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Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann Paperback – December 30, 2002
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About the Author
Editor Edward Searcy is pastor of University Hill Congregation in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Lately, in his OT Survey, I wrote a few snatches of his opening addresses to: "You, You, You giver of Life; You who are the One Sovereign Judge, King, Lawyer, Counselor...O God as we watch powers rise and fall, We watch ourselves, we watch and see the World. You who comes late and sometimes soon... Come quickly Lord Jesus!"
My thoughts often return to his opening prayers in every class. My wish for all of last year: "Why does not someone publish them?" So now we have many of them. From 1976: "You are the voice we can scarely hear..." From 1992, "Healing sovereign God, overmatch our resistant ears..." How many sparkling ways that he creatively addresses the Living Personal God! In these few weeks I have used this Jewel of Prayers, I have been particularly struck by the first group: "And then you; You...and therefore us; For how you hope; The other side of the street; Our true home." The second section that I have re-read is "A people with many secrets," and the 11th one, "The God we would rather have."
Dedicated to "a long stream of treasured colleagues of 25 years at Eden Theological Seminary and 17 years at Columbia...with thanks and appreciation." When I purchased this treasure in the School's Book Store, I first saw it in the hands of one of his friends from the Seminary Offices. Now the one who prays to the "Liberator, Redeemer, Emancipator..." will continue to be the one I know who includes his students in his caring compassion!
Retired Chaplain Fred W Hood
Brueggemann spent over 40 years as a teacher, first at Eden Seminary and then at Columbia Seminary, and it was his standard practice to begin each class with prayer (those untutored to the ways of seminary might be surprised to learn that this is not always a standard practice - my personal experience is that it occurs about 50% of the time). Brueggemann's prayers are both timely and timeless - they tap into the eternal elements of divine-human communication, but also express care and concern for current situation in which students, faculty, staff and the world find themselves. According to the editors, his prayers are 'subtle, surprising and daring, gentle and dread-filled [and] echo the poetic speech of the psalms and of the prophets.' As for Brueggemann himself, he states that to put such a collection together in print needs some justification, and he gives two - that much of prayer is 'careless and slovenly, and that what passes for spontaneity is in fact lack of preparation.' He also sees this collection as 'an act of gratitude', toward students, colleagues, and toward God.Read more ›
You will find, as I did, that he is a man who believes that God spoke and continues to speak. He is a man of the Word.
His prayers challenge, confront and comfort. They challenge us to listen for God's word to us - today, in our world. His prayers confront our hardness of heart and our complacency. Ultimately, Brueggemann's words comfort us by illuminating the steadfast faithfulness of God love for struggling people.
"Our lives are occupied territory... occupied by a cacophony of voices, and the din undoes us. In the daytime we have no time to listen, beset as we are by anxiety and goals and assignments and work, and in the night the voices are so confusing we can hardly sort out what could possibly be your voice from the voice of our mothers and fathers and our best friends and our pet projects, because they all sound so much like You. So give us ears. Amen."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book of prayers! Just reading the forward to the book is so very rich as are the prayers. They are so thought provoking. Read morePublished 5 days ago by JAV
When I bought this book years ago, I had the opportunity to talk with Walter Bruggemann about writing sermons and rayers and he said that he found it more work to write a prayer... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting book of poems..Sometimes got to work through the bones and the fat to get to the meatPublished 6 months ago by Fresh Gresh
Inspiring. True to Brueggman level and depth of spirituality.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a very thoughtful and inspirational collection of prayers that encompasses the love of God and Jesus, and how our lives are impacted by them. Read morePublished 11 months ago by owl lady
This has become my favorite book of prayers. Selected prayers from years of beginning classes with a meaningful prayer. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jack
An absolutely beautiful book of prayers. Perfect for personal devotions as well as for use in worship.Published 17 months ago by Roberta B. Baker
One cannot say enough about the wisdom of Dr. Brueggemann. He is a hero of the faith for me, and his prayers elicit deep response not only from me, but from those with whom I... Read morePublished 19 months ago by J Melnyk