''There are thousands of books on how to pray, some of them very good ones. Why another? How is this one different? Because this one could have been titled ''Prayer for Dummies,'' prayer for people who are not very good at praying, people who find it hard to pray, not people who find it easy -- in other words, people like me. And it is also ''prayer for Marthas,'' not for Marys: for people with little time to pray, busy people who keep finding excuses not to pray -- in other words, people like me'' (from the book). Some writers, when they try to simplify a complex issue, end up adding another layer of complexity. Not Peter Kreeft. He is eminently clear, eminently reasonable, communicating his message in straightforward propositions that plumb the riches of the Christian experience of prayer and apply them to the nub of our ''problems'': why, when, where, and how to pray, developing a rule, praying the Name of Jesus, praying unceasingly, praying and confessing, praying in suffering, praying perseveringly. A book for people like you and me.
An Eighth Day View:
Peter Kreeft brings his unique insights to this most important area of our spiritual lives. He claims he himself is still a beginner in prayer, and this book is for all those, like him, who feel that they are not good at praying but desire to become much better at it. Thus, Kreeft offers simple, but profound advice and practical steps for developing a prayer life based on the time-tested wisdom of the saints and great spiritual writers, especially the principles found in Brother Lawrence's classic, The Practice of the Presence of God. In short, straight-forward and unsentimental chapters, Kreeft covers all the key areas for understanding and developing that intimate form of communication with our Creator that we call prayer. He covers such areas as the necessity of prayer, various motives and methods, steps, patience, suffering, sin, faith, and grace.