Relational Prayer: A Small Group Guide is a book that offers a way to start or move forward in having a closer, more personal encounter with God in prayer. The book offers both key teaching points and a plan to put into practice what we learn by praying. It is divided into six sessions, each offering clear and simple teaching, a guided prayer experience, suggestions for prayer in the coming week, and thoughtful questions for discussion.
Jen Moser specializes in evangelization and parish renewal at the Archdiocese of Omaha, coaching parish leaders and coordinating a formation program to equip lay leaders for evangelization. She has a Masters in Theology from the Augustine Institute and is trained as a Clifton Strengths coach and spiritual director. Jen is a native of rural Nebraska and is looking forward to enjoying life on the farm with her fiancé, Justin.
Jessi Kary has been a member of the Apostolic Oblates, a secular institute, since 2003 and is passionate about helping others learn to pray and to grow in holiness. She has a Masters in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University and collaborated in the writing and publication of Same-Sex Attraction in Seminary Formation and The Augustine Way. Jessi has been a spiritual director for over fifteen years and has been involved in formation for the Apostolic Oblates, seminarians, and laity of all ages.
“Much more than a task, a duty, or a ‘thing I should do,’ the call to daily personal prayer is an invitation to embark on an adventure of love and growing intimacy with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. More and more people are awakening to a desire for a closer, more personal encounter with God in prayer, but they are not sure where to start or how to move forward. The best way to learn to pray is to pray. Relational Prayer: A Small Group Resource is an outstanding tool, which offers both key teaching points and a game plan to put into practice what we learn by praying. Each of the six sessions offers clear and simple teaching, a guided prayer experience, suggestions for prayer in the coming week, and thoughtful questions for discussion. It is a perfect resource for pastors, catechists, discipleship and apostolate leaders—for any person who has come alive in relational prayer and wants to help others do the same. Authors Jessi Kary and Jen Moser are two such people. In this great gift they have distilled their combined decades of helping many others learn to pray into an eminently practical resource. I highly recommend Relational Prayer: A Small Group Resource and look forward to making great use of it for years to come.”
Father Scott Traynor
Author of The Parish as a School of Prayer
Vicar for Lay and Clergy Formation in the Diocese of Sioux Falls
“None of us can expect to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ without an active experience of prayer. This experience is found not so much in a set of activities as it is in a deepening friendship with Jesus, which He desires to give us in prayer. Those who are looking to lead others into this prayerful relationship with Jesus, as well as those who desire to experience the presence of Jesus more deeply, will welcome this small group guide to relational prayer. It is practical and substantial, a gift to contemporary disciples.”
Archbishop George J. Lucas
Archdiocese of Omaha
“Jennifer Moser and Jessica Kary have put together a very special book on relational prayer. Not only have they summarized so many great spiritual tools and insights, but they have done so in an imminently readable fashion for either the novice or the experienced pray-er. It is my hope that this book will be widely read and used in small group settings so that believers can accompany one another into a deeper relationship with our loving Triune God.”
Bishop David L. Toups
Diocese of Beaumont