I just got my power back after a little over two days of electrical outage. If this keeps up I am going to get a wind-powered blog. But then again most blogs, including mine, are already powered by hot air. Considering the tragedy that Hurricane Jeanne caused in Haiti to just be inconvenienced for a couple of days is a blessing. It seems every time I heard an update on the death toll there it was like some evil hit counter piling up the count. So please pray for the victims and their families left behind and maybe help them out through World Vision or another charity.
One positive thing about this forced two days of silence is that one of the books I read through was Father Thomas Dubay’s "Prayer Primer: Igniting a fire within." This book is outstanding and I think it should be recommended reading for anyone starting a prayer life or who are trying to get their prayer life back on track. The book is extremely easy to read with much sound advice about prayer. This is not a book about prayer techniques – something at which Fr. Dubay pretty much frowns upon. The only recommended technique is love of God. This book answers many questions people might have about a prayer life such as when to pray, how long should they be praying, dryness in prayer and many other topics. He touches on the subject of contemplation since he wants the reader to understand what a prayer life should progress towards and the book ends with various common questions and their answers.
Everything I have ever read from Fr. Dubay was rewarding and if you were to start off with any of his books I would think that this Prayer Primer is the perfect start before going on to his other books like Fire WIthin. His book on Seeking Spiritual Direction and The Evidential Power of Beauty are also worth reading.
Thanks for that book recommendation. I’ve looked many times at Fr. Dubay’s books but never read any as our library doesn’t have any (can’t believe that the DALLAS library doesn’t have any of his books). Anyway, I’m putting together a book club order at Amazon and may have to slip this one in.
I agree with your take on Fr. Dubay. He rocks! I’ve read Fire Within and it was excellent. One of the best books I’ve read on prayer and I highly recommend it!
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