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Opening To God

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Drawing from Jesus' words to the disciples to become like children, Marilyn McCord Adams presents more than two hundred fifty original prayers that serve as powerful and practical examples of how adults can pray in a manner that combines the complexity and richness of their adult experiences with the candor and expectations of a child. The prayers in this collection encourage a deeper level of intimacy and openness to God, which McCord Adams believes will compel us to bring the pressing problems facing us ...

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Overview

Drawing from Jesus' words to the disciples to become like children, Marilyn McCord Adams presents more than two hundred fifty original prayers that serve as powerful and practical examples of how adults can pray in a manner that combines the complexity and richness of their adult experiences with the candor and expectations of a child. The prayers in this collection encourage a deeper level of intimacy and openness to God, which McCord Adams believes will compel us to bring the pressing problems facing us directly to God. This resource, which can be used for public worship and private devotion, includes prayers that address social and personal concerns.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664233051
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 7/21/2008
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,321,617
  • Product dimensions: 0.35 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Marilyn McCord Adams is Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, she was Regious Professor of Divinity at Oxford University and Canon at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. She was also Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology at Yale Divinity School and for many years taught medieval philosophy and philosophy of religion at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     v
Opening the Self to God
Trying to Pray     3
Sharing Our Worries, "Outing" Our Demons     6
Sharing the Suffering     11
Praying through Death and Dying     15
Sharing Our Relationships     19
Confessing Our Failures     27
Expressing Appreciation     34
Responding to God's Calling     43
Faith Seeking Understanding
Praying the Questions     49
Praying the Bible     58
Caring for God's World
Sharing the Terror     83
Admitting to Racism and Prejudice     91
Praying for Peace     95
Longing for Good Government     100
Hungering for Justice     104
Praying for Prisoners     113
Praying for the Church     116
Caring for the Environment     119
Scripture Index     122
Index of Themes     129
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