Faith Improvised

A Book of Prayers came in the mail the other day from IVP.  Their new catalog has some excellent new and forthcoming items in it, but this one especially caught my eye and I was happy to get my hands on it.


If prayer is our conscious and intentional engagement with God, and if Scripture contains a wide range of prayers, then our praying can at times be spontaneous and at others, more considered.  I have come to appreciate very much various prayer books that supply thoughtful prayers with wording that is richly and intentionally Scriptural, but also simple.  Such prayers invite consideration and provoke reflection, opening up seriously prayerful experiences.

The author, Arthur Nelson, collected these prayers from five decades in pastoral ministry.  It’s small enough to fit into a handbag or coat pocket and would be useful for moments when just the right words seem impossible to capture.

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