The Praying Life: Seeking God in All Things
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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Ways of Praying
Be of Few Words Her Majestys War on Verbosity
How I Pray Now Sometimes No Words at All
New Wine Praying the Scriptures
To Dee with the Eyes of the Heart
Becoming Like Children
The Examen Reexamined
Grief on Ice
No Greater Love Reclaiming Christian Friendship
Of Woodstoves Burnout and the Living Flame of Love
Sparks Among the Stubble You Can Catch Fire
Touched by God
Nursing Home Visit
Broken Pieces In the Fractioning We Are Made Whole
Do You want to Be Healed?
Wounded and Healed
Vine and Branches Abiding in Christ