bountiful and permanent act of love.
In this delightful book Ghezzi shares his adventures in prayer, offering readers a winsome invitation to experience the promise and power of this faithful daily practice. For those who have struggled at cultivating a strong prayer life, he provides practical help for overcoming obstacles. He also covers how to pray, praying for and with others, and persevering in prayer. The book includes questions for further reflection and group discussion at the end of each chapter.
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About the Author
Bert Ghezzi (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is a popular speaker and columnist. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Heart of a Saint: Ten Ways to Grow Closer to God and The Sign of the Cross: Recovering the Power of the Ancient Prayer.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
1. Adventures in Daily Prayer
2. Giving Ourselves to God
3. Living in God's Presence
4. Praying in the Spirit
5. Praying with Thanksgiving
6. Praying with Scripture
7. Listening to God
8. Relying on God
9. Praying for Others
10. Praying with Others
11. Faithfulness at Prayer
12. Prayer and Christian Growth
What People are Saying About This
"This is a fine little book, wise and tender and filled with grace." -- (Dean Koontz, author of A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog, the Odd Thomas stories, and other bestsellers)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Anytime I see Bert Ghezzi's name on the spine of a book, I stop to take a look. As one of the original leaders in the charismatic renewal, long-time editor of New Covenant magazine, the author of numerous books and articles, an international speaker and regular guest on EWTN - all while being a husband and father of seven - he is long on insight. "But," you might ask, "what more can be written about personal prayer?" Well, prepare yourself to be humbled my friend; I know I was. In this book, Bert (yes, Bert - with the glimpse these pages give of his interior life, "Dr. Ghezzi" doesn't feel right) shares the tried and tested principles that have sustained him in prayer for over 45 years, through the highs and lows common to us all. The element that really set this work apart for me was Bert's conviction that all of us are meant to hear from God - it's just a matter of making a commitment to remain within earshot of Him. The rest of the book gives the simple, clear-cut ways to do exactly that. I said that I was humbled by this book, and I meant it. Bert's wisdom and stories alerted me to the gifts and inner dispositions I have neglected of late. Take Scripture for instance: I say a short prayer before I read the daily Gospel that arrives via email each morning; but I am not stopping to give it the attention Scripture deserves. I have not been chewing over this word the Father sent His Son into the world to give me! At the end of Bert's chapter on Scripture, as with all of the chapters, he provides several points to Think over - Pray about - and Act on: "What would you have to change to build Scripture study into your daily routine?"; "If you are not already reading Scripture daily, decide to study the Gospel of Mark for fifteen minutes every day for the next month. . ." His chapter on "Praying with Thanksgiving" would have been reason enough for me to grab this book. Trust me though, there is no "wagging of the finger." In fact, it's just the opposite. Bert is quite transparent regarding shortcomings in his temperament and mistakes he has made, and how God continues to challenge and correct him. It is an exceptional testimony to how prayer is a gift meant for our enrichment, not God's. Praise, thanksgiving, lectio divina, dryness, intercession - it's all about taking on the image of Jesus, the image stamped on our souls in baptism. If you are just setting out on the adventure of daily prayer, then I honestly can't think of a better book with which to start; I have a friend with whom I can't wait to share it. And if, like me, you've been on this road a few years and need to take stock of where you're at, then here is your GPS. No dry theory here folks - it's all tread marks on asphalt.
Wasn't exactly what I expected..haven't taken the opportunity to review it completely.