This thoughtful collection of prayers emerged from Brueggemann's thirty-five years of teaching in seminaries. Full of reflection, faith, and dialogue, they reveal another side of this gifted author from what his many readers are accustomed to. These deeply felt and sparklingly articulated prayers reflect a wide range of life experiences. As readers, we are taken from the depths of pain and loss to the heights of joy and praise. The author takes on life in its fullest as he utters his praise and lament, petition and thanksgiving. Brueggemann's prayers lead us to deeper commitment, deeper faith, and deeper reflection. The volume also includes an index of biblical allusions that will be useful for preachers as well as the general reader looking for the biblical roots of these fears, hopes, struggles, and aspirations.
|Publisher:||Augsburg Fortress, Publishers|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.54(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.62(d)|
Table of ContentsThe prayers are grouped into nine categories:
"And Then You"-Facing God
"A People with Many Secrets"-Truth-telling Confession
"Against Your Absence"-A Hidden God
"We Are Ready to Listen"-For Illumination
"Move Off the Page"-While Reading Texts
"Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth"-For the Church in Mission
"Start Again"-For a Bruised World
"We Will Not Keep Silent"-Cadences of Gratitude
"Occupy Our Calendars"-Praying the Christian Year
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This is a startling book of prayers. Many are related to particular days of the church calendar and some are appropriate for "every day" use. What pulls them together is an openness and authenticity seldom found among Christians, much less in their books. Brueggemann is honest about our struggles to trust and follow God as well as our misgivings when it seems God ignores us or asks too much. But he also exults in the God of the universe who nurtures us with grace and humor. The prayers are appropriate for private mediations, in small group devotions or as discussion starters with a larger group.