Listen free for 30 days

When You Pray

A Practical Guide to an Orthodox Life of Prayer
Narrated by: L. Joseph Letendre
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

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

More from the same

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 0 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anyanet
  • 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!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for stephenoids
  • 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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Srvivore
  • Srvivore
  • 01-10-19

An illuminated little book

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jeremy
  • 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.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Cheesebodia
  • 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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ben Cafeo
  • 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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Fingerpickin' Gal
  • Fingerpickin' Gal
  • 23-07-19

An excellent starting point to an Orthodox life

If you've already amassed many of the 'essential books' that are recommended for those of us who are seeking to become better Orthodox Christians but are feeling overwhelmed, guilty, or as though you're slacking off, what better way to straighten up and fly right than through daily prayer? The problem is, many of us feel overwhelmed, guilty and like slackers because we don't pray enough or at all or perhaps no one has ever taught us the right way so we give up and continue feeling bad.

I actually had this book in my possession for a couple of years and only recently remembered that I had it!! I found a lot of guidance and wisdom from this little book and it couldn't have come at a better time. I'm applying what I've learned throughout my day, and day by day, I'm feeling less overwhelmed. The paperback is small enough to fit in my purse for quick reference. I've listened to the audio book three times already and I feel like I learn something new that I missed during previous listens. Could it be that the Holy Spirit helped me? I believe so!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • 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.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for steven britt
  • steven britt
  • 28-11-18

Catholic

These are Catholic teachings. This is not recommended for those who wish to follow the scriptures without the beast Catholic system attempting to dominating the true Spirit of Yahweh.

0 of 34 people found this review helpful