50 Ways To Pray, by Teresa A. Blythe

Usually I reserve my book reviews for my “Book Reviews” page, but his one is so appropriate even more so for those of us who teach others to pray I thought it really belonged here.


50 ways to Pray

Practices from Many Traditions and Times

By: Teresa A. Blythe


What I like about this book is first of all it’s about prayer

Secondly we (humans) as individuals connect to the “sacred” (our God) through prayer, but as we are all individuals perhaps we may feel inner connection more through one type of prayer vs. another (type of prayer)

In her book she has chapters on

  • Biblical Reflections
  • Meditation
  • Centering Prayer
  • Deep Listening
  • Praying with Icons
  • Lectio Divina
  • Traditional Ignatian Examen
  • Prayer Journal
  • Prayer as art
  • Quaker Clearness
  • Breath Prayer
  • Prayer walk
  • Praying with Beads
  • Wall of Prayer
  • Ignatian Imagination Prayer
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Healing Prayer
  • Prayer Partnering
  • Praying the Labyrinth
  • Franciscan Prayer

(and that’s just a few of the  prayers offered)

here is a link to  a pdf offered on her site that includes some of her guides to prayers

and a second pdf

and finally a healing prayer/meditation by Teresa

Then the book is complete with a leaders guide that get’s into

  • Principals of group leadership
  • structure of the room
  • space and room arrangement
  • common challenges

to name a few

and a Leaders guide to each exercise making this perfect for a guided bible study or prayer group

This is a book I borrowed from the local library, but it is on my wish list of things to get…It truly would make an excellent book club book for a christian book club that is looking to deepen their prayer life


for the Religious Education teacher that is looking to move their class beyond

traditional forms of prayer

Teresa Blythe also has a blog you can find it here


and a meditation I found….not by Teresa

but I thought you might enjoy a moment of silence, based on my favorite scripture passage




About ellasurreau

I am a first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.
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2 Responses to 50 Ways To Pray, by Teresa A. Blythe

  1. Pingback: Lectio Divina; Praying with Scripture | ellasurreaublog

  2. ellasurreau says:

    Reblogged this on Book Reviews and commented:

    a great book for folks looking to deepen their spiritual/prayer life

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