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2 Stars Out Of 5
It's not terrible.
April 20, 2011
I got a book called "In Constant Prayer" by Robert Benson from booksneeze.com for review purposes. When I signed up to get this book, I was really excited. The reviews I had read on it were good and it seemed like something that I would really enjoy and get alot out of. When I recieved it, I was still excited...until I started reading it. It is written from a Catholic world view, while I am Protestant. This is not really a huge deal, I was just suprised by it and decided to give the book a chance anyway. I would probably recommend this to someone who is familiar with Catholic terms, but I however, am not. It was a difficult read because of this, as I am not really familiar with Catholic traditions and whatnot. There is a nice little glossary in the back of the book, which helps, but I just couldn't focus well enough on it because I kept feeling like the book was not meant for me. There is also a study guide in the back and I could see a Sunday School class going through this book. Honestly, this book just wasn't for me, but I still think it is overall a good book.
In constant Prayer by Robert Benson is part of a series called The Ancient Practices Series. Benson begins his conversation on prayer with a background in how prayer developed, why prayer rituals were the way they were, and how things changed in the western world. Benson relays this story " 'the liturgy is not for you, Bill', the pastor told him. 'It is for God. On Sunday, or job is to put on the best possible show for God that we know how to do. We are doing so in the way that God's people have always done it. If you get something out of it, Bill, that's fine. But if you do not, then that is okay too. It isn't even for you.' " Benson also discusses how in this "me society" we often focus our prayers on just that, me. Benson discusses personal prayer, corporate prayer, and community prayer. Over all, this book seemed to me to be a continuation of a conversation, but not anything new. Personally, I had a really hard time reading this book. I could not focus on the words and read the first chapters over and over. When reading non-fiction books I try to gather statements to apply to my life. As a Christian, I think that my prayer life is an area I can always grow in and develop. This book is not helpful in that endeavor to me.