Released concurrently with Brian McLaren's series introduction, Robert Benson's In Constant Prayer explores the ancient practice of fixed-hour prayer, a structure for our lives where we can live in continuous awareness of God's presence and reality. This classic discipline of praying at fixed times during the day and night has transformed the lives of millions around the world. Learn what the apostle Paul meant when he encouraged the Thessalonian church to "pray without ceasing, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
While the first section of the book speaks directly about the basics of the Divine Office, Liturgy of the Hours (or however your community names the practice of fixed hour prayer), overall the book treats the nitty gritty of getting down to a daily practice, with reflection that could apply to any form of prayer. That disappointed me, but it's still an excellent listen.
Ecumenical, accessible, humble, humourous, written, as Benson says, by a poet-storyteller rather than a theologian, it's a blend of the traditional with post-modern "emerging" approaches to prayer. This is very well narrated and the writing suits audio format (It gets a bit chatty in the mid section, though).
Benson does demonstrate his love for the Divine Office through his anecdotes and even wonders wheteher fixed hour prayer is a necessary part of sustaining the Church in the world.
This would appeal to those who enjoy folks like Kathleen Norris or Phyllis Tickle, but at just over 3 hours, it's worth taking a chance on no matter your taste - Even if you're not interested in fixed hour prayer, it's an excellent, easy, spiritual listen that can put a smile on your face.
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