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  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (August 5, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006060199X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060601997
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a wonderful addition to my church library.
mary j. heacock
Living flame, burn into us, Cleansing wind, blow through us, fountain of water, well up within us, that we may love and prase in deed and in truth.
T. Schneider
Like the Book of Common Prayer, the New Zealand Prayer Book carries forward many beautiful prayers of the Anglican Tradition.
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121 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Martha Ainsworth on June 13, 2000
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Even though this book was written for corporate, rather than private worship... even though this book was written for the Church in New Zealand, and I am an American... my copy of this book is well thumbed, and I find myself turning to it several times a week for my personal prayer. The language is so direct, so clean, it is sometimes striking. For instance, instead of a rambling 18th century groveling absolution, this book offers: "God forgives you. Forgive others. Forgive yourself." The richness of the Anglican tradition remains intact, but through the enlightened use of language, most of the unhelpful baggage of Anglicanism has been cast aside. Instead of an imperialistic God, here you find evidence of a loving God. Here I found the prayer I wanted to pray, the words for that which was wordless within me. Here I found the powerful, direct language that sets me free to connect to the Holy One. I recommend this book as a valuable resource, not only for all Anglicans, but for anyone who loves being in relationship with God.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2000
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A New Zealand Prayer Book beautifully combines the lofty Anglican tradition with a directness and simplicity that reflects native culture. Many of the prayers are almost childlike in their simplicity, but directly speak to the heart and soul. I find myself coming back to certain prayers, especially an evening medititation that reminds, "What has been done has been done; what has not been done has not been done; let it be." Accessible and reflecting the complexity, and simplicity, of the soul.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 23, 2004
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Published in 1989, the New Zealand Prayer Book, He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa represented a significant development in Anglican liturgy, not only for the province of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, but for liturgical development around the world. While it remained true to the spirit of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (a book whose language and beauty is renowned, but also less applicable in the modern world, even in English-speaking societies), it represented in many ways a paradigm shift by incorporating the texts of the Maori side-by-side with the English liturgies in many instances, and paying a great deal of respect for the language and culture of the indigenous peoples without sacrificing the integrity of the historical English liturgical forms. (There are also sections in Fijian and Tongan, reflecting even more diversity in the province.)
Many of the Anglican provinces around the world that remained in colonial and commonwealth settings retained as their primary source the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, put together by the English in response to the liturgical, spiritual and political influences of the their time and place. The New Zealand Prayer Book reflects these same developmental features - scholars of the province took care to craft a liturgy sourcebook that is responsive to their particular Pacific setting and cultures.
The Prayer Book Commission was at work for well over 20 years on this text, a period of radical change in the New Zealand society.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1998
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The "New Zealand Prayer Book" is a masterpiece. Combining the traditional prayers and forms of worship of the Anglican Church of New Zealand with the rich earth-based spirituality of the Maori and other Pacific Island cultures, this worship manual should be the standard for any church or community seeking to deepen its connection with creation and the Creator. The richness and diversity of its forms, the simplicity of its language, and its concern for the hundreds of years of worship practices of the Anglican Church combine in a Prayer Book for the Twenty-first Century.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Nan Crystal Arens on June 21, 2001
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If you're an Anglican who loves liturgy (or even if you're not Anglican), this is a must for your library. It's the standard prayer book with all the services you know and love, but with a wonderful new twist of language. In the translation for today's church, the feeling has come back to all the words we say without thinking. For example, in the Lord's prayer "our Father" becomes "Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver, Source of all that is and thiat shall be, Father and Mother of us all..." What could more inclusively capture a glimpse of the Living God?
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Roberta L. Dunn on December 29, 2001
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The New Zealand Prayer Book is one of the easiest to use prayer books in my library. It has marks of creativity that open up prayer. Out of the 3 or 4 prayer books I have, this one is the most flexible and useful. I combine it with daily scripture reading from The Chalice Hymnal and the Revised Common Lectionary. This prayer book keeps me balanced and regular - more so than others I have.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. Schneider on May 13, 2007
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The language is fresh and really makes the Book of Common Prayer come alive. Even though it is written for the New Zealand Church and I am American, I find it very useful with extremely beautiful wording. I love how the words, "Eternal Spirit, Living God" is used. In the evening prayers, one of the prayers is:

Eternal Spirit, living God,

in whom we live and move and have our being,

all that we are, have been, and shall be is known to you,

to the very secret of our hearts

and all that rises to trouble us.

Living flame, burn into us,

Cleansing wind, blow through us,

fountain of water, well up within us,

that we may love and prase in deed and in truth.

Simply beautiful! Buy it, you won't regret it.
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