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In Constant Prayer (The Ancient Practices) [Hardcover]

By Robert Benson (Author)
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Explores the ancient practice of fixed-hour prayer, demonstrating that every person has time to pray at fixed times during the day and teaching how to pray as the apostles did.

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What does it mean to pray without ceasing? Is it really that important to pray as the early Christians did?

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."

The Ancient Practices is a new eight-book series from Thomas Nelson Publishers, with staggered releases on individual titles through February 2010. Though various books have covered some of these spiritual disciplines, there has never been an attempt at a definitive series until now. Immensely compelling and readable, each classic book will feature a foreword by Phyllis Tickle.

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 5.68" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   0.69 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 6, 2008
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
Series  Ancient Practices  
Series Number  2  
ISBN  0849901138  
ISBN13  9780849901133  
UPC  023755026828  


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What does it mean to pray without ceasing? Is it really that important to pray as the early Christians did?

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."

The Ancient Practices is a new eight-book series from Thomas Nelson Publishers, with staggered releases on individual titles through February 2010. Though various books have covered some of these spiritual disciplines, there has never been an attempt at a definitive series until now. Immensely compelling and readable, each classic book will feature a foreword by Phyllis Tickle.



More About Robert Benson

Robert Benson is the author of numerous books, including The Echo Within, Digging In, and Home by Another Way. A retreat leader, Benson writes and speaks often on the life of prayer and contemplation, the practice of faith and spirituality, and the art and craft of writing. He is a graduate of and served as an adjunct faculty member for the Academy for Spiritual Formation, a program of The Upper Room. He is married to the literary agent Sara Fortenberry. Benson lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and he dances on the head of a pen every day no matter where he happens to be.

Robert Benson currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee.
Robert Benson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Ancient Practices


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Good, but not convincing.  Feb 16, 2011
In Constant Prayer was something new for me to read. I enjoy non-fiction but read primarily fiction. This book basically turns the clock back to early A.D. and makes the case that “The Daily Office of Prayer” may well be worth incorporating into your daily life. The Office was not something I was acquainted with previously so I got out my pencil and paper and started to pay attention. The case Mr. Benson weaves for his belief in the power of the Daily Office is if nothing else, intellectually interesting. He cites the New Testament believers as well as the more liturgical denominations and groups, such as Episcopalians or Catholics. He believes that their more formal and rote operations may indeed not be a bad thing. But be something to emulate in prayer.

The Daily Office of prayer requires praying certain prayers at certain times of the day. Example prayers were included at the end of the book and they were indeed useful for a personal reference on what was being discussed. Overall, I didn’t find the books’ message very compelling, but an interesting read. If you are interested in the idea of The Daily Office then I’d say read the book if only to learn. If not, it probably won’t convince you otherwise.
 
Good, but not convincing.  Feb 16, 2011
In Constant Prayer was something new for me to read. I enjoy non-fiction but read primarily fiction. This book basically turns the clock back to early A.D. and makes the case that “The Daily Office of Prayer” may well be worth incorporating into your daily life. The Office was not something I was acquainted with previously so I got out my pencil and paper and started to pay attention. The case Mr. Benson weaves for his belief in the power of the Daily Office is if nothing else, intellectually interesting. He cites the New Testament believers as well as the more liturgical denominations and groups, such as Episcopalians or Catholics. He believes that their more formal and rote operations may indeed not be a bad thing. But be something to emulate in prayer. The Daily Office of prayer requires praying certain prayers at certain times of the day. Example prayers were included at the end of the book and they were indeed useful for a personal reference on what was being discussed. Overall, I didn’t find the books’ message very compelling, but an interesting read. If you are interested in the idea of The Daily Office then I’d say read the book if only to learn. If not, it probably won’t convince you otherwise.
 
Thoughtfully presents prayer as a way of life  Apr 7, 2010
This is a thoughtful book that will very likely leave an imprint on the life of the reader. Robert Benson presents the practice of "praying the office" as a way of life. He orients the reader to the origins, history, and significance of the practice, and also tells of his personal experience with it. Of particular significance to me is the observation that when one engages in this kind of prayer, one adds his voice to the voices of those all over the world and throughout time who have prayed, do pray, and will pray the office. You will recommend "In Constant Prayer" to others.
 
Great Introduction to Praying the Hours  Feb 2, 2010
Do you pray the hours? I can't say that I do. But that doesn't mean that I'm not fascinated by the practice itself, believing that the discipline of praying at appointed times and the benefit of reciting well composed, theologically sound, and carefully crafted prayers can immensely further spiritual growth. I never have given much thought to taking up the practice of praying the hours until I read Robert Benson's In Constant Prayer, another volume in The Ancient Practices Series. But now I've been challenged to consider it very seriously.

With delightful prose, Benson describes the daily office. He plainly tells us about the church's tradition of faithfully praying together, whether gathered or apart, at appointed times and hours. He tells us how we are able to grow by disciplining ourselves to pray at designated moments, noting the subtle intersection between the daily and the divine. And all along he adds color to his discussion of how and why we pray the words given to us at a common hour by telling delightful stories from his experiences as a writer, a speaker, and a friend.

Some of you might be wondering, what is the daily office? In common usage, praying the daily office simply means to pray at appointed times of day. In many prayer books, these appointed times are Morning Prayer, Noontime Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline Prayer (Bed-time). These prayers normally take a certain shape, beginning with a call to prayer, followed by a psalm of invitation (such as Psalm 95 or Psalm 121). This is then followed by a collect, or gathering prayer. Then a canticle, or a hymn of praise is read, then an appointed psalm or psalms. Then there is the reading of Scripture, followed by a response, then the prayers of the people, confessions of sin, and finally a blessing to bring this time to a close.

Some of you may be thinking that this would take forever. Benson notes that it normally doesn't take that long at all. In fact, he's found it only takes about 12 minutes. That isn't that long to pause, read Scripture, and be in God's presence.

Benson's book provides many more details about the daily office that are illuminating. He also notes a number of resources that can help one establish this pattern of prayer in one's life.

How has this book impacted my own spiritual journey? First, I have a deeper understanding of the daily office, and how might one go about taking up that practice. Second, I have taken up a copy of The Book of Common Prayer and have used it from time to time to guide my prayer life. And thirdly, I've been challenged as a writer. Benson is delightful to read. Of the books I've read on spiritual practices as of late, this one has been the best.
 
Good but theoretical more than practical  Jan 16, 2010
I liked this book. It was a good description of what Fixed Hour Prayers are and why you would want to do them and the background of how the author became involved with them. But as with all the rest of the Ancient Practice Series, it was almost entirely theoretical. If I am reading about Fixed Hour Prayer (and the audience is fairly Evangelical, non-liturgical in most cases) then I think there should have been more practical advice about how to do fixed hour prayers. I would still recommend the book, but just know that there isn't much practical in it.
 
Great writer!  Jul 20, 2009
Robert Benson is a tremendous writer. This is an excellent treatise on the value and practice of praying the daily office. He is a very warm, engaging writer that strikes a chord with the reader's thought and emotions. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in a deeper contemplative spiritual life and commitment to fixed-hour prayer.
 
Made a believer out of me  Jun 23, 2009
I've struggled with finding a way to make daily prayer part of my life for a long time. Maybe it is just all in the timing; but Robert Benson's gently written exhortation to become part of the prayer of Christ's body in the world moved me to try one more time. He makes the case and still leaves room for our human foibles and failures: self-centeredness, lack of discipline, and myriad excuses. This book was a life-changer for me, and my bet is that it will be for many others.
 

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