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A simple conversation, a loving encounter, an act of faith in someone you trust—prayer is so much simpler than we sometimes think. When the daily challenges of life threaten to overwhelm us, God is always close. Talking to God: Prayers for Catholic Women by Julie Cragon helps bring all your daily concerns to the heart of God. Talking to God holds the solution to finding peace in the chaos of daily life. Read through this collection of original prayers, and use them frequently. You'll find prayers for different times of day and for a variety of situations, including facing challenges, letting go of anxiety and interacting with loved ones. These hopeful, reassuring meditations will give you strength, comfort and insight, supporting you as you support your children, your spouse, your colleagues and your friends. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, these prayers bring hope and perspective in every situation of life. Carry these prayers with you—both literally and figuratively, thanks to the book's convenient size—as you go about your daily tasks. Become persistent in your prayer life. St. Paul directs us to: "pray without ceasing" (1Thes 5:17). From the moment we wake until our eyes close at the end of a long day, God is always close to us in our need. He is always desiring that connection with each of us. Jesus wants us to ask, to seek and to knock. Allow Him in. Every day. All day. Receive his abundant blessings and his gifts of grace.
Julie Dortch Cragon owns St. Mary's Bookstore and Church Supply in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of several books, including Amazing Graces: The Blessings of Sacramentals and Visiting Mary: Her US Shrines and Their Graces. Julie and her husband, Allen, are the parents of six children.