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This simple little book from a great spiritual giant attends to what we human beings are most inclined to forget, preparing for and engaging in prayer. It is an examination of what we ourselves must bring to the discipline of prayer–whatever form it takes–in order to make prayer authentic and real, a deep and profound part of our lives. None of the brief reflections in this book is ever finished, ever closed, ever fully resolved. They are all steps along the way, steps we retrace over and over again as we do all the other parts of life, until they become the very breath we breathe, the vision and energy of our souls. This is great spiritual reading for every person who longs for prayer to be the very breath of his or her soul.

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  • “For people like me, in search of intelligent, sensitive, and subtle guides on the road to a deeper prayer life, this book is an extraordinary gift.” -Mary Gordon, best-selling novelist