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Recommended book

 When the well runs dry – Prayer beyond the beginnings by Thomas H Green, S.J.

A classic Christian work that can be read and relied upon again and again.

When the well runs dry builds on Green’s classic and bestselling primer on prayer Opening to God. It encourages readers to re-examine their perspectives on prayer and argues that prayer has less to do with what readers do or know and more to do with what God does in them.

Green has served for more than 25 years as spiritual director at San Jose Seminary in Manila, the Philippines. He uses illustrative material from three masters of prayer — Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Ignatius of Loyola — to describe the three stages of interior growth.

Especially valuable is Green’s assessment of the drying up of the well of devotion as a maturing opportunity to learn “to waste time gracefully.” Drought can mean growth and during a dark night of the soul we are challenged to be at home in the dark. Calling prayer “the most mysterious dimension of all human experience,” Green concludes with an enlightening examination of the art of floating (relax, let go, hang loose) as a metaphor for faithfully resting in the grace of God. When the Well Runs Dry is a classic Christian work that can be read and relied upon again and again.

When the well runs dry