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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,426 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard J. Foster Narrator: TBD , Terence Aselford Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780061337505
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In the ten years since its publication, Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home has helped hundreds of thousands of seekers discover a richer prayer life.

Widely considered the best modern work on Christian prayer, this life-changing book explores the three "movements" of this central spiritual practice, offering a sensitive, warm, and compelling primer that helps us understand, experience, and follow its many forms—from the simple prayer of beginning again to unceasing prayer. Foster clarifies the prayer process, answers common misconceptions, and shows the way into prayers of contemplation, healing, blessing, forgiveness, and rest.

This accessible, rich, and reliable guide shows how each of the various forms of payer can move us inward into personal transformation, upward toward intimacy with God, and outward to minister to others. Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home has won numerous honors including Christianity Today's Book of the Year and the Evangelical Christian Publishers' Association Gold Medallion Award.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I am hard-pressed to express the impact of this timeless classic on my life. Richard Foster’s book is invaluable.”

    Brennan Manning, author of The Wisdom of Tenderness

  • “Once again, in penetrating deep, Richard Foster has shown the way for others to enter and experience prayer at a profound heart-level—not just a place of emotion and sentiment, but a focus point where the human spirit is transformed and enjoys a new oneness with God. This is life-changing reading!”

    Eugene H. Peterson, professor emeritus of spiritual theology, Regent College, Canada, and author of Answering God

  • “A rare gift…informed by ancient wisdom, accessible to contemporary readers, and practical in the best sense of the word.…It is both a guide to prayer and an answer to one.”

    John Ortberg, author of If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat

  • “This wonderful book about prayer could only come from a person whom God has made powerful through prayer. It is a great gift. It taught me and encouraged me to accept God’s invitation to me, too, to walk with him upon the path of prayer.”

    Lewis B. Smedes, author of Forgive and Forget

  • “Richard Foster distills what saints through the ages have learned about prayer and offers it to people like me, whose prayer life is often dry and shallow. Thus, this book has helped me immensely in my struggles for spiritual vitality and depth.”

    Tony Campolo, professor of sociology, Eastern University

  • “Richard Foster’s work on prayer is a wonderful paradox. He at once takes the mystery out of prayer and returns it to the ordinary rhythms of life and returns mystery to prayer by returning the ordinary to the realm of the supernatural. Thanks.”

    Robert Webber, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 2/15/2014

    " If you're looking for a deeper prayer life, this may be the book for you. I began reading Prayer along with a group of women as part of an online book club, and had no clue what I was getting into. I have to be honest, there were chapters that were intimidating and difficult to get through; there were also those chapters that I will likely re-read in the future. There is a ton of good stuff in this book. I spent a good amount of time highlighting sections and re-reading them. The main "take away" point for me is that we, as imperfect and sinful as we are, get to have this amazing relationship with our Heavenly Father, if we choose to go there. In addition, the act of praying has purpose. Prayer is a well-written guide for those desiring to get closer and go deeper in this relationship with Him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colyn | 2/15/2014

    " an excellent review of prayer. a good primer for spring-boarding to the church fathers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn Watson | 2/15/2014

    " The original edition was amazing enough to read the 20th Anniversary Edition. I would take the time to read any of Richard Foster's books on Prayer or Spiritual Formation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 2/7/2014

    " One of the best books I've read on the Christian life. An extraordinarily wise book. More surprising though was the fact that this book on prayer (an area in which I am so aware of my shortcomings) is not so much "convicting" or "challenging" as it is comforting and encouraging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen B. | 2/3/2014

    " I should probably start reading this one again today... and then the day after I finish it the next time... and then I should just keep reading it over and over again for the entirety of my lifetime. SO MUCH information, but not hard to read. It is a great, "Meet you where you are" conversation on prayer, offering a lot for the reader to reflect on, personalize and internalize for growth. I really enjoyed reading it with a small group of close friends for the sake of the conversation and processing. Each time we discussed, it was rich and wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/31/2014

    " What I love about Richard Foster is that he is steeped in the story of the church. He is not bound within the narrow constraints of a particular strain of Christianity but seeks to know what the Spirit of God has been doing since Pentecost. What results is a rich book on prayer, exploring a variety of kinds of prayer that I would not expect. Some of the chapters I have my doubts on (the prayer of contemplation, the prayer of authority), but they challenged me to stretch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dyan | 1/30/2014

    " I purchased this book to donate to the public library in my father's name. I learned many things from this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/30/2014

    " This was inspiring. I used it as a devotional every night before I went to bed. I liked it very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loraine | 1/17/2014

    " Foster focuses on varying types of prayers and how to develop them within your prayer life. I found it a very interesting book with an in depth view of prayer and the roles it can play in your life. I used it as a daily devotional covering a chapter a day. I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to go deeper into their prayer life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle | 1/16/2014

    " Explores all the types of prayer- very enlightening. Love this author; he writes with a good mix of biblical examples and practical examples of different types. Also wrote Celebration of Discipline- haven't read that, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric Morgan | 1/14/2014

    " This was a difficult book for me. I like Foster's other books. "Celebration of Disciplines" was a life changing. "Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home" just felt very academic to me. Perhaps I will let it sit for a while and read it again... Just to see if my insight changes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 12/29/2013

    " My favorite book on prayer. I love Foster's writing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 12/28/2013

    " A book that I'll read often in full and piecemeal. It is a grounding book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/22/2013

    " Helpful...I've been struggling with prayer, what it is, what it's for, how it works with that whole free will thing, and how to do it. This book helps with how to do it. Good for getting myself in the right frame of mind. My favorite may be the fiddler on the roof prayer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope Rozenboom | 5/7/2013

    " Much wisdom to be gained from this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariel | 4/21/2013

    " I loved this book! Prayer is at the core of my spiritual life. Richard Foster's insight to the kinds and dimensions of this discipline is beautiful and illuminating. Highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane Blackshear | 3/12/2013

    " Loving every chapter, especially the chapter about the prayer of sacrament. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 2/18/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books on prayer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel Daniel Harris | 12/25/2012

    " Best book I've ever read on prayer. Written with a humility and openness that's inviting. Challenging yet accessible, Foster's book has the ability to warm even the most calloused heart again to the act of prayer or to spur the devotee to further pursuit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 11/22/2012

    " Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home by Richard J. Foster (1992) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 9/18/2012

    " For anyone who prays to Jesus with any depth of devotion, whose heart beats for His purposes will stand to learn alot from this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Bennett | 8/14/2012

    " Beautiful prose. The first quarter is terrific. The rest is good, but drags a bit. The first 6-7 chapters are great, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndee Jones | 1/20/2012

    " This was a wonderful book on prayer. I learned a lot. It has helped me view my prayer life in a different way. Pray without ceasing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl/Aradanryl | 11/27/2011

    " This book, more than anything else, helped me so much in learning to pray. It isn't a book that you sit down and read, since much of it requires thought and practice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 10/5/2011

    " Prayer as occupation, prayer as love. To pray is to be with God. Foster is very encouraging and helpful. I think the book is organized very well. It's probably one I'll come back to again and again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Lee | 5/31/2011

    " I read this with my bible study group last year and it gave us some new perspective on prayer - it better with 21 chapters each on a different type of prayer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 3/28/2011

    " A great book on prayer! Explores different traditions on prayer and makes it accessible and exciting. Relit my desire to spend more time in prayer and learn more about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 1/27/2011

    " This work is a great introduction to prayer for either the new comer or old soul. Some of these methods may not even seem like prayer at first. There is much here to ponder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 12/20/2010

    " This book is my favorite spiritual book of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 8/20/2010

    " Best book I've ever read on prayer. Written with a humility and openness that's inviting. Challenging yet accessible, Foster's book has the ability to warm even the most calloused heart again to the act of prayer or to spur the devotee to further pursuit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/9/2010

    " Excellent for use as a devotional guide. I love how Foster unpretentiously and simply teaches on various types of prayer. Super helpful and inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 10/31/2009

    " Love love love this simple yet deep understanding of the practice of prayer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 7/7/2009

    " I've read this before but recently picked it up again. Wonderful exploration of all the ways we can relate to God in prayer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 6/17/2009

    " I loved this book.

    I found it helpful, engaging, and informative. Foster's writing was simple and easy to read, which helped to draw me more quickly into what he was writing about prayer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariel | 5/29/2009

    " I loved this book! Prayer is at the core of my spiritual life. Richard Foster's insight to the kinds and dimensions of this discipline is beautiful and illuminating. Highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/29/2009

    " Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home by Richard J. Foster (1992) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 4/16/2009

    " Foster is always excellent. I will read this book over and over. A great use of historical and contemporary theologians and ideas. "

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About the Author
Author Richard J. Foster

Richard J. Foster is the author of several bestselling books, including Celebration of Discipline, Streams of Living Water, Life with God, and Prayer, which was Christianity Today's Book of the Year and the winner of the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He is the founder of Renovaré, an organization and a movement committed to the renewal of the church of Jesus Christ in all its multifaceted expressions, and the editor of The Life with God Bible.