Short books/quick reads
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. Inspiring stories and letters from a 17th century monk’s journey in learning to live daily in the presence of God.
The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen. An exploration of the tradition of the Desert Fathers through prayer, silence, and solitude.
Experiencing God Through Prayer by Madame Guyon. A short classic on the necessity and basics of prayer life.
Joyful Journey: Listening to Immanuel by Wilder, Kang, and Loppnow. A short guidebook for learning to live in God’s continual presence presence as our guide, Father, and friend.
In-depth studies on prayer
Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard Foster. A great resource to learn the “tools” or methods of prayer. Short chapters with profound insights.
Hearing God by Dallas Willard. A comprehensive study on the practice of hearing God’s voice in our lives. Highly recommended for those looking for practical training in hearing the Spirit’s “still, small” voice.
Prayer: Communing With God in Everything and The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. Reflections from one of the most renowned pastors of the 20th century. Tozer’s words from the church of the mid-2-th century are eerily prophetic for Christians today.
A Treasury of Prayer by E.M. Bounds. One of the most compelling inspirations for why we should dedicate ourselves to prayer.
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy With God by Timothy Keller. Thoughts from one of the Church’s leading voices on how to make prayer more meaningful, personal, and powerful in our lives.
Prayer biographies and movements
Fresh Wind Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala. The story of Brooklyn Tabernacle’s humble beginnings and God’s movement as the church dedicated themselves to prayer.
Red Moon Rising by Pete Craig. The story of the 24/7 prayer movement in England and how God moved in response to the prayers of many young people who decided to pray round-the-clock.
The Book of Common Prayer. A resource from the Anglican/Episcopal Church.