Thursday, March 10, 2011

Common Prayer

Common Prayer: A Liturgy For Ordinary Radicals is a new book providing a template for fixed prayer throughout the day. It has different prayers for every morning including notating important world events and/or people, quotes to think on, and songs to sing. There is a set of mid-day prayers and a different set of evening prayers for each day of the week. Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro wanted to provide a resource through which believers across the world could be unified in their daily prayers; this book was the result of their efforts.

I was excited to receive this book and looked forward to using it. It is very easy for me to get caught up in the activities of the day and forget to pray. I also tend to get stuck in a prayer rut where I feel like I just pray the same thing day after day. This book has definitely helped me get past that rut. I haven't been able to do all the prayers every day, but having the book handy helps me to pray a bit whenever I happen to have the chance. It's a great tool to have. I will warn readers that a few of the morning prayer sets have seemed a bit political to me; not in the Democrat/Republican way, but in subject matter. One example would be the death penalty. I felt a bit disappointed to see a matter that could be taken disruptively, but was able to refocus my prayers using what was there as a jumping off point. Overall, so far, I don't feel it ruins the book or its purpose though. I still recommend this for daily use.

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals is written by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro and published by Zondervan. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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