Praying in the Messiness of Life


An honest, gentle book that helps readers break out of their usual routine of prayer and discover new ways and places to pray.

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An honest, gentle book that helps readers break out of their usual routine of prayer and discover new ways and places to pray.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835810418
  • Publisher: Upper Room Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 111
  • Sales rank: 1,313,903
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Preface 11

Introduction: Breaking Out of the Prayer Box 15

1 Praying with the Body 25


Companion Walk

Syncopated Steps

Revelation Walk

Soaking Prayer



For Reflection

2 Praying with the Breath 35

Breath Prayer

Pause Prayer

Release Prayer

Bedtime Breath Prayer

Prayer of Compassion

For Reflection

3 Praying with the Mind 43

Intentional Thought Prayer

Praying with Scripture

Scripture Memory Verse




Affirmative Prayer

For Reflection

4 Praying with the Senses 53

Stroll for Your Soul






Praying of Distraction

For Reflection

5 Praying with Silence 61

Centering Prayer

Be-Still-and Know Prayer

Sitting in Solitude

Teach Me to Be Silent

Prayer of Silent Union

Prayer for the Silent

Prayer after Silent Prayer

For Reflection

6 Praying with the Surroundings 71

Parable Prayer

Prayer of Presence

The Teaching of the Trees

Sacred Space

For Reflection

7 Praying with the Circumstances 77

Preparation Prayer

Transition Prayer

Intercessory Prayer

Hospital Prayer

What's Happening Prayer

Listening as Prayer

"It Is as It Is" Prayer

For Reflection

Epilogue: Praying with Your Life 87

Appendix: Guidelines for Group Use 95

Notes 109

About the Author 111

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