This unique book, combining rich personal stories and helpful spiritual reflections, can be used for personal devotionals or in small group discipleship/spiritual formation activities to unpack this powerful prayer line by line. In doing so, you will be challenged to deal with your difficulties gracefully and faithfully, just as God deals with all of us in tough and difficult times, bringing healing and hope to the mess we are in. Ultimately, the prayer brings us full circle--to be a cup of strength to other suffering souls who are in the midst of tough times, too.
""Reading For Today, I felt like I was in a cozy Oregon coffee shop having a long conversation with Patrick. He shared with me about an important prayer from the nineteenth century. Patrick told me intimate personal stories, our eyes often welling with tears. He reminded me of Scriptures foundational to our faith. A friend, he gently suggested ways that I might make this prayer my own. I have . . . and I will.""
--James Kinzler, Coast Community Church of the Nazarene, Santa Barbara, California
""Patrick Allen's work in For Today reads like a spiritual life classic, the kind you keep by the bedside for the mornings when the day seems impossible to face. He writes with true charm and courage. Each chapter feels like another handhold for the upward climb. For Today is an invitation to a prayer life you must hold onto for dear life.""
--Shawna Songer Gaines, University Chaplain, Trevecca Nazarene University
In his speaking and writing, Patrick Allen is known for his humor, quick wit, and storytelling. He holds a PhD from the University of Oklahoma and is retired from George Fox University. He is the author of Morning Resolve: To Live a Simple, Sincere, and Serene Life, published by Cascade Books (2015), and co-author of two academic books with Ken Badley. Patrick and his wife, Lori, reside in Newberg, Oregon.
|Publisher:||Wipf & Stock Publishers|
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Introduction: O God! xi
Part I In the Ditch
1 Finding Strength for Today 3
2 Losing Courage before Difficulties 20
3 Proving Recreant to Duties 36
4 Losing Faith in Other People 51
5 Enduring Ingratitude, Treachery, and Meanness 68
6 Minding and Giving Little Stings 84
Part II On Down the Road
7 Keeping a Clean Heart 103
8 Facing Failure with Honesty and Courage 119
9 Seeing Good in All Things 134
10 Receiving a New Vision 150
11 Regaining the Spirit of Joy and Gladness 163
12 Being the Cup of Strength to Suffering Souls 174
Closing Comments 185