Prayer is the key to healing, not only physically, but spiritually and emotionally. Ron Roth's Prayer and the Five Stages of Healing is a guidebook to developing an effective prayer life and to integrating prayer into every aspect of daily life. The first half of this book traces the relationship of prayer to five distinct phases of healing based on the classic stages of enlightenment found in the mystical literature of the world. These stages, known as the awakening, purification, illumination, dark night of the soul, and divine union, represent significant evolutions in spiritual life that lead to what the author calls "healing into wholeness." The second half of the book is devoted to advanced methods of prayer drawn from Ron Roth's many years of experience with prayer and healing. He shares his personal secrets for praying in the energy of the saints, learning to use silence and solitude, invoking the sacred throughout the day, and making forgiveness the linchpin to genuine and effective prayer. Each chapter in both parts of the book contains one or more prayers and spiritual exercises designed to help the reader learn to implement the author's teachings in a direct, experiential way that will deepen the experience of prayer even as the reader learns the theoretical underpinnings of prayer and healing.