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Common Prayer Pocket Edition: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals Paperback – February 11, 2012
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As other reviewers have noted (somewhat angrily) this book is not The Book of Common Prayer. Anyone who has read the product description, though, is already aware of this. It has many characteristics of The Book of Common Prayer though. There are outlines for Evening and Noonday prayer, but rather than having a simple rubric for Morning Prayer the book is filled with individual devotionals for each day of the year. So, for those who are familiar with both the Anglican Book of Common Prayer and those evangelical devotionals with a thought/meditation/prayer/reading/all-or-some-of-the-above, it might be helpful to think of this as something in between.
Perhaps it is not fair of me to write this review as I have certainly not read the entirety of the book (and I probably won't be done until a year from now--that's how the book works), but I will do my best to provide a review of what I have read of it.
The introduction is pretty good. It won't provide the depth of history behind liturgy that people who have already fallen in love with, studied, and practice liturgy would like. It is exactly what it claims to be--an introduction and nothing more. It seems that the intended audience is more those that are unfamiliar with liturgy than those who are familiar with it.Read more ›
If there is anything that the New Monastics gravitate toward in a sympathetic impulse that may be just beyond the reach of their own self-awareness is the ability to tell stories and to find in them the meaningful and hearty grist from the mill of life. I think most folks involved with this ancient and contemporary call are aware of how much "story" is vital in their lives, I just don't know if most of them know how good they are at telling them.
This prayerbook has the feel of a family gathering. This is a "sit on the porch and get ready to talk to and about God and all of the folks He has worked into His story over the millennia.". Don't get me wrong. There is no dumbing down of the spiritual dilemma or of the complexity of understanding the pre-existent nature of the eternal logos hypostatically conjoined. It is just that this is a prayerbook that helps you feel at ease with our spiritual formation in Jesus.
First, it is simple. We start out with a sensational discussion of liturgy and the traditional pieces of worship that so many folks know that they have heard about, but just don't know much about. It let's us in on some of the mystery behind liturgical worship, the church and the saints. There is a brief description of the daily services.
From there we move out into a simple set of prayers designed for evening. The prayers are not huge and cumbersome (trust me - after twenty five years in the Orthodox Church I know cumbersome) but simple and freeing. They are moored to the holiest of traditions throughout church history and prayer writing - they are moored to scriptural prayer.Read more ›
I enjoy the Morning, Mid-day, and Evening setup. It allows you to start your day with good prayer, good Word, and some thoughts to roll over in your mind for the day that stem from a multitude of traditions. I've been pleased to read quotes from Church Fathers all the way to modern missionaries. I've found that taking the Mid-day prayer at my lunch break has made my workday much more (only word I can think of to put here is 'beautiful'). And the Evening prayer helps me to go to bed on a good note no matter what. I also enjoy the 'Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers' ideas at the end of each month with ways to put the faith into practice.
I like the inclusion of the Occasional Prayers, especially the adoption prayer.
My only concern is the Songbook doesn't include complete lyrics.Read more ›
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I love the focus... service, missions, humility, Christ centered liturgy. Thanks.Published 2 months ago by Servant
A well organized prayer guide. I like the diversity of resources reflected in this volume. It is my first attempt to pray the hours and I have found this to be a helpful and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gerald Hutchinson
For someone who craves liturgy as much as I do, reading this little book of common prayer is like biting into my favorite food, soul food. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sara Jolley
This guide to daily prayer has beautiful language that doesn't put you to sleep, but wakens you to the Spirit's nudging, day by day.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
This resource is accessible to those of liturgical traditions, non-liturgical traditions, and even those with no tradition. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Arryk
It's a bit difficult to read on Kindle, unfortunately. But I enjoyed this as a very different approach to devotionals. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LME
Great book, however it is missing links within itself to individual songs, etc.Published 6 months ago by Richard Cassidy