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To Pray and to Love: Conversations on Prayer with the Early Church

To Pray and to Love

Conversations on Prayer with the Early Church

Roberta C. Bondi (Author)


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To Pray and to Love is for all persons who want to pray but do not know how, who pray but feel uncertain about it, and who pray happily but want to grow more deeply. For those who have longing for prayer and yet have never prayed, the author offers some specific suggestions about attitudes, beliefs, and dispositions that get in the way of our prayer without us even noticing. Bondi also shares some of what the founders of early monasticism had to say about prayer and Christian love that she has found especially helpful over the years.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800625115
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 128
  • Publication Date May 1, 1991


"Drawing on the vast riches of early monastic writers, Roberta Bondi's book on prayer is real, salty, loving, and wise. She invites us to keep such company with early Christian sources as to illuminate a way of praying, living, and thinking about life in mutuality with God. Amid the welter of books on prayer and Christian spirituality, this one shines like Epiphany and will empower like Pentecost."
— Don E. Saliers, Emory University

Table of Contents


  1. "Pray without Ceasing"
  2. Living into the Image of God
  3. Approaching Prayer
  4. "Only Myself and God"
  5. "Our Life and Death Is with Our Neighbor"
  6. The Desire for God

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