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About the Author
Robert Benson is an acclaimed author and retreat leader who writes and speaks on the art and the practicality of living a more contemplative and prayerful life in the modern world. He has published more than a dozen books about the search for and the discovery of the sacred in the midst of our everyday lives. His works include Between the Dreaming and the Coming True, Living Prayer and Digging In: Tending to Life in Your Own Backyard. His writing ranges from books on prayer and spirituality to travel and gardening to baseball and the Rule of St. Benedict. Benson's writing has been critically acclaimed in publications from the New York Times to USA Today toSpirituality & Health to the American Benedictine Review. He is an alumnus of The Academy for Spiritual Formation, a member of The Friends of Silence & of the Poor, and was recently named a Living Spiritual Teacher by Spirituality&Practice.com.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 354 KB
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (Dec 27 2010)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 177 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B007V9146W
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0849946034
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- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Screen Reader : Supported
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The author discusses the ancient practice of fixed hour prayer, also known as liturgy of the hours, divine hours, or divine office. Benson gives a thorough overview of how this daily rhythm of prayer was practiced from the time of Christ and carried on into the early church up until recently.
Robert Benson states "It is worth noting, I believe that this tradition of daily prayer is one of the practices our modern Church does not do that the ancient Church did. We preach sermons, study the Scriptures, gather to worship on the Sabbath, teach our children the faith, and fellowship with one another-but we do not say our prayers." (pg 63).
This book discusses the affects of prayer and Benson shares poignant examples from his life and others. It is not a "how to" but does include one example and a brief explanation of what part of an "office" is.
Benson brings out a few points in his gentle way that challenges the reader. On page 66 he states, "Of course, I personally would rather just talk to God when I want to, remind God of the things that personally matter to me the most, and then get on with the real world..."
He closes the book with the comment, "The life of faith is not about things we understand; it is about things we believe. It is less about the things we can know about God and more about the things that draw us to God." (pg 150)
This book whets your soul for more and Benson includes an appendix with additional resources that will aid in the "how to".
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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I first read this book almost two years ago in preparation for a class I was I was teaching on prayer. At the time I was quickly going through several books on prayer trying to get a firm grasp on something that for most seems to be a "no brainer." I mean, who needs a class on prayer, right? Just do it.
But the book In Constant Prayer is an introduction for those who are unfamiliar with the praying of the hours or the daily office. And for most, praying at 3 "set times" during the day (sometimes 4) can be a little daunting. I think the average Christian would rather pray whenever they feel led, or before meals. But Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to "pray without ceasing." How do we do that?
For one, allowing prayer times to govern your life, sets the focus on God during your day, rather than just praying when "you need to." Second, praying the office frees up the individual to pray the scriptures by putting the words directly in front of you. With the daily office there is no pauses or fumbling over what to say. Third, praying the office gets you into a rhythm of prayer and before long you begin to notice that you look forward to it and you arrange the other things in your life around it.
I think this book is for anyone who wishes to deepen their prayer life and is open to experiencing the rich church heritage we have in fixed hour prayer.