I have just finished reading A Short and Easy Method of Prayer, first written by Madame Jeanne-Marie Bouvier de la Motte-Guyon. Madame Guyon was imprisoned for 7 years because her prayer style unsettled the established church of the time. I have thoroughly enjoyed this delightful book which has been a wonderful preparation for the season of Advent.
She starts by reminding us that “Prayer is the application of the heart to God, and the internal exercise of love.” and ends with the admonition “O ye blind and foolish men, who pride yourselves on science, wisdom, wit and power; how well do you verify what God hath said, ‘His Secrets are hidden from the great and wise , and revealed unto The Little Ones- The Babes!” The premise of the book is that “all ought to practice prayer.” and she gives some wonderful advice on how to accomplish that even if you are uneducated or illiterate. That may not sound radical to us but in a day and age in which it was usually considered to be the place of the clergy rather than the common person to pray, her advice was quite radical.
She has lots of good advice on meditative prayer that has definitely stood the test of time. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a reflective start tot the Advent season.