Prayer: The Integration of Faith and Life by Bernard Haring (St Paul Publications £1.75) It's Me, 0 Lord by Michael Hollings and Etta Gullick (Hodder and Stoughton 45p)
The Call to Holiness by Martin Parsons (Darton Longman and Todd 70p)
The Ministry of Reconciliation by J. D. Crichton (Geoffrey Chapman £2)
The Bible as History by s Werner Keller (Hodder and Stoughton 60p)
The One Who Listens by Michael Hollings and Etta Gullick (Hodder & Stoughton 45p)
Some people find personal meditation difficult. One reason is that they are uncertain how to approach it. Today many are finding an answer in group prayer. Not only do they gain great benefit from practising it but they also find in it a help to praying alone. Fr Haring's book is of special value not only in providing , material for this form of prayer (as well as for peraonal meditation) but also for suggesting methods for making use of it.
Of particular worth are the two opening chapters entitled "Knowing the Name of the Lord and Praying in his Name" and "The Presence of God as the Basis of Prayer."
The two final chapters, "Shared Prayer" and "Houses of Prayer: Schools of Prayer" provide factual information and suggest occasions for different kinds of shared spontaneous prayer. Throughout the book Fr Haring stresses the importance of deepening one's faith through prayer.
it's Me, 0 Lord is a reissue of a bbok first published in 1972 and widely used since then. This new edition is very welcome, since many find in it a great help to prayer.
In the authors' words it is "A book of informal prayers connected with daily life and the situations we find there, with our moods and feelings about people. our situation in the
world." • There is a complete absence of stilted religious language which makes the prayers attractive and meaningful for all ages, young and old. It is the kind of book worth keeping by one's bedside.
The Call to Holiness sets out
the tradition of holiness associated with the evangelical revival and the Keswick Convention. The author stresses the necessity of recovering the sense of the supernatural in daily life, and he writes a great deal about the power of the Holy Spirit in Christian living.
He points out how essential prayer is for one to receive the action of the Spirit. There are chapters on the nature of holiness; how it shows itself; the experience of holiness. There are a few sentiments expressed with which a Catholic might not altogether agree but they are minor to the main content of the book, which is the personal encounter with Christ and his Spirit that make for holiness.
Fr J. D. Crichton's book is valuable for priests and religious as well as for those lay people who wish to learn about the new Order of Penance,
The book has two main parts. The first is a commentary by Fr Crichton and the second the Order of Penance translated by Geoffrey Webb. it is well known, as Fr Crichton points out in the opening chapter, that there has been a widespread falling away from the practice of the Sacrament of Penance e-
pecially among the young who feel that the sacrament as it has been practised in the past has little relevance to their lives.
Fr Crichton analyses the reasons for this, and in his excellent commentary shows how the new forms of Penitential rites will be of great help in changing this attitude.
Werner Keller's hook was first published in 1956 and has gone through many impressions of which this is the latest. Its purpose is to show how "Archaeology confirms the Book of Books."
The author, who is a journalist, has made a comprehensive study of archaeological findings and has written about them in a style that makes for easy reading. The book is well illustrated.
The One Who Listens is a book of prayers for various occasions and moods by people who have learnt to pray well. There are prayers in time of joy and suffering, prayers for morning and evening, for forgiveness and sorrow.
These prayers are aids to further spontaneous prayer. They provide splendid matter for what the old Catechism called "The raising of the mind and heart to God.
Maurice Nassan SJ