Wikstrom identifies and defines the four major types of prayer that are practiced by all the world's major religions:
- "Naming" the many ways in which the holy is present in daily life and the wider world
- "Knowing" the self introspectively--both in its strengths and weaknesses
- "Listening" to the "voice of quiet stillness" that resides in each individual
- "Loving" by reaching out to the world
Simply Pray uses these four core prayer types to develop a modern worship practice, using prayer beads as a frame of reference. The book offers illustrated prayer-bead techniques that can be used directly or customized for personal use. There are also helpful tips on how to make prayer a part of your daily routine, as well as how to to make prayer beads and the benefits of using them:
- Prayer beads serve as a focus for meditation. Much more than a mnemonic aid to prayer, prayer beads engage the senses to create a state of mindfulness.
- Prayer beads are mobile altars. Simply touching the beads as they rest in a pocket, briefcase, or purse brings a prayerful presence to mundane moments.
- Prayer beads serve as reminders of prayer and help keep track of prayers.
- Appeals to readers who do not currently pray but want to learn how, as well as those seeking to refresh their prayer routine.
- Enables readers to create their own set of prayer beads and prayers for daily use.
- A non-denominational guide to prayer that draws on the practice of prayer from major religions of the world.