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Sacramental Life: Spiritual Formation Through the Book of Common Prayer Paperback – August 28, 2008
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"In this innovative and engaging resource David deSilva invites you in to a new way of being spiritually formed through an old book that has shaped thousands of disciples through the years." (www.wfn.org, June 2009)
"Sacramental Life is a fine exposition of the central sacramental experiences as found in the Book of Common Prayer, 1979 edition." (Harry S., Book Bargains and Previews (bookbargainsandpreviews.com), June 2009)
"First, deSilva does an unusually good job of communicating well and concisely. This, couple with the equally unusual feat of suggesting helpful practices at the end of each chapter makes this volume a great book to use in a small group or individual setting. The chapters are short, which make it a great daily read, and with 45 chapters, it is a great discipline for about a month and a half. If you know people who are curious about the Book of Common Prayer but altogether unfamiliar with it, this would be a decent place for them to start." (Kyle Strobel, Theology Forum (theologyforum.wordpress.com), March 24, 2009)
"Sacramental Life bridges the gap between the Book of Common Prayer and daily life, making a helpful and substantial contribution to the ever-increasing number of pilgrims who desire a meaningful life with the prayer book." (Julie Lane-Gay, Christian Century, March 24, 2009)
"The chapters in this book are short, and each has a section at the end titled "putting it into practice" giving an invitation to meditate on the material just read and to act on it." (Rachel Wheeler, The Lamplighter, February 2009)
"A must-read for anyone who worships in a liturgical church, but will be edifying for Christians from any background. It is well suited for either individual or group study." (James R. Hamrick, Bible Study Magazine, January/February 2009)
"There is much to glean from deSilva's book. The practical applications are especially helpful. Some of them are tangible expressions that could serve as powerful object lessons in a pastoral setting." (Trevin Wax, Discerning Reader (www.discerningreader.com), December 16, 2008)
"Here liturgy is directly connected to our spiritual vitality, individually and communally. I can imagine this book not only being profitiable for individual spiritual growth, but any one of its four parts would form a useful resource for a study and reflection group." (Liturgy (www.liturgy.co.nz), November 7, 2008)
"Finally, there is a book that allows a breath of fresh air into the past and present. Trustworthy in intellect and inventive in practice." (Worship Leader, October 2008)
"In an age when Protestants are recovering . . . disciplines [like] fixed-hour prayer . . . it's refreshing to have a book that invites readers to discover relatively ordinary rituals." (Publishers Weekly, July 14, 2008)
"[Sacramental Life is] written with pastoral sensitivity, and with the aim to enrich our prayer and devotional life. I heartily commend this book. It will bless your soul and energize your spiritual practices through the aid of one of the richest of all sources--the Book of Common Prayer." (Dr. Ben Witherington III, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary)
"David deSilva's Sacramental Life takes readers on a spiritual journey through the sacraments of life and new life in Christ. Grounded in careful theology and Scripture, the book is richly devotional and full of wise spiritual counsel and direction. In addition to being of great benefit to more mature Christians (especially Episcopalians and Anglicans), the book could be well used with new or inquiring church members who wish to understand and grow in their faith and devotion." (The Rt. Rev. Dr. Frederick Borsch, retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles)
"David deSilva has given us a wonderful guide to spiritual development and sustenance in this book. I love the way he ties in our individual spiritual reflection with the cadences of the Book of Common Prayer and the church's liturgical life. Here is a book that moves from the gathered congregation to the individual believer and back again in a way that is not only helpful, engaging, but also faithful." (William H. Willimon, coauthor of Resident Aliens and Bishop of The United Methodist Church)
"Sacramental Life takes the Anglican Book of Common Prayer as its focal point. From this vantage point it invites us on a journey into the various and varied aspects of human experience, giving guidance and counsel for our formation into Christlikeness along the way. For all, and especially those with a liturgical interest, it offers expert guidance and wise counsel." (Richard J. Foster, founder of Renovaré and author of Celebration of Discipline and Streams of Living Water)
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DeSilva was a member of the Episcopal Church for twenty-four years. He is ordained as a pastor in the United Methodist Church, which he describes as a daughter denomination of the Anglican Communion. He and his wife, Donna Jean, are also both on the staff of Christ United Methodist Church. His academic and pastoral experience clearly combines in this book.
DaSilva commences his book by describing the many who assume that he left the Episcopal Church in rebellion against the sterility of its liturgical tradition. "Nothing could be further from the truth", he says. "I am a person of faith today precisely because the liturgies of the Book of Common Prayer gave me a language and a context for encountering God in my youth that continues to be the essential vehicles for my own spiritual formation".
His book focuses on four liturgical rites: baptism, Eucharist, marriage and burial. Each section explores the prayers, liturgies and Scripture readings of the Book of Common Prayer. Each chapter concludes with "putting it into practice" - applying the ideas through spiritual practice.
I have often explored the increasing interest in liturgy growing in protestant and evangelical contexts that, not so long ago, held the presuppositions of liturgy being sterile as described above.Read more ›
Reviewed by Mark Eckel, Director, Mahseh Center, Lake Bruce, IN
From time to time during my professorial days at Moody Bible Institute, I would attend an Episcopalian church close by my house. I did this because I felt like such a sinner taking communion there. In that denomination partaking of the bread and wine is a very kinesthetic experience (e.g. physical movement is required). One had to stand and walk down the middle aisle in front of everyone. Kneeling at the altar, the sacraments were given to you by another without your help. Returning to my seat, the thought repetitiously came to my mind, "I am a sinner saved by grace. I am a sinner saved by grace. I am a sinner..." Often I would stop after the first four words. Physical activity dictated that I be physically, visibly reminded of my status before God. Most Evangelicals have an autonomous, individualistic approach to communion: we take the elements ourselves as they are passed. I need the bodily movement to remind me that I do nothing of myself without His aid.
And so deSilva, "We might like to think of ourselves as our own masters, which is prized among our cultural ideals . . . we seek to preserve the illusion of running our own show" (53). What is so profound about Sacramental Life is just that kind of direct application. deSilva hits me where I live with words from The Book of Common Prayer impacting every movement of life.
Relevance to daily living is consistently tactile, including touch (37), taste (82), and smell (47).Read more ›
Sacramental Life uses the liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer as the framework for deSilva's exegesis and exposition on these four sacramental acts (Baptism, Eucharist, Marriage, and Burial). I'm sure there are many Christians unfamiliar with the Book of Common Prayer, especially those Christians who are outside the Protestant tradition and many inside the Protestant tradition who come from non-liturgical denominations. I was only recently introduced to the Book of Common Prayer (about seven years ago), and I've been a Christian all my life... at least as long as I can remember. Regardless of what your background or faith tradition is, there is much that can be gleaned from this wonderful treatment of these aforementioned sacraments.
The outline and form of the book is rather straight-forward with these sacraments forming four major sections of the book. Each section is comprised of multiple chapters that drill deeper into the mystery of what each sacrament represents. deSilva also shares practical applications for how we, as practicing believers, might fully engage and be formed by observing and practicing the sacraments.Read more ›
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If you are a Protestant Christian looking for a guide to how to explain the sacraments, this might be helpful. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Codefro
For Christians who are familiar with the Book of Common Prayer, this is a good resource for understanding how the BCP can be a tool in moving toward Spiritual Transformation.Published on November 15, 2013 by david monroe
If you're curious about the Book of Common Prayer, and how this seemingly complicated collection of prayers, liturgies, and lectionary can be applied practically to daily life,... Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by albert l adams
I cannot say enough about this superior devotional resouce! As one who loves the richness of The Book of Common Prayer, I was absolutely amazed at the depth on insight Brother... Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by breck101
As an Anglican priest who uses the Book of Common Prayer daily, I expected Sacramental Life to be a sort of refresher and overview of the spirituality of Anglicanism; what I... Read morePublished on February 1, 2011 by Craig Stephans
If you have ever wished your experience of communion was deeper and more meaningful, this book is for you. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by Lori S
David DeSilva presents a thoughtful and reflective account of the rich applications that the Book of Common Prayer has for our daily spiritual formation in Sacramental Life:... Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by TT
As what happens so many times an instructor comes into the room and says, you need to get this book??? I have always turned to amazon for the best results when I am in need. Read morePublished on April 16, 2009 by Scott E. Williams