Prayer is a form of direct communication with the Divine. There are many different prayer practices across many faith backgrounds, whether performed as a group or individually, whether out loud or alone, whether with song or music or in silence. Prayer is often viewed as a conversation with God or a divine presence, a way of deepening a spiritual relationship. St. Teresa of Avila, the sixteenth-century mystic, called prayer an “intimate friendship.” Others have called prayer a call or cry, an asking, or simply a communion. How we interpret the purpose or process of prayer depends a great deal on how we perceive the presence we are trying to connect with, and there are many philosophies from many different traditions on how to deepen, intensify, or improve our practice of prayer.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen

Miracles happen every day—we just have to look to see them. These powerful stories will give you hope and deepen your faith. These 101 amazing stories prove that miracles happen, every day, to people from all walks of life.

Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

Author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life. Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error.

How God Becomes Real: Kindling the Presence of Invisible Others

How do gods and spirits come to feel vividly real to people―as if they were standing right next to them? Humans tend to see supernatural agents everywhere, as the cognitive science of religion has shown. But it isn’t easy to maintain a sense that there are invisible spirits who care about you.

Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness

A monk reflects on the many aspects of the spiritual life with the basic attitude of gratefulness.

First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit: Reb Zalman's Guide to Recapturing the Intimacy and Ecstasy in Your Relationship with God

A personal guide to the life-giving treasures of the Jewish spiritual tradition. This extraordinary spiritual handbook is a compassionate call to reconnect with your spiritual roots and nourish your relationship with God.

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

Anne Lamott claims the two best prayers she knows are: "Help me, help me, help me" and "Thank you, thank you, thank you." She has a friend whose morning prayer each day is "Whatever," and whose evening prayer is "Oh, well.

Taking Flight: A Book of Story Meditations

In the tradition of his bestselling Song of the Bird, de Mello has written these story meditations as stepping stones toward a spiritual life based on self-knowledge and understanding.