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Real Life, Real Spirituality

Too Busy to Pray


Most people think they're too busy to pray. So I've designed this book for busy people, because I understand. I've been a full-time working woman/mother/grandmother (that's a lot of years!) for most of my life and know the juggling routine all too well. But the fruits and enormous benefits of prayer have enticed me to continue the journey, week after week, year after year. I have discovered, to my great surprise, that when ordinary people pray, they can lead extraordinary lives and grow into saints, poets, and mystics.


I am talking about ordinary people, not special people with halos, but people living busy lives, alternating roles, working hard at relationships and careers, and tending to families. And when enough people are leading extraordinary lives, that's when relationships and families and churches and businesses and entire societies will change. That's when the "peace that surpasses all understanding" will flow gently over our world. That's how the kingdom of God will be ushered in—through one ordinary person after another, after another, after another.


Prayer is not that difficult to do. A little time, a little attention, can yield enormous benefits. When I first started praying, I didn't know what I was doing. I was in spiritual kindergarten. I needed Spirituality 101, and it seemed like every book I picked up was way over my head. I had a hard time finding anything written for "ordinary" people who had just felt the first stirrings of God's Spirit within them.


So wherever you are on the journey, I believe you'll find this book easy to understand. It doesn't mean the material is not profound—it's impossible to speak about prayer in a shallow way—it just means profound truths are expressed in everyday language. We all have a part to play in making the world a better place.


Most of us are not in powerful worldly positions, making decisions that will affect human lives. But we have a more commanding, silent position. We can work from our "home offices"—out of our powerful prayer corners.


I may not meet you face to face, saint, poet, mystic, but I promise you this: we will meet in prayer. Day after day, week after week, year after year, we "ordinary" people will meet. And together, we will change the world.