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Living Prayer is the story of Robert Benson's quest across ecumenical and denominational lines in search of windows into the mystery of prayer. Weaving a narrative about his experiences while seeking a prayerful life, he demonstrates how prayer can enter the fabric of one's existence so that life itself becomes prayer. In the manner of Madeleine L'Engle and Kathleen Norris, Benson makes the ordinary events of life seem mystical and the mystical seem ordinary. He illustrates the full power of prayer, illuminates ...

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Overview

Living Prayer is the story of Robert Benson's quest across ecumenical and denominational lines in search of windows into the mystery of prayer. Weaving a narrative about his experiences while seeking a prayerful life, he demonstrates how prayer can enter the fabric of one's existence so that life itself becomes prayer. In the manner of Madeleine L'Engle and Kathleen Norris, Benson makes the ordinary events of life seem mystical and the mystical seem ordinary. He illustrates the full power of prayer, illuminates the reasons we are drawn to pray, and bears witness to the grace of leading a life attuned to the voice of God.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Benson (Between the Dreaming and the Coming True) narrates the story of his quest across ecumenical and denominational lines in search of windows into the mystery of prayer. He illustrates the full power of prayer, illuminates the reasons we are drawn to pray and bears witness to the grace of leading a life attuned to the voice of God. Throughout his story, Benson describes the life of prayer as a dance. He urges us to discover the rhythms of life that can be found in the Ancient Dance of the Ancient Days: the liturgy; the Eucharist; the calendar and the mass; the prayers of confession, intercession, recollection and contemplation; the habits of reading and retreat and working with our hands; the practices of hospitality and forgiveness and being with the poor. Benson also contends that place is one of the steps in the Ancient Dance. Prayer has been most meaningful to him in places that have been set aside for God to inhabit, places that have been marked for worship and prayer and places to which those who are seeking God have been called forth to hope and rest and listen. Benson discovers a way of prayer that is both old and new, and he shows that living prayer is the beginning of a journey that starts with learning to listen. Benson's beautifully measured prose lures readers into the prayer as a dynamic dance of life. (Sept.)
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In the same vein as Kathleen Norris, Benson (Between the Dreaming and the Coming True, HarperSanFrancisco: HarperCollins, 1996) reflects on his life within the framework of liturgical prayer, grounded in a sense of place, the cyclical expanse of time, and the renewal of solitude and human fellowship. He asks profound questions and buoys his writing with a self-deprecating sense of humor and immense trust in God. As Kathleen Norris's popularity attests, this uplifting book should speak to a growing audience of readers who are seeking contemplative prayer and a return to traditional liturgy as a way of life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874779677
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 7.49 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Benson is the author of Living Prayer, Venite, and Between the Dreaming and the Coming True. He lives in Nashville.

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Table of Contents

Living Prayer Author's Note

The General Dance

The Rhythm of the Mass

The Sacrifice

Planting Sweet Peas

Office Hours

The Road Leads Here

Ink Stains on the Soul

Walking in the Dark

Signs and Wonders

Dancing on the Head of a Pen

Something to Nail To

Endnotes

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    After you read this book you'll give copies as gifts

    This book really is a gift. Robert Benson weaves a marvelous tapestry, pulling threads from his own life, history, tradition, and a little scripture to show how central prayer is to life. Some might use the phrase "prayer life," but Mr. Benson would say that phrase is needlessly redundant. You'll want to give copies of this book to people you love, but you won't want to let your copy go because you'll want to read it again.

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