“May love be stronger in me than the fear of the pain that comes with caring.”
This isn’t a traditional book about prayer. It is a book of praying.
Simple prayers. Maybe one sentence. Maybe two. They are broad and poetic and illustrated.
“May I cease to be annoyed that others are not as I wish they were, since I am not as I wish I was.”
Prayer: Forty Days of Practice contains four parts:
- 40 guided prayers
- 40 contemplative images
- 7 reflections on the nature and practice of prayer
- 7 practices from the historical tradition of prayer
There is no particular start and finish (but I did pray through it in the order given).
“May I have the eyes to see this as a good world in need of restoration rather than a bad world and an obstacle to my personal peace and rest.”
It’s more about the time you spend outside of the book, rather than inside the book. It encourages you to actually pray instead of just reading about prayer. It invites you to do.
“May my good works be a fruit of my life rather than justification of it.”
If your expectations are adjusted accordingly, this book is well done for what it is. As the authors say, “This book is not ‘content.’ The ongoing conversation between you and God is content.”
“May I never grow tired of starting over or helping others do the same. My hope is always in renewal and resurrection.”
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My thanks to NetGalley
for the review copy of this book
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