This thoughtful collection of prayers emerged from Brueggemann's thirty-five years of teaching in seminaries. Full of reflection, faith, and dialogue, they reveal another side of this gifted author from what his many readers are accustomed to. These deeply felt and sparklingly articulated prayers reflect a wide range of life experiences. As readers, we are taken from the depths of pain and loss to the heights of joy and praise. The author takes on life in its fullest as he utters his praise and lament, petition and thanksgiving. Brueggemann's prayers lead us to deeper commitment, deeper faith, and deeper reflection. The volume also includes an index of biblical allusions that will be useful for preachers as well as the general reader looking for the biblical roots of these fears, hopes, struggles, and aspirations.
A collection of startlingly fresh and meaningful prayers, from Walter Brueggemann, a leading Christian thinker and scholar.
Brueggemann (Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA) is a
classic in his own right. His Theology of the Old Testament is widely read in
many seminaries, and his Old Testament studies and original theology are
closely followed. This is the first collection of his original prayers, and as
such it is likely to be as attentively read as his previous works.
Brueggmann's keen and sensitive intelligence is not best displayed here, and
his ear for language in these prayers, typographically set out as though they
were poems, is better than tin but not golden. Still, these prayers are the
sincere outpourings of a man of deep faith, and his theology in them is of a
piece with that in his earlier celebrated works. For most collections.
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Walter Brueggemann, whose thoughtful and reflective works on the Hebrew Bible
have ensured that the term "Old Testament theologian" is not an oxymoron,
offers distilled wisdom from his 35 years of teaching in Awed to Heaven,
Rooted to Earth. At the seminaries where he has taught, professors
traditionally open their classes with prayer-a practice that for some might
devolve into a quick nod to convention, but Brueggemann has always presented
the opportunity to involve students more intimately in the assigned biblical
texts. This marvelous little book of Brueggemann's start-of-class prayers will
have readers cheering, especially when he writes that "much public prayer in
the church is careless and slovenly, and... what passes for spontaneity is in
fact a lack of preparation." Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.