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Prayers for Summertime: A Manual for Prayer (The Divine Hours) Paperback – May 2, 2006
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“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, worldwide but very personal liturgy.”
—Nora Gallagher, beliefnet.com and author of Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith
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"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, worldwide but very personal liturgy."
-Nora Gallagher, "beliefnet.com, and author of "Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith
The third and final 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 third and final book in the set, "Prayers for Springtime, provides prayers, psalms, and readings for this season associated with rebirth. Compact, with deluxe endpapers, it is perfect for those seeking greater spiritual depth. As a contemporary Book of Hours, "The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime heralds a renewal of the tradition of disciplined daily prayer, and gives those already using the first twovolumes the completion they are seeking. With this volume, the series culminates with three prayer manuals encompassing the liturgical and calendar year with the offices for every day.
"From the Hardcover edition.
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However, there are also some negatives for me which will prevent me from buying the other volumes. First, my favorite parts of this book are the parts that come directly from the BCP, which makes this one unnecessary now that I understand how the devotions in the BCP work, especially since I usually did not enjoy the additions such as the hymns. Second, she has many short sections of Psalms in each prayer instead of one longer section, which tends to make it feel choppy and disruptive as I'm trying to pray. For instance, I just counted, and one section has 11 different pieces to pray for the Vesper Office. Again, it's not the amount but the choppiness that bothered me. And third, although longer sections of the Psalms are included each day, they do not seem to follow the daily office lectionary, though it's hard to tell since the Kindle version doesn't include the dates; I can't tell if the Psalms are systematically read or not.
In the end, I prefer using the daily devotions, weekly collect, and Bible reading from the BCP rather than The Divine Hours. I didn't even make it all the way through this book. However, it might be just the thing for those who want a hymn added, who aren't concerned about the Psalms matching the daily office lectionary, and who don't mind the choppiness of multiple short readings.
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.