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Praying with the Church by Scot McKnight

Monday, 3 December 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Non-Fiction: Christian Prayer. Paperback from Paraclete Press. Published in 2006. 169 pages. Purchased at the Half Price Books Dallas Mother-Ship.

Like author McKnight, I grew up in a church that didn’t “pray other people’s prayers”. It was not until we spent a couple of years attending an Anglican church in the UK that I became more familiar with fixed prayers. I began to see the value of adding prewritten prayers to my practice of spontaneous prayer. Praying with the Church is an excellent guide to the different prayer books that are available and gives good advice on how to add them to your prayer life.

Publisher’s summary:
Scot McKnight, best-selling author of The Jesus Creed, invites readers to get closer to the heart of Jesus’ message by discovering the ancient rhythms of daily prayer at the heart of the early church. “This is the old path of praying as Jesus prayed,” McKnight explains, “and in that path, we learn to pray along with the entire Church and not just by ourselves as individuals.” Praying with the Church is written for all Christians who desire to know more about the ancient devotional traditions of the Christian faith, and to become involved in their renaissance today.

With his trademark style of getting right to the heart of theological concepts through practical, witty, and memorable examples from everyday life, Scot invites readers to explore: How Jesus prayed, How the Psalms teach us to pray, How Orthodox Christians pray, How Roman Catholics pray, How Anglicans pray, How The Divine Hours of Phyllis Tickle teaches us to pray, And, how praying with the church is an essential part of spiritual formation.

Online book shopping:
Powell’s: Praying with the Church
amazon.co.uk: Praying with the Church
amazon.com: Praying with the Church
Audible.com: not currently available as audio.

  1. Steve
    Monday, 3 December 2007 at 10:27 pm

    Praying well thought out prayers that others have written (David and Paul are a couple of prayer writers I recommend, but there have been many excellent ones since their times, too) can be very helpful to those of us who struggle with verbal expression. I would say these prayers are much more meaningful to me than the tired phrases of the “spontaneous” prayers I heard growing up:
    – guide, guard, and direct
    – bring us back safely at the next appointed time
    – thank you for your watch-care over us
    – well done thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joys I have prepared for you.

    I don’t mind the last one, much, except how it was used in the prayers.

  2. Tuesday, 4 December 2007 at 9:51 am

    You know, I hadn’t really thought about the fact that even during the “spontaneous” prayers, they were using other’s phrases. Interesting.

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