"It is morally impossible for him who neglects meditation to live without sin"—St. Alphonsus Ligouri

“If you are just learning how to enrich your prayer life, or like me, are easily distracted, this is a great book to have on hand during your prayer time. I recommend it to anyone who would like a deeper relationship with God.”

Jen Steed
Happy Little Homemaker

A Guide to Christian Meditation

How to Engage More Deeply in Personal Prayer

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D

Engage more deeply in your daily prayer life with A Guide to Christian Meditation. In this how-to journey, you will grow in intimacy with God through personal prayer. If you or a loved one is seeking to strengthen their prayer life, overcome difficulties in prayer or learn the fundamentals of Christian meditation, this is the book for you.

A Guide to Christian Meditation is the perfect companion to Father Bartunek’s The Better Part.

For You:

Let God change you from the inside out. You’ll find types of prayer, fundamentals of Christian meditation, a 4-step structure for meditation, how to overcome difficulties in prayer, and more!

For a Friend:

If you ever had a friend say, I would like to pray, I just don’t know where to begin. This would be a great gift for them to get started!

For Your Parish:

Order for your parish small groups (adoration, bible studies, ministry groups, etc.) and receive a bulk discount!

“Every christian has a responsibility to become an expert in prayer. Without a mature prayer life, you cannot become a mature Christian, in which case you will never discover the authentic Christian joy, wisdom, and fruitfulness that flow from being fully formed in Christ.”

About the Author

Father John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his B.A. in history from Stanford University in 1990, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010.

Father Bartunek provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, “Inside the Passion,”  the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Father Bartunek has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican’s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist.

His most widely known book is called The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer. His most recent books are Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength, and Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions.

Father Bartunek currently splits his time between Michigan – where he continues his writing apostolate and serves as a confessor and spiritual director at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center – and Rome, where he teaches theology at Regina Apostolorum. He answers questions about the spiritual life at SpiritualDirection.com. His online, do-it-yourself retreats are available at RCSpirituality.org.