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Anyone who prays or has tried to pray and given up in discouragement knows praying, really praying, is not easy. Praying consistently seems almost impossible. Too often and too easily, prayer becomes a burden: one more item on an already overcrowded to-do list. 

Failing to pray becomes a source of guilt and stress as we must once again admit our inconstancy and procrastination to our father confessor. Yet, our Lord said, "Come to me, all of you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. My burden is easy and my yoke is light." (Matt. 11:30) 

The purpose of this audiobook, then, is not to add to the burden, but to ease it by distilling the advice and experience of those who pray.

©2017 L. Joseph Letendre (P)2018 L. Joseph Letendre

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excellent little how to pray primer for Christians

Great audio book. Is short but highly dense in contact. Waffle free. Will give a second listen.

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  • Anyanet
  • 06-12-18

Easy to listen and read...

For the first time a book on prayer that is really Orthodox yet has the down home, practical and realistic info on prayer. It addresses of those things that stop us from prayer yet none of us admit that we do. Thank you for writing this Joseph Letendre!

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  • stephenoids
  • 05-02-19

Perfectly short, perfectly essential

I like to listen to books lately while I clean house or drive by myself. I have listened to this at least four times in the last couple months I have had it. I imagine I will again as it is a great instructional on something that can feel too BIG at times to even accomplish. Mr. Letendre is gracious and inspiring in his paying forward to the rest of us some sage advice on prayer.

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  • Lee
  • 20-12-19

Orthodox in Title but Catholic Quotes Throughout?

There is no reason an Orthodox book of prayer should include quotes from Catholic teaching, considering the wealth of information on prayer the Holy Fathers left us, and continue to leave us through living saints of this day. Quite disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-04-19

Really useful, actionable advice

Short and sweet, practical and useful. Gives rich overview of prayerful life. If you have regular prayer life and feel dryness or some uncertainty about prayerful life, this book helps you to check if you are on course. It did to me. If you are new to prayer, you may wish to go deeper on certain prayer practice mentioned in the book, such as Lectio Divina, Jesus prayer, etc. Highly recommended.

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  • Christopher Grant
  • 18-10-20

A life of prayer is possible!

I have listened to this audiobook from beginning to end three times and I am still coming back for more! The chapters are short enough (usually under 10 minutes long) to listen to on my commute or before prayer. Each chapter has a memorable key word or phrase for its focus, and it is full of practical help for getting started with prayer. It has a pastoral tone that is realistic about the difficulty of prayer and meets beginners with understanding and encouragement. If you are like me, you’ve dealt with some of those discouraging thoughts about prayer: “I don’t know what to say”, “I am too busy to pray”, “I can’t stay focused”, “I just don’t feel anything when I pray”. The author addresses these and more with wisdom from the Scriptures and the experience of saints and monks. Along with the purchase of a prayer book, When You Pray has had the greatest impact on my prayer habits. There are a lot of good books that teach about prayer, but if you want a book that teaches how to pray, you need this book. You will discover that a life of prayer is possible.

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  • Elias Rademacher
  • 19-01-20

Great Guide to Prayer

This book would be great for a new Christian, or anyone wondering how spiritual development happens for Christians. It is also great for long-time Christians, like me, who tend to over complicate prayer and who need to be reminded of what prayer is, and to get back to the basics of how to pray. I really got a lot out of this book. I bought the hard copy to lend to a Christian friend of mine who is struggling with prayer right now.

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  • Ben Cafeo
  • 29-07-19

Good points on building your prayer life

I find myself hitting peaks and valleys in my prayer life, ranging from not praying to praying constantly. I think this makes a very good point in the pray what is possible for you to keep. The gym metaphor was a very good one in my opinion.

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  • Srvivore
  • 01-10-19

An illuminated little book

Beautiful in simplicity, thorough in content, blessed is he that wrote it and they that readeth!

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  • Jeremy
  • 25-08-19

A beautiful and adoptable guide to prayer

This is such an easy read, full of practical advice and attainable disciplines (and some surprising interjections of humor). As someone often discouraged by seemingly unattainable spiritual disciplines, I find several practical steps I can immediately put into practice.

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  • Cheesebodia
  • 02-08-19

A Brief Look at Orthodox Prayer

This is a decent introduction to the Orthodox prayer traditions. It covers the major bases (private rules, Our Father, monastic prayer without ceasing, etc) while remaining accessible to a layman. Guidelines and rules of thumb are enumerated but not expanded upon. At under 90 minutes, this is a short work and can be listened straight through in one sitting. A consistent problem is the narration; it was quite monotone and the author should have requisitioned a professional narrator for his book. Due to this I think that a physical edition would be more useful.