Nothing is more remarkableor more beautifulthan an ordinary life, quietly transformed by prayer. This is the life that Deborah Smith Douglas chroniclesand invites readers intoin her lovely collection of essays and poems. Drawing from events as simple as breakfast with her five-year-old daughter or waiting in line at the post office, Douglas shows how a loving relationship with God can be nurtured in small ways every day. Without my ever really intending it, she writes, my own lifeas a wife and mother, daughter and friendhas taught me to see God hidden in the ordinary, to watch for God under the surface of things as a fisherman watches for fish. Woven into each of these pieces, along with reflections on the authors experiences, are guidelines for readers watching for God in their own uniqueand ordinarylives. Divided into four sectionsWays of Praying, Healing, Spiritual Companionship, and FruitfulnessThe Praying Life will help Christians move from awareness of Gods presence in their lives to a deep participation in Gods love.