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136 pages — Trade Paperback, 5.5" x 8.25"
2nd rev. ed., Madonna House Publications, 2006
Written in a practical and personal style, Catherine Doherty’s popular book brings us to the very heart of prayer. Her words give evidence of deep spirituality and practical wisdom as she draws on her years of reflection on Eastern and Western spiritual masters, tempered by her personal trials and tribulations.
Distilling for us the answers to the pressing questions about prayer that dwell in our hearts, Catherine offers encouragment for growing in our prayer life. She gives us a book to meditate on, to open our perceptions, and shows us how to find space in our lives for prayer.
“If you want to know what prayer is like,” Catherine tells us, “listen to a child of two or three. When we address God in a childlike way, that’s prayer.”
Seeking to live and understand the radical gospel of Jesus Christ, Catherine reveals how prayer has been the soul of her soul, her comfort and her enlightenment. More than just ideas on prayer, this book is about how to develop a personal, intimate life with God.
“Thousands of books have been written on prayer. I don’t suppose God minds the books, but I think he wants you and me to be the book.” — Catherine Doherty
“I ended the reading of this book deeply encouraged. The author distills the answers to those shy but pressing questions about prayer that dwell in our hearts. Deep encouragement comes from the fact that as we read we also recognize that most of the answers were inside us all along! ... Catherine’s writings are refreshing because she draws generously and strikingly from her vast life experience to support her statements. Her style makes her thought accessible because she writes out of love. Soul of My Soul is blessed with the author’s warm personal outreach that leaves the reader greatly encouraged to pray.” —The Bread of Life
“This is not a book to study. It is one to meditate on, to come back to again and again as a reminder that prayer is relationship... Doherty speaks in images that are more mysterious than anthropomorphic. As I read this book, I resonated with her perceptions on prayer... I also thought of others with whom I would like to share the book—persons who are struggling to find space in their lives to wrestle through deep vocational questions. I would recommend this book to them, because it might help to draw them more fully into the mystery of being a pray-er in our day.” —Provident Book Finder
“Catherine’s writing is very simple and down to earth. This book would be appreciated by anyone searching for spiritual reading or encouragement to grow in the life of prayer. The work is well done as it contains both commentary and some of her own personal prayers that she composed. Some of them are worth framing. This is a very worthwhile book that could easily be chosen for a gift.” —Fr. Steven Palsa, Pittsburgh Catholic
“This book is profoundly simple, eminently personal... Catherine leads us into the spirit of her prayer after years of reflection on Eastern and Western spiritual masters.” —Catholic Campus Ministry Association
“A book that can be read from cover to cover or used as a help for meditation.” —Today’s Catholic
“The heart of Catherine Doherty’s thoughts on prayer are presented here in a captivating way... her words give evidence of deep spirituality and practical mysticism... She has her own distinctive style, her own particular call. Her prayer, drawn from the Christian mystical tradition of the East, has been molded amid many trials and tribulations... Overall, the combined force and wisdom of Catherine’s words constitute a way of enlightened prayer for love and service in today’s world.” —Spiritual Book News
“Written in a pratical and personal style... a fine source of reflection.” —Today’s Catholic Teacher
“Catherine Doherty unites the Eastern Christian spirit, humbly glorifying God in contemplative prayer, with the practical Western outlook of the call for repentance... Its heart is the call to silent love of God, to simplicity in prayer, to loving regard for Jesus himself.... It will help less experienced people to begin to seek the Lord.” —Mississippi Today
“Suitable for any age from junior high school on into senior age. Excellent for gift-giving or lending to a friend.” —The New Freeman
Catherine Doherty used her heritage as a Russian Christian as a matrix for responding to the needs of Christian life and work in the modern world. Her own personal pilgrimage led her to be “poor with the poor Christ” in the slums of Toronto and in Harlem; and later to the establishing of the world-wide Madonna House Apostolate. A dedicated wife and mother, Catherine was also a prolific writer of hundreds of articles, a best-selling author of dozens of books, a renowned national speaker, and a pioneer of social justice. Catherine Doherty's cause for canonization as a saint is now under consideration by the Catholic Church.