Thank you, NetGalley, Ave Maria Press, and Carolyn Pirtle, for an advanced copy of Ten Ways to Pray: A Catholic Guide for Drawing Closer to God in exchange for an honest review.
Prayer has always been an interest of mine, primarily because I’ve often struggled with 1. Am I doing this correctly? 2. Why do my prayers often feel dry and rehearsed? This book proved to offer some much needed and appreciated insight. I also believe non-Catholics will relate to the many ways that we can reach out to and connect with God.
Carolyn Pirtle organized the book beginning with an introduction to Christian prayer and suggestions for using her book. Following her thorough introduction, she dedicates one chapter to a method of praying. She skillfully defines the method of prayer, offers insight on why you might choose to use this form of prayer, when and where to practice it, and how to pray using that form of prayer. Her tone throughout is very warm and encouraging, which is important to those easily intimidated by prayer. I think anyone open to experiencing these different methods of prayer will find their prayer life enriched and perhaps even look at prayer through a different, more accessible lens. One of my favorite prayer methods covered is to pray through action- let your daily activities of serving and helping others be your prayer; how beautiful!
I am confident that anyone interested in deepening their prayer life will find this book to be a valuable resource to draw closer to God by bringing more depth and breadth to your prayer life.
Ten Ways to Pray: A Catholic Guide for Drawing Closer to God will be released on February 19, 2021and is available to pre-order now.