Book Review: Prayer Primer -Igniting the Fire Within by Fr. Thomas Dubay


If you are looking for a book that will help you and encourage you to move on from just forming words with your lips as you pray, this book is for you!

Father Dubay explains meditation and contemplation in simple, layman’s terms so the journey does not seem so formidable!


From the back of the book:

Father Thomas Dubay, a renowned teacher and writer on prayer and spiritual life, presents a simple, profound and practical book on the most important of all human activities, communion with God.

This primer begins at the beginning: the very roots of the human person – a needy, aching, yearning being who is ultimately satisfied by nothing that even an extremely beautiful universe can offer. Learning to pray is really learning to fall in love…with Supreme Beauty.
Prayer Primer is written for intelligent adults (and teenagers) who want God and a serious prayer life, but it does not presuppose that they need or have a theological background.

It does take up many questions rarely answered adequately in the classroom or from the pulpit, indeed often not mentioned at all: Why pray? (be ready for some surprises)… Why vocal prayer is important and yet should be limited… What contemplation is and is not… Praying with scripture… Family prayer – even how to introduce children to group meditation… Prayer in a busy life… Pitfalls and problems – together with solutions… Buddhism? New Age? Centering prayer?

… What should you do when dry and empty and not at all inclined to pray? 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.
“Prayer is the food of Christian life, and Father DuBay offers a wonderful introduction to developing a daily, intimate friendship with God.

DuBay combines depth and readability, intelligence and practical guidance in a way that will draw readers naturally into conversation with the one who loves them most of all.” – Most Rev. Charles J. Chapultepec, OFM Archbishop of Denver
Of the many books written on prayer, Prayer Primer is unique. Father Dubay is a master on this subject. It is a rare gift to have a simple primer written by such a man. It is utterly sound, trustworthy and practical. –  Peter Kreeft- Author, Prayer for Beginners

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