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Prayer of Jabez :
Breaking Through to the Blessed Life by Bruce H. Wilkinson
Nativity parishioner Liz Stoner recommends this small guide on how to pray for your own
needs in your communions with God. She has shared this powerful guide with many of her
The Divine Hours
by Phyllis Tickle
A Guide to Daily Fixed-Hour Prayer. This series of books
draws on the Book of Common Prayer and the Church Fathers, as well as the New Jerusalem
Bible, to provide daily readings and prayers. Fans of the Divine Hours books
applaud Tickle's uncomplicated format, her use of a modern calendar rather than a
liturgical one, and the single ribbon in the binding, which is, amazingly, all that
readers need to track the daily offices. Fixed-hour prayers (also called "keeping the
hours" or "saying the offices") are listed for each calendar day--morning,
midday, and evening. Tickle's book of hours modernizes the ancient practice of
fixed-hour prayer, as originally practiced by the Jews ("Seven times a day do I
praise you" [Psalm 119:164]) and adapted by early Christians. The book's introduction
provides a short history of this tradition of prayer, whose centrality in Christian
worship was cemented in the sixth century, when St. Benedict fashioned the rule of his
community according to the schedule of fixed-hour prayer. The introduction also encourages
readers to experiment with sung and chanted prayer (the encouragement includes the
tantalizing observation by Saint Augustine that "Whoever sings, prays twice").
The discipline described by The Divine Hours is demanding, but the rewards, as
Tickle describes them, are great. Christians who practice fixed-hour prayer "find
themselves filled with a conscious awareness that they are handing their worship, at its
final 'Amen,' on to other Christians in the next time zone. Like relay runners passing a
lighted torch, those who do the work of fixed-hour prayer create thereby a continuous
cascade of praise before the throne of God."
Don't Just Stand There, Pray Something: The Incredible Power of
Intercessory Prayer With insights into prayer and spirituality and a fresh
perspective on how God answers prayer, the leader of a national prayer ministry takes a
look at how anyone can pray with more purpose and power.
Guerrillas of Grace A book of prayers in free-verse poems, complemented by abstract art. "This book
of prayers is unlike any other I have ever read. Mr. Loder's prayers give us permission to
speak as freely to our God as we would like, to use our weak and imperfect selves to
achieve great things." Click here for more information
God Calling Journal To track your thoughts,
prayers, and meditations. This is a devotional journal featuring genuine bonded leather,
padded cover, gilded edges, ribbon marker, and presentation page. It is ideal for
personalized gift giving.
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