Fr Jerome Bertram of the Oxford Oratory is an engaging speaker and writer. He tackles familiar subjects in an original and witty manner without descending to frivolity or succumbing to the temptation to say something new just for the sake of it. His latest book "Jesus, teach us to pray" is a good example of his style applied to the most important subject of prayer.
He first of all looks at what is the purpose of prayer, and particularly at some wrong answers to that question; he covers different types of prayer and then moves on to a lengthy reflection on the Our Father which forms the main part of the book. In a final chapter, he takes a sensible look at the most common difficulty that people have in praying, that of distraction.
Based firmly in the tradition of the Church's teaching on prayer, this is a readable joyful and wise treatise which will help anyone who wishes to worship the Father in spirit and in truth.
"Jesus, teach us to pray" is published by Family Publications (143 pages, paperback, £8.95)