In Constant Prayer

If you have followed my blog at all over the past few years, you know that the Lord has been taking me on a journey of discovering the Spiritual Disciplines.  A lot of my journey has been focused on my prayer life and how to live out the mandate to “pray without ceasing” in a world that so desperately wants me NOT to “pray without ceasing”.

So imagine my delight when I received this complementary book from Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for agreeing to review the book on this site.  A free book to help me pursue the passion God has already stirred in my heart!

The book focuses on The Daily Office prayers.  Not having grown up in a liturgical church, I was unfamiliar with this term but not unfamiliar with the practice it teaches.  The Daily Office is simply set times throughout the day to pray and read scripture.  They are written prayers that have been around for centuries that are used for both corporate prayer and individual prayer.   The idea is that if you plan out certain times throughout the day where you will sit and pray, you will become a person of prayer.

I truly did enjoy reading this book.  The author is not a theologian so the book is not written in an academic, dry sort of way.  He’s funny and yet gets straight to the point.  Its an easy read and clearly explains the history of the practice as well as the need for the practice.   I especially enjoyed the study guide and the examples of prayers that were included at the end of the book.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is on the journey of a deeper prayer life.  Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have enjoyed this book because God was not pushing me in this direction, but now, I honestly think I will reread it so that I can truly grasp the importance of this ancient tradition.

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