I love to read books and share my reviews.
Today I am happy to share Pray Without Ceasing: The Transformative Power of a Prayerful Attitude by my friend Kimberly Holman.
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I am a daily practitioner of centering prayer. Centering prayer has changed my life. I continue to look for ways to pray without ceasing during my non silent times of the day. This book has presented me with many suggestions to help balance and complement my contemplative prayer practice.
One suggestion that I will immediately implement is to pay attention to my breath. When my breathing is shallow or short, I am anxious. When my breathing is deep and steady, I am relaxed and aware. My heart will be open and more importantly I will be receptive to praying without ceasing.
I have learned that prayer is simply a daily attitude of gratitude and joy for life. Kim has shown me how I too can live each day with these important prayer attitudes.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn that praying without ceasing is really possible.
I love her appendix with the many helpful suggestions and affirmations.
I will close with a portion of one of her affirmations. “I am continually fed and nourished by God.” I think we often forget this. I know I do.
Go ahead and check out this short but powerful book.
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