The Praying Life: Seeking God in All Things

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Church Publishing, Inc., 2003 - 116 pages

Nothing is more remarkable--or more beautiful--than an ordinary life, quietly transformed by prayer. This is the life that Deborah Smith Douglas chronicles--and invites readers into--in her lovely collection of essays and poems. Drawing from events as simple as breakfast with her five-year-old daughter or waiting in line at the post office, Douglas shows how a loving relationship with God can be nurtured in small ways every day. "Without my ever really intending it," she writes, "my own life--as a wife and mother, daughter and friend--has taught me to see God hidden in the ordinary, to watch for God under the surface of things as a fisherman watches for fish."

Woven into each of these pieces, along with reflections on the author's experiences, are guidelines for readers watching for God in their own unique--and ordinary--lives. Divided into four sections--Ways of Praying, Healing, Spiritual Companionship, and Fruitfulness--The Praying Life will help Christians move from awareness of God's presence in their lives to a deep participation in God's love.

 

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Contents

Ways of Praying
1
Be of Few Words Her Majestys War on Verbosity
3
How I Pray Now Sometimes No Words at All
7
New Wine Praying the Scriptures
12
To Dee with the Eyes of the Heart
18
Becoming Like Children
24
The Examen Reexamined
29
Healing
37
Grief on Ice
62
Spiritual Companionship
65
No Greater Love Reclaiming Christian Friendship
67
Detween Friends
80
Angels
81
Fruitfulness
85
Of Woodstoves Burnout and the Living Flame of Love
87
Sparks Among the Stubble You Can Catch Fire
95

Touched by God
39
Nursing Home Visit
43
Broken Pieces In the Fractioning We Are Made Whole
44
Do You want to Be Healed?
49
Wounded and Healed
54
Vine and Branches Abiding in Christ
100
Ash Wednesday
107
Notes
108
Source Notes
115
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