I'm a reader. I've always been a reader and it's pretty certain to say that I'll always be a reader. Honestly if it weren't for my husband and kids I wouldn't even own a television because I watch it that infrequently. Television is too easy for me. I need a book to be able to flex my mind. So obviously when I find a good one, I pounce.
Enter Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer. I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant when I approached this book. I read quite a bit of Christian literature, but as a contemporary Baptist, the subject matter of this book (icons, ancient prayers, etc.) was a bit foreign to me.
Prayer is a very personal thing, or at least for me it is. It's also something that I've had to condition myself to do. It's not always easy and it's always forthcoming. Sometimes I get distracted and sometimes I don't get the answers that I'm looking for when I speak with God. It can be discouraging. But it's also the root of a love so amazing that we don't always understand it. And that's ok.
My personal perspective on prayer, its practice, history, and its value has been enriched profoundly by reading this book. I recommend it to anyone interested in delving into the history of prayer and how that history can inform and mold our faith today.