Prayers Plainly Spoken

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"If anything, these prayers are plain. They are so because I discovered I could not pray differently than I speak. In other words, I thought it would be a mistake to try to assume a different identity when I prayed. I figured (Texans 'figure') that God could take it, because God did not need to be protected. I think I learned this over the years by praying the Psalms in church. God does not want us to come to the altar different from how we live the rest of our lives.. "So writes Stanley Hauerwas in the introduction to this collection of prayers, ...
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Overview

"If anything, these prayers are plain. They are so because I discovered I could not pray differently than I speak. In other words, I thought it would be a mistake to try to assume a different identity when I prayed. I figured (Texans 'figure') that God could take it, because God did not need to be protected. I think I learned this over the years by praying the Psalms in church. God does not want us to come to the altar different from how we live the rest of our lives.. "So writes Stanley Hauerwas in the introduction to this collection of prayers, as inimitable as the widely respected (and argued with) theologian is himself. Originally prayed in Hauerwas's divinity school classroom - on a variety of occasions including war, births, Yom Kippur and the death of a beloved cat - they not only display an invigorating faith but demonstrate how late-modern Christians can pray with all the passion, turbulence and life of the ancient psalmists.
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Editorial Reviews

First Things
These are prayers to be savored—specific, idiosyncratic, and honest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592441372
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 871,144

Meet the Author

Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School, Duke University .

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 11
Pt. 1 Beginnings 19
Pt. 2 Living in Between 37
Pt. 3 Endings 115
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2003

    Wonderfully honest prayers

    Hauerwas' plain prayers speak to many of today's Christians' circumstances. His students asked him for a collection of the prayers he prays at the beginning of his Christian Ethics class. I can attest that these prayers are truly how he prays and this book offers a new language for those seeking more honest prayer.

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