Save Big On Open-Box & Preowned: Buy "Praying Shapes Believing: A Theological Commentary...” from Amazon Warehouse Deals and save 20% off the $32.00 list price. Product is eligible for Amazon's 30-day returns policy and Prime or FREE Shipping. See all Open-Box & Preowned offers from Amazon Warehouse Deals.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Praying Shapes Believing: A Theological Commentary on the Book of Common Prayer Paperback – April 1, 1991
There is a newer edition of this item:
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Mitchell's basic assumption is the old "lex orandi lex credendi" proviso: how we pray influences what we believe. Since the Book of Common Prayer is the center of how Episcopalians corporately pray, it follows that an examination of it can reveal the theology to which it gives rise. Looking at every aspect of the Book of Common Prayer, Mitchell examines the connection between liturgy, scripture, prayer, and theology. The examination is thorough, running through the liturgical calendar, the Great Vigil, baptism, Holy Eucharist, pastoral offices, and ordinations.
In all fairness, two points need to be made. The first is that Mitchell is one of the most uninspiring authors you'll every run across. The topic about which he's writing is interesting, but be prepared to slog through prose whose academic dryness will challenge your determination. Second, Mitchell's examination is broad but not terribly deep. Historical roots of many aspects of the Book of Common Prayer's liturgy are barely tapped. Dom Gregory Dix's wonderful book on liturgy is a good supplement here.
Excellent review and new material
Recommend as a resource for inquirer classes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is wonderful book that opens up the treasures in the Book of Common Prayer.Published 6 months ago by Tom Ketner
Very good book to enhance ones knowledge of all things Episcopal.Published 8 months ago by Maureen M. Cook
Classic commentary on the 1979 BCP which every person who regularly plans Episcopal worship or teaches about it should own.Published 20 months ago by G. Barr