Beginner’s Grace by Kate Braestrup

A book about prayer that is not especially religious sounds impossible, but Kate Braestrup pulls it off.  She explains what prayer is and how to pray, making it clear that there is no right or wrong way to do it.

There are many personal examples of her prayers and prayer practices and habits.  She tells stories of how prayer is part of her work as Chaplain of the Maine Warden Service,  her family, and friendships.  She gives suggestions about how prayer can be made part of daily life without it being boring or repetitious or become a burden.

As with her book Here If You Need Me there is honesty and humor in her approach to the spiritual.  You do not have to be a prayer warrior to find something you can use to explore prayer or expand your own prayer disciplines.  If you are new to prayer this is a great book to begin learning about prayer.

Beginner’s Grace has practical suggestions and thoughts on how to incorporate prayer into your  everyday life.  There are examples of the prayers of Braestrup and others to use as they are or as a stepping stone to your own prayers.

Whether or not you pray or go to church or feel that your are at all spiritual this is a book well worth reading.

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