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The Divine Hours (Volume One): Prayers for Summertime: A Manual for Prayer [Kindle Edition]

Phyllis Tickle
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Book Description

The first volume in a trilogy of prayer manuals compiled by Publishers Weekly religion editor Phyllis Tickle as a contemporary Book of Hours to guide Christians gently yet authoritatively through the daily offices.

The Divine Hours is the first major literary and liturgical reworking of the sixth-century Benedictine Rule of fixed-hour prayer. This beautifully conceived and thoroughly modern three-volume guide will appeal to the theological novice as well as to the ecclesiastical sophisticate. Making primary use of the Book of Common Prayer and the writings of the Church Fathers, The Divine Hours is also a companion to the New Jerusalem Bible, from which it draws its Scripture readings. The trilogy blends prayer and praise in a way that, while extraordinarily fresh, respects and builds upon the ancient wisdom of Christianity.

The first book in the set, Prayers for Summertime, filled with prayers, psalms, and readings, is one readers will turn to again and again. Compact in size, it is perfect for those seeking greater spiritual depth. As a contemporary Book of Hours, The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime heralds a renewal of the tradition of disciplined daily prayer, and will whet the hunger of a large and eager audience for the follow-up autumn/winter and spring volumes.

Editorial Reviews


The Divine Hours is simply the best book for people who want to work prayer into the fabric of their daily life.”
—Bert Ghezzi, author of Voices of the Saints
“A welcome remedy for the increasing number of lay Christians who have rediscovered the daily offices . . . Tickle puts each day’s prayers, psalms, readings, and refrains—everything you need—in one place . . . The rhythm that Tickle’s book establishes gives one a stronger sense of participating in an ancient, world-wide but very personal liturgy.”
—Nora Gallagher, and author of Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the religion department of Publishers Weekly, is one of the most respected authorities and popular speakers on religion in America today. She is frequently quoted and interviewed both in print media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and Time, and in electronic media, such as CNN, C-SPAN, BBC, and "Voice of America." She appears frequently on the Odyssey Channel and is a regular guest on PBS's "Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly." She is the author of over two dozen books, most recently Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters. She lives in the rural community of Lucy, Tennessee.

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The Divine Hours is a trademark of Tickle, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1584 KB
  • Print Length: 688 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385504764
  • Publisher: Image; Reprint edition (May 2, 2006)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Title. Poor format. March 25, 2011
By Vaughn
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I purchased this because I wanted to replace my bulky hardcovers, which are wonderful means of prayer. One problem. Kindle formaters left out dates included to guide you through the work. It's just prayer after prayer after prayer. I was very excited to find this, but the poor formating make this version less than user friendly.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wished for More! November 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I purchased the Kindle format to be able to use the Divine Hours on my Kindle and smartphone, but was utterly dismayed that--unlike the hardcover copies that I own, use and love--the Kindle version does not include the date headers, which renders this Kindle version virtually useless. Currently, the Kindle version is just a very large and unwieldy succession of prayers. The Kindle format would be more usable if the first prayer of each day (the Morning Office) would be marked with the date in the text, for example "Tuesday--Nearest to July 6". The Kindle version would also be easier to use if the Table of Contents contained links to the first day of the week for each month. I would purchase the Kindle version of all three volumes of the Divine Hours if and when they are published with the correct format.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Dates - Beware July 19, 2012
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I purchased the Kindle version of Phyllis Tickle's great treatise but the formatting had a problem. The dates for the reading were missing. It makes it very difficult to navigate, especially if you miss a day of reading. The Table of Contents has entries for June, for July and for August, but no dates, such as July 19. I started making bookmarks for every day, but that was cumbersome and time consuming. I asked a friend if his Kindle version was similar and he said his includes the dates. I am not sure if I got a bad product or if this particular version is defective. I'd like a refund.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liturgy of the Hours for non-Roman Catholics July 13, 2006
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This book is wonderful and subtle and changes your life!

If the discipline of daily prayer (let alone several times a day!) has ever been a struggle for you then YOU MUST BUY THIS BOOK and the rest of the series!

I cannot even begin to stress the importance of stoppping for a time-out with God four times a day. Ms Tickle has done a terrific job of putting together prayers, hymns and short Bible readings (OT & NT) that will guide and change you. She has managed to compile what we all need in order to put the hurry and worry and stress of life into perspective. It will encourage prayer for self and others and re-focus you on the truly important aspects of life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Aid to Prayer...And Life June 18, 2010
The three volumes of Phyllis Tickle's The Divine Hours--Prayers for Springtime, Prayers for Summertime, and Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime--have guided my prayer life for almost ten years now. Each book is a manual for fixed-hour prayer, which has been practiced by followers of Jesus for centuries. The pattern and many of the prayers themselves are drawn from The Book of Common Prayer, but presented in a much more user-friendly format (and enlivened anew with new material from a wide range of contemplative works, poems, and hymns, such as "Pied Beauty," by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and "Take My Heart," by François Fénelon). It provides daily Morning Prayers, Midday Prayers, Vespers, and in a separate section, Compline, or evening prayers.

I cannot more highly recommend a book, nor a practice than the fixed-hour prayer The Divine Hours aids. Whether you use it four times a day or twice (my practice) or once, it will guide and deepen and inspire your prayer life. It will enable you, as Tickle says, to "pray with the church," the whole church, throughout history and around the world, as you unite with the people of God in praying the prayers of God's people through the centuries. It will plant in you the seeds of a prayer language, a way to express yourself at all times, even when you are praying in the car or in a line at the supermarket. The words, rhythms, cadences, and sentiments of these prayers will sink into your heart and soul and become to you a comfort and a strength. And they will enable you to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17), as you find the words (and perhaps even the tunes, if you learn to chant the prayers) returning to your mind over and over again.

Companion volumes (such as The Night Offices, The Divine Hours Pocket Edition, and a Christmastide volume) are also available, as well as ebook editions (which I use now when traveling).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Prayer Resource June 30, 2006
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Tickle's "The Divine Hours" is a fresh and yet strongly traditional approach to praying the divine hours. Having each of the offices laid out for each day allows the one praying to engage fully in the prayer without the distraction of flipping through a breviary trying to locate which piece belongs to each particular office. In a culture where our time is so often at a real premium, this book makes it much easier to stop at the appointed times, engage in the presence of God, then return to business with a renewed sense of what it means to be a part of the kingdom of God. By praying the hours, as Tickle describes it, we all become a part of the "cascade of prayer" that flows continuously around the globe as the hours are kept by people all over the world.

I have long wanted to find a way to keep the divine hours, and this book is a real treasure in helping make that a reality. Each office offers something new to engage me--a reading, a hymn, or a prayer. The Prayer Appointed for the Week, repeated three times a day for a full week, becomes more than just words addressed to God. It begins to take root in my soul, creating a theme for the week in my own relationship with God.

Thank you to Phyllis Tickle for the work you have done in creating this series!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version hard to follow
I have enjoyed the Divine Hours for years in paperback form. The Kindle edition is a bit of a disappointment. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TNbelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
Much easier to read than I expected. I have used it now for nearly 3 weeks.
Published 5 months ago by Eileen n. Yeates
3.0 out of 5 stars get the hard cover book instead
Needs dates to go along with the prayers. Actual prayer material is good. I do not own the hard copy.
Published 5 months ago by Annaleigh Breeden
5.0 out of 5 stars The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime
Thank you for the rapid delivery of "Prayers for Summertime." As a minister, I find this type book inspirational for addressing my parishioners. Read more
Published 15 months ago by V. E. Olson
1.0 out of 5 stars dates?
Where are the dates? The whole point of this is to pray daily - but without dates this book is just a collection of readings and prayers with no guide when to use them. Read more
Published 16 months ago by mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes Praying the Hours simple
The basic format for Phyllis Tickle's Divine Hours provides a brief individual worship service four times a day -- morning, noon, evening and bedtime. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Judith A. Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is outstanding.
Tickle completely hits the mark for someone who is looking for a manageable daily office that is fairly traditional and totally Christian. Read more
Published 24 months ago by D. C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Father River
This liturgy of the hours is one of the best. It is inclusive, and is relevant to modern times. My hope is all three books will be published on Kindle and all of her works as well.
Published on July 31, 2012 by Fr. River
5.0 out of 5 stars Set Prayer Reader is Excellent
I've long been a fan of Phyllis Tickle's books on set prayer. The Divine Offices are varied, but for many they've served as a faithful way of staying in scripture and prayer on a... Read more
Published on July 3, 2012 by Elliott Pollasch
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
This series is the best I have seen in years. As a pastor I struggle with making time for my own devotions in the midst of a busy church life, and I have found the first volume... Read more
Published on June 8, 2012 by Craig Cowing
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Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the religion department at Publishers Weekly, is one of the most highly respected authorities and popular speakers on religion in America today. She is the author of more than two dozen books including the Divine Hours series of prayer manuals. A lector and lay eucharistic minister in the Episcopal Church, Tickle is a senior fellow of the Cathedral College of Washington National Cathedral. For more information go to and

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