Many birdwatchers keep a tally of the different species of birds seen in a lifetime. While reading through Richard J. Foster's Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home you might feel like a birdwatcher who has just seen more new birds in one setting than anyone could possibly imagine. To put it simply, Foster has written a consummate guide to prayer which tallies up the incredible variety of ways we can commune and communicate with God.

The book is divided into three sections depicting how prayer can take an inward trek of personal transformation, an upward turn toward intimacy with the Creator, or an outward arc of serving others. Foster has read widely on prayer and there are thought-provoking and heart-stirring quotations from St. Augustine, John Wesley, Brother Lawrence, Soren Kierkegaard, Thomas Merton, and many more. A treasure-trove of scriptural verses and accounts is also brought to bear on the many paths of prayer.

Our intimate conversations with God through word and deed intensify our spiritual journeys. Foster's relaxed and emotionally honest reflections upon his own prayer life make the point that seizing upon the sanctity of the ordinary is essential to a rich inner life. Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home is an essential resource you'll rely upon again and again as you seek to add breadth and depth to your spiritual practice.