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Devra Torres

How Not to Pray

Aug. 30, 2013, at 7:48pm

Here I am, a Christian for more than four decades, still trying to figure out how to pray.

One of the sillier obstacles I’ve placed in my own path, it turns out, is avoiding Difficulties in Mental Prayer, by Eugene Boylan.  I'm not certain why I did this.  Maybe the title wasn’t sufficiently scintillating. Maybe I was prejudiced against people named Eugene.  But I’d gotten it into my head that this was one of those pedantic but edifying books, and that my most palatable option was to continue feeling guilty for not having read it.

I’m happy to report I was wrong,  This is a very helpful book.

Boylan has a gift for demolishing self-imposed, imaginary obstacles that can stall a person’s

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