Common Prayer: A book to renew your spirit…

The other day I picked up Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro. I often find it difficult to find appropriate devotional material. This book, while not a standard devotional book, lends itself well to use as a daily devotional. It is divided into several sections, including Morning Prayer, Midday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Occasional Prayers. The section of Morning Prayer is a daily liturgical reading. Like many books of common prayer, the Morning Prayer is a concise worship service. The daily pattern of reading prayers three times a day has been very uplifting; it feels as though you are praying alongside a congregation. My spirit feels renewed to know that I am praying alongside others uttering the same words. If you are looking for something new for your devotional life, I highly recommend this book. The only drawback is the size of the book—it is close to six hundred pages, so it is not exactly mobile. Amazon does offer an electronic version of the book through Kindle and if you travel often I can see this as a worthwhile alternative to the paper version. I invite you to pray alongside me and many others with Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals; I know your spirit will be renewed by the experience.

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