To Dare the Our Father: A Transformative Spiritual Practice

To Dare the Our Father: A Transformative Spiritual Practice

by John Shea


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The Lord’s Prayer accompanies the lives of Christians. When we are happy or sad, when we eagerly wait for a child to be born or silently keep watch as an elder dies, alone in the woods or together in liturgy, filled with gratitude or emptied by grief, driven to praise or dragged to repent, the Our Father finds its way to our lips.

To Dare the Our Father recognizes and respects these experiences but it envisions praying the prayer as a more sustained and challenging undertaking. How does praying the Our Father inform our thinking, feeling, willing, and acting? How does it become for us a transformative spiritual practice? John Shea explores these questions and more to discover what it looks like to become people of prayer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814645604
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Publication date: 01/22/2018
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 507,955
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

John (Jack) Shea is a consultant with decades of experience in providing theological and formation services to parishes and faith-based organizations. He has published over twenty books of theology and spirituality (including Liturgical Press’s popular Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels series), three novels, and three books of poetry. He lectures nationally and internationally on storytelling in world religions, faith-based health care, contemporary spirituality, and the spirit work movement. Visit to learn more.

Table of Contents

A Personal Preface
Chapter One
Praying Someone Else’s Prayer: A Meditation Text
Chapter Two
Seven Challenges of Transformative Spiritual Practices
Chapter Three
Seven Challenges of Praying the Our Father
Chapter Four
The Identity of the Ones Praying
Chapter Five
The Mission of the Ones Praying
Chapter Six
The Strategies of the Ones Praying
Chapter Seven
Transformations and the Emergence of Spirit

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