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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Prayer in a Workaday World


Arthur Middleton: Go here to buy it!!!!

Real prayer consists of three essential constituents - oral or bodily prayer, prayer of the mind and prayer of the heart or 'of the mind in the heart', and if one or the other constituent is absent it is not prayer at all. This book is not just about theory it is also about the practicalities of prayer. The author's concern is to help people discover their rule of prayer in a way of living where contemplation and action harmonize so that they can 'pray without ceasing' in a busy world.

0 85244 677 2 216 pages £9.99

Here is what Bishop Geoffrey Rowell had to say:

As an experienced retreat conductor and spiritual guide over many years, Arthur Middleton brings out of his treasury things old and new,and it is a welcome relief to read a book on Christian praying so rooted in the Christian tradition - the Fathers, the great spiritual writers of the Middle Ages, the Anglican seventeenth-century divines and the Tractarians and their successors - and which is yet so properly practical as to how to go about the business of praying, both personally and corporately. Arthur Middleton's gift of writing with exemplary lucidity and theological profundity has served him well in what he has offered to us in this book.


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