Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality

 Maybe you’ve read stories about millionaires who travel to Tibet to learn how to meditate.

Maybe you know someone who visited a monastery for a month to learn how to pray.

Maybe you don’t have that kind of money or spare time. But you still want to learn to pray.

Don’t worry. You don’t need money or a monastery. You have this book. You have a sense of humor. And you have God’s grace. You’re ready to pray.

Prayer is how we talk with God. The Bible says we should do it constantly. Jesus said it’s the one thing we need to do. Your soul was made to be in conversation with God. Nobody knows you better. Nobody cares more about you.

The good news is that prayer isn’t something exotic or esoteric – not when Matthew Leonard talks about it. He makes the methods manageable. (Promise: you won’t have to twist your body into a pretzel, hire a coach, or learn a foreign language.)

So if you’ve never read a book on prayer, you’ve got the right one. And if you’ve read lots of books on prayer, you’ve still got the right one. It’s got laugh-out-loud humor, great storytelling, and rock-solid instruction. Prayer Works is fun and fast-paced. It will put you on your knees – after you’re finished slapping them.

“‘Prayer Works!’ is a joyful announcement that work, family life, friends and chores don t have to keep you from prayer. They can all be invitations to prayer. Matthew Leonard, in an engaging style, shows how ancient Catholic prayer traditions still meet the needs of today’s Catholics.”

His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

Louder Than Words: The Art of Living as a Catholic


Is Catholicism more than giving up beer or chocolate for Lent?

Even if it is good beer or great chocolate the answer is a resounding yes! In fact, we re called to have such faith that when others meet us they actually see Christ. But how do we do that in a world where Notre Dame means football and not Our Lady?By following the lead of so many before us…

We have living examples of holy men and women who overcame the same types of temptations we face and shortcomings we all have, to become huge, blinking neon signs that pointed to Jesus. And if they can do it so can we…with a little practice.

Author, lecturer, and Catholic convert Matthew Leonard combines the stories of the saints triumphs and struggles along with his own personal anecdotes and wry humor to show us all a fresh take on the art of being truly Catholic in a contemporary world.

We all need help to grow spiritually, especially when it comes to cultivating a life of prayer and holiness … Matt Leonard shows us the way. Full of biblical wisdom and practical insight, readers will be inspired and challenged to grow, and then motivated and empowered to go forth.

Dr. Scott Hahn, best selling author and speaker

“‘Louder Than Words’ is a theological thrill ride, one that will leave you breathless and exhilarated by God’s love. Matthew Leonard knows the Catholic faith and, even more impressively, he knows how to articulate it in a way few others can. This book inspires while it challenges – echoing Sacred Scripture, it will both comfort you in your afflictions and afflict you where you might have grown too comfortable. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and get this book.

Mark Hart, author, speaker, and Executive Vice President of Life Teen International

Matt Leonard wants to show us that God repeatedly chooses weak folks like us to accomplish glorious things.

–From the foreword by Mike Aquilina, author of more than 40 books and EWTN personality