A Living Prayer

A Living Prayer

by Robert Benson


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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 the reasons we are drawn to pray, and bears witness to the grace of leading a life attuned to the voice of God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874779677
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1999
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 18 - 14 Years

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Living PrayerAuthor'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


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A Living Prayer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
roydknight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frederick Buechner of this book, "In looking at his own life with candor and hope, Robert Benson helps us look at our own. His words have the ring of truth."Benson examines from his own spiritual journey how we communicate with God. Looking at various aspects of prayer such as the tradition of liturgy, the liturgical calendar, comtemplative prayer of various religious traditions, journaling, and other disciplines, he touches the heart.....the heart of the reader, the heart of God, the heart of prayer.This one of he best reads I have ever had of a book on the formation of the spirit. It is both comforting and challenging. It makes one smile and think.
RussA More than 1 year ago
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.