Timeless Approaches to Prayer

I am pleased to announce that a short piece of writing of mine (on youth work and prayer) has been published by Grove Books Ltd. It is called Timeless Approaches to Prayer: Drawing Inspiration from Christian Tradition and is part of the Youth Series at Grove. Here’s the bit from the back:

‘As a Christian I was told that I should pray—but no-one really taught me how.’ In recent years there have been a number of books written for the purpose of introducing youth workers and young people to historical and traditional styles of Christian prayer. Many now use these methods with young people and have found them to bring both freshness and depth to prayer in their youth work.

This booklet looks at some of the principles that underpin these types of practices, why they might work and how we can begin to apply those principles to prayer in strategic ways.

It was written mainly with youth workers in mind, but others have said that they’ve found it helpful to think about the issues raised in this book in relation to their own spiritual/prayer lives too.


  1. Introduction
  2. ‘Teach us to Pray…’
  3. Prayer and Recognizing God’s Presence
  4. Disappointed with Prayer
  5. Ritual and Prayer
  6. Discipleship and Prayer
  7. Prayer as Part of a Curriculum
  8. Conclusion

Copies can be obtained from Grove Books for £3.95 at the Grove Website

…or if there is enough interest at St Francis Church I can order a larger number all at once.

If you’ve read the book then please feel free to make comment on it in the reply-box below! I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks, Paul.