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Paths to Prayer: Finding Your Own Way to the Presence of God

ISBN: 978-0-7879-6565-5
352 pages
September 2003, Jossey-Bass
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With step-by-step instructions for over forty ways to pray, this valuable guide contains a wealth of timeless spiritual prayer practices that Christians have used over the last 2000 years from cultures around the world. Among the prayer practices you'll encounter in this book are the daily office, the prayer shawl, praying with icons, centering prayer, fasting, prayer beads, walking a labyrinth, pilgrimage, anointing for healing, and praying the scriptures.

Paths to Prayer offers a whole-person approach to prayer that takes into account each person's individuality and doesn't assume we all relate to God in the same way. A prayer styles self-assessment will help you reflect on your life, your preferences, and your unique way of interacting with the world. Try new dimensions of praying— innovative, searching, relational, and experiential— to deepen your encounter with the divine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

An Invitation to Prayer.

Foundations of Prayer: One Size Doesn’t Fit All.

How Do You Pray? Finding Your Prayer Type.

Searching Prayer.

Lord’s Prayer.

Praying the Scriptures.

Lectio Divina.

A Journal of Prayer.

Pilgrimage.

Praying with Icons.

Novenas.

Prayers for the Dead.

Experiential Prayer.

Fasting.

Abstinence from Food.

Fasting as Prayerful Solitude.

Breath Prayer.

The Jesus Prayer: Prayer of the Heart.

Benediction and Blessing.

Tallith: The Prayer Shawl.

Centering Prayer.

Meditation: Mental Prayer.

Anointing for Healing.

Relational Prayer.

Adoration Prayer.

Affirmation Prayer.

Prayers of Confession.

Prayer of Examen.

The Daily Office.

Tongsung Kido.

Prayer Walks.

An Emmaus Walk.

Stations of the Cross.

Innovative Prayer.

Praying with Our Bodies.

Palms Up, Palms Down Prayer.

Body Prayer.

Body Prayer with Music.

Prayer Labyrinth.

Home Prayer Altars.

Ignatian Prayer: Guided Imagination.

Prayer Beads.

Praying the Rosary.

Chaplet of Seven: Covenant Chaplet.

Praying with Mandalas.

Prayer Dance.

Dancing the Lord’s Prayer.

Hava Nagila Circle Prayer Dance.

Dance of Jesus.

A Closing Benediction.

Suggested Lectionary Readings.

References.

Acknowledgments.

The Author.

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Author Information

THE AUTHOR PATRICIA D. BROWN, Ph.D., founder and director of Spiritworks Inc., is an ordained United Methodist minister, pastoral theo-logian, and associate professor of educational ministries and Christian formation in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University. She frequently conducts retreats, workshops, and seminars, speaks at major conferences nationwide, and is the author of nine books.

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Reviews

"Patricia D. Brown writes about prayer with sensitivity, depth and comprehensiveness. Most of all, she shares out of her considerable experience, which balances her study of various forms of relating to the Divine."
— Wayne Teasdale, member, Board of Trustees of the Parliament of the World's Religions and author, A Monk in the World: Cultivating a Spiritual Life

"In her remarkable new book, Patricia D. Brown tutors us in the spiritual art of prayer. Gentle, practical, and wise— what a wonderful invitation to the spiritual journey. I can't recommend this book highly enough."
— Lauren Artress, author, Walking a Sacred Path, and canon for special ministries, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

"Paths to Prayer is a sensitive exploration of the role of prayer in everyday life. No matter which spiritual or religious path you have chosen, you will benefit from this wonderful book."
— Larry Dossey, author, Healing Beyond the Body, Prayer Is Good Medicine, and Healing Words

"We cannot be fulfilled human beings without attention to prayer. Patricia D. Brown's Paths to Prayer is one of the best guides to a richer spiritual life to appear in years."
— Barbara Montgomery Dossey, author, Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer, Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, and Rituals of Healing

"This is an excellent book for beginners and the proficient alike."
— Andres Dreitcer, associate professor of spirituality and director of spiritual formation, Claremont School of Theology and associate professor of religion, Claremont Graduate University

"Paths to Prayer aids us in our quest to discover prayer forms that create in us space for God."
— Joe Driskill, assistant professor of spirituality and assistant dean, Disciples Seminary

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