Creative Prayerby Brigid Emily Herman, Hal M. Helms (Editor)
Creative Prayer is a modern classic for those seeking an approach to prayer, for those wishing to tap the prayer wisdom of the early fathers, and for those who want to set their lukewarm efforts on fire. Written at the turn of the century by Brigid E. Herman.
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This small book, a non-devotional text, offers an analysis of step-by-step progressive praying. Written by a Protestant woman in Britain shortly before her death in 1923, it is an overlooked classic. In the preface, Herman states the purpose of her book is to elucidate the meaning and value of prayer as a creative process. In seven chapters, the author expands her definition of prayer to include the intricacies and obstacles inherent in such a pursuit. She describes prayer as "the soul's pilgrimage from self to God" and admonishes us that behind a good prayer life is the cross of Christ. The determining impulse behind the cross is not sacrifice but obedience.
Small things matter to Herman. Take silence, for example. In order to hear the voice of God in our individual lives, we must eliminate the background noise of modern life.
Prayer is never an abstract rambling to be gotten through in a hurry. It is a noble activity, a completely human form of interactl on between the human and the Divine. Through prayer, we are bound to share in the creative energy of God.
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