Written by the bestselling author of Where the Hell Is God?, this accessible volume is for everyone who wonders how to pray, everyone who wonders what happens when you pray, and everyone who wonders if God hears our prayers.
Richard Leonard, SJ, is a writer and film critic who has written and spoken about cinema, culture, and faith on four continents. An Australian Jesuit with advanced degrees in theology and film, Leonard is the director of the Australian Catholic Film Office.
Richard Leonard has done it again, tackled a difficult theological and spiritual question with honesty, deep knowledge, humor and a warm heart. Why Bother Praying moved me to tears and to laughing out loud. But I was also enlightened on one the most fundamental aspects of what it means to be a Christian, namely engaging in a real relationship with God, which is what prayer is all about.
- William A. Barry, SJ
Richard Leonard writes with the intelligence of an academic, the wisdom of a rabbi, and the sensitivity of a counsel. The mixture of precedent perception and anecdote combine to produce a volume that will enable Catholics to take pride in their traditions of prayer and will open the eyes of Protestants and nonbelievers to what they are missing. To all who struggle with prayer, this book enables them to know that they have companions on, the way.
- Rev. John Bell, Iona Community, Scotland
If you are wondering what happened to your earlier enthusiasm for prayer, and whether its worth trying to rediscover it, this book may open doors you didnt realise were there: new insights into the relevance of ancient patterns and practices, renewed challenges to pastoral compassion and inclusiveness, and-music to our ears-permission to engage with what helps, and leave aside what doesnt. Why bother praying? Rediscover good reasons, offered with humility, humor, and a wealth of inspiring anecdotes from the authors own fascinating journey.
- Margaret Silf