Ten Ways to Pray

A Catholic Guide for Drawing Closer to God

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Publication date: February 19, 2021

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Winner of a third-place award for best new religious book from the Catholic Media Association.

Whether you are just beginning to develop a consistent prayer practice or are looking for a new approach to spiritual growth, Ten Ways to Pray will explore a variety of traditional forms of Catholic prayer that enable you to draw closer to God and the communion of saints.

This practical introduction to ten traditional forms of prayer from the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame will help you develop a richer spiritual life that draws you closer to the triune God and the communion of saints. Carolyn Pirtle provides intriguing bits of history, engaging spiritual and theological commentary, and step-by-step guidance for trying ten distinct ways of praying that Catholics have utilized across the centuries and around the world in order to develop your own prayer practice.

These include praying:

  • with scripture
  • to consecrate time through the Liturgy of the Hours and the Angelus
  • through experience in the Examen
  • through action in the Works of Mercy
  • through the beauty of nature, art, and music
  • through silence

Product Details

Pages: 128

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781646800575

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

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Books in the Engaging Catholicism series from the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame help readers discover the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith through a concise exploration of the Church’s most important but often difficult-to-grasp doctrines as well as crucial pastoral and spiritual practices.

  • “Highly recommended.”

    “I highly recommend Ten Ways to Pray for people at all stages of the Christian journey.”

    Fr. Jan Michael Joncas
    University of St. Thomas
    St. Paul, Minnesota 

  • “Excellent.”

    “Prayer becomes practical with Carolyn Pirtle's excellent book, Ten Ways to Pray: A Catholic Guide for Drawing Closer to God. From the what to the why to the when of various forms of prayer, Pirtle helps us improve our prayer lives.”

    Michael St. Pierre
    Executive Director of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association
    Author of The 5 Habits of Prayerful People 

  • “A delightful read.”

    “What a delightful read! Building on the Church's liturgical prayer, Carolyn Pirtle takes us on a wonderful journey and unpacks prayer through scripture, devotion, beauty, nature, visual art, music, and more.”

    Julianne Stanz
    Director of Parish Life and Evangelization
    Diocese of Green Bay

  • “An engaging book.”

    “It is one thing to build a path of explanation through such an elusive subject as prayer. And quite another thing to address such an intimate subject in a coherent manner. And yet another thing to do so, building her pathway with compassion, care, and devotion. Carolyn Pirtle accomplishes all three in this engaging book.”

    Steven C. Warner
    Associate Director of the Notre Dame Newman Centre for Faith and Reason
    Dublin, Ireland

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