Bonnie Thurston is the author of many books and articles about spirituality and prayer. In For God Alone she shows us, clearly and practically, how to pray. The result is a unique introduction to prayer that will encourage all Christian readers seeking to deepen the life of prayer. For God Alone introduces three traditional trajectories of Christian prayer: oration, meditation, and contemplation. Thurston guides the reader from familiar voiced prayers through the prayer of thought and intellect to the less familiar prayer of quiet or listening. Thurston concludes each chapter with practical exercises for the practice of prayer, suggestions for further reading, and space for reader's notes. Drawing material from both Eastern and Western traditions, For God Alone is learned but conversational in tone and thoroughly accessible to the general reader. Adult education classes in various denominations will profit from reading this book. It will also be used in practical ministries courses, spirituality courses, and courses in the theology and practice of prayer.
"I am not an expert on prayer. Nobody is. We are all beginners in the life of prayer, and will always be so, because God is so vast and God's gift of prayer has infinite dimensions for exploration. The more prayer territory we explore, the more we find there is to explore. And often, after we develop an 'exploratory method, ' a prayer practice or habit that 'works' for us, it 'breaks, ' doesn't 'take us there' any more, so we have to begin all over again. A lot of people who think they can't pray just haven't found their own language for or mode of prayer. And a lot of people who think their prayer life has dried up need to try another way of praying."