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Prayer Primer : Igniting a Fire Within [Paperback]

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Pages   188
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.08" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 25, 2002
Publisher   Charis Books
ISBN  1569553394  
EAN  9781569553398  

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Whether they recognize it or not, human beings universally experience a hunger for God. Prayer Primer responds to that need by showing readers how to develop a relationship with God through prayer. Author and spiritual director Dubay introduces beginners and refreshes experienced prayers with teaching about the why and how of prayer. He explains the nature of vocal prayer, meditation, contemplation, and liturgical prayer. In addition to helping readers get started praying, he deals with problems such as finding time to pray and answers frequently asked questions.

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"Prayer Primer" is written for adults who want God and a serious prayer life, but it does not presuppose that they need or have a theological background. Dubay answers many questions on prayer. Why pray? Why vocal prayer is important and yet should be limited? What contemplation is and is not. How to pray with Scripture. Prayer in a busy life. Pitfalls and problems. How do you even get started? Where and how to begin? Assessing progress. Growing in depth. All of these subjects, and more, are clearly and concisely explained for citizens of this 21st century. A Servant Book.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M., a teacher and retreat master on prayer and the spiritual life, is the author of the best-selling book on prayer "Fire Within," as well as "The Evidential Power of Beauty," "Seeking Spiritual Direction," and "Faith and Certitude."

Thomas DuBay currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia.

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People who quote the Bible as flowing from them with power  Oct 21, 2008
This book reminds me of buying a whole big tray of baklava and it is all sweet around. You can't say, I would rather choose this over that. It is all sweet. The author has a sweet spirit about him. He is so knowledgeable in the Bible. He is by no means a "Bible thumper", Lord have mercy on them! This author, Thomas Dubay, is saturated in the Bible and you taste the Bible with him in a fresh way and can't help but feel a fire indeed within you, that yearning for the Lord, intimacy with the Almighty that fills our void of heart. There are passages that Dubay quotes and it feels like I am reading them for the first time when they sounded before as mere preaching at my poor soul and I don't like to be preached to or talked at when it comes to spirituality. I enjoyed what he had to say on Isaiah 55: 1-3, Isaiah 26: 9, Psalms 42: 2-3 Psalm 63: 1 and 62: 1. You can quote the Bible all day long but unless it is flowing from you and it manifests the power of the living, it can be mere vain repetition, blah blah blah, yawn! Fr Dubay makes a beautiful statement on these verses of the Word of God and says, "The inspired writer knows thta God must be our consuming concern, for pursuing him, adoring him, loving him, being immersed in him can alone profoundly delight and fill us. Fr Dubay has taught me a verse from the Bible I never read before and it is in Ezekiel 16: 13 and 14: {14 The fame of your beauty spread through the nations, since it was perfect, because I had clothed you with my own splendour -- declares the Lord Yahweh.}

We all want to be beautiful. His will for us us to be "perfect in beauty". That beauty is not from us. Psalm 149:4 For Yahweh loves his people, he will crown (or beautify) the humble with salvation.

Fr Dubay answers the question we often ask about reaching the fulness of our manhood by quoting Henri du Lubac as saying that man is truly man only when the light of God is reflected in a face upturned in prayer. As long as the Lord is shining upon us with His face as we gaze on Him, we are certainly going to shine beautifully and His beauty will be seen by everybody who comes in contact with us. Atheists and Agnostics will not be persuaded by our arguments or human reasoning but they will look on us and see our faces and how much beauty of Christ they radiate. This is what it will take to attract people to the Christian message, never our supposed ability to persuade. Without the Lord we are empty, the self is all we have. We come to the Lord and give up our self-centredness, we, thus, attain the Lord of the universe and all else with Him. We get everything. The Lord fills the hungry with good things as the Mother of our Lord says. We are hungry, empty and He fils us up. He alone satisfies the heart, like no other. To be filled by Him we have to be empty of ourselves, empty of the self. On page 33, Fr Dubay says, God is (not simply, has) pures, unending love (1John 4:8). People in Islam may try to convince me that love is there in their religion. They are welcome to try, they can try harder. My God in the Bible, the Triune God IS love, not just has love but He is LOVE and his character would never permit anything that is not matching with LOVE. On page 33, Fr Dubay says, As we get closer and closer to God, we are transformed from one glory to another, and we thus become more and more like the One we love (2 Cor. 3: 18). To know more about me, please go to google and type "testimony of timothy abraham" and you will see my story on answering Islam and youtube.
Starting a prayer life  Sep 3, 2008
This book was given to me as a gift by someone who may not realize the impact it had on me. For anyone wishing to begin a prayer life and stay with it MUST read this book. Fr. Dubay does an exceptional job of explaining steps and reasons for them to help you get started. In addition, he provides excellent references and resources to further your journey into a prayer life. An easy read and a page turner. You will not want to put this book down and once read, will prompt you to look for more information and direction. Fr Dubay has a number of other books which further this process as well.
Father Dubay has a gift for writing  Aug 17, 2007
Father Dubay has a gift for writing - it keeps you awake, without the use of any gimmicks. This book is inspiring, authoritative, and gentle. Interesting from beginning to end.
Prayer Primer: Igniting a Fire Within  Jan 4, 2007
Excellent book. Used as a text with the University of Dayton's Virtual Learning Communities for Faith Formation. While not overly simplistic, it does provide a concrete and easily approachable introduction to the practice of various forms of Christian prayer.
Prayer Made easy  Jul 11, 2006
This is a superb book. It is easy to understand but is also deep. The explanations of our need for communicating with God through prayer are logical and inspiring. If you want to improve and deepen your prayer life--Buy it ,you'll like it!

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