The Handy Little Guide to Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor)

God knows what’s on our minds and in our hearts, but we still need to verbalize our innermost thoughts, feelings, and intentions. That’s prayer.

In this easy-to-read, down-to-earth introduction to conversation with God, you’ll discover, or rediscover, what you need to be able to “pray without ceasing.”

In this brief booklet, author, mom, wife, and Secular Franciscan Barb Szyszkiewicz helps you strengthen your connection to God through prayer. You’ll learn:

  • How to pray alone and establish an intimate connection with God
  • How to pray with the whole Church
  • What the saints teach us about prayer
  • When to pray, including formal and informal times for prayer
  • Many different styles and methods of prayer, including the prayers of the Church, adoration, meditation, music, art, and journaling.

Your connection to God in prayer can happen anywhere, at any time. No special equipment is needed; no dress code, no reservation required, no admission fee. All you need is an open heart and a willingness to engage with our Creator.

This booklet has an Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat.

Available for purchase at these online booksellers – or order from your favorite Catholic shop!



Simple to use, and simply beautiful, the Simply Faithful: My Catholic Prayer Journal offers brief reflections on Catholic prayer and provides lined pages for notes, prayers, doodles – whatever draws you closer to God. It’s an uncomplicated and flexible journal you can use any way you like. Release date: July 19, 2021. Two themes available:
Our Lady of Lourdes

Sacred Heart of Jesus



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The Ave Prayer Book for Catholic Mothers (Ave Maria Press)

The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion (Ave Maria Press)

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Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary (Ave Maria Press)

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4 thoughts on “Writing

  1. Hi, I foundnyour site from your essay on Mary in Word by Word. I’d like to have my Amazon contribute to your site. What is the title of the site? (When I put in Franciscan Mom, Amazon did not have it listed.)
    Thank you. Peace!
    (I started attending Secular Franciscan meetings on Staten Island this past June)

  2. Hi Barb! I got such a kick out of your tag line!  Isn’t that just the way life is sometimes?  I am a new freelance editor looking for mentors in the field.  Is there any way we could connect, whether over the phone or through email, so that I can seek advice based on your experience?  I found you through the Catholic Writers’ Guild.  I would love to share your blog on my Facebook as well!  Thank you and God bless!  
    — Katelyn Dufour

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