Say it to God by Luigi Gioia
My immediate reaction to this book was – goodness not another book on prayer. My familiarity and complacency were soon dispelled by this compelling exploration of the nature of prayer. Written by a Roman Catholic Benedictine monk and teacher it is steeped in a deep inhabiting of the tradition and an honest struggle with this key element of the Christian life.
You will appreciate the quality of writing, short chapters, attention to the prayer in Scripture and a grounded approach about what is really means to pray. We are asked to examine our priorities, be honest about the distractions and boredom present in our discipleship and break into a different attitude to God. It is fresh, humane, grounded and real! Your sense of God and view of what God is like and how God is present will be broken open and reshaped.
This book will be my guide this Lent. Those of us who teach should learn from Gioia how to capture truth and express it with authenticity and love. This book is my best BOM so far ……. Fresh and enlarging. Another book on prayer – yes and one of the best.
Reviewed by Canon James Woodward, Principle of Sarum College.