Pray as you can't

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The author takes us on his own life-long journey of discovering different ways of developing his prayer life. He explains how the well-known advice to "pray as you can" is generally misunderstood and he encourages us to move, step by step, outside our comfort zone, trying different prayer styles. Underpinning all of this is the assurance that prayer is not so much about what we can do, but about what God can do in us and through us - if we let His Holy Spirit help us.

Includes the following important topics:

  • Discovering different types of prayer.
  • The importance of prayer and faith being rooted in love, not fear.
  • Why and how prayer should come from the heart. 
  • Spirituality and getting to know the Holy Spirit
  • Discovering praise, healing and prophecy.
  • Insights into Christian and Catholic teaching.
  • Relevant quotations from the Bible and the Catholic Catechism.
  • Helpful prayer suggestions at the end of each chapter.
  • An appendix of testimonies of answered prayers.


Alastair Emblem has led a Parish Prayer Group for thirty years as well as being actively involved in many areas of voluntary ministry in the Catholic Church. He is also host and worship leader for "ADoRE" a monthly online mini-retreat morning of spiritual renewal which attracts hundreds of followers from all over the UK and abroad.

Available from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle formats.

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"Thank you a million times.... So much of your book mirrored my own experiences. It is so easy to read,....Reading it has been such a joy... There have been times of quite deep prayer and others of laughing out loud. Not that these need be opposites of course. Our God is a Happy and joyous spirit." EB