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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Pocket ed edition (1 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031033506X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310335061
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 1.2 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Templar Truth on 4 Oct. 2011
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I fully agree with the other two reviewers of this book, James and A Grey in their very positive comments on this book.

I am sorry though that, as witnessed by some of the tags that some have added for this book, (which are totally unwarranted, suggesting that this book is heretical and representing a false Christianity), some very strongly disagree. These tags are very mistaken and misleading. On the other hand they may lead some to take more of an interest in this book instead and benefit from what they find !

I understand though, that some are unfortunately objecting to this book and getting very hot under the collar because they see the title, "Common Prayer" and see it as somehow trying to usurp the position of the Anglican "Book of Common Prayer", often shortened to "Common Prayer". I am quite sure that the authors of this book never had the slightest intentions of doing this. In fact, if only those who get upset will note, the full title of this book is, "Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals", their objections ought to be, at least to some extent, resolved.

Just as the original "Book of Common Prayer" formed a more concise version of previous ecumenical liturgies for the people of the time, which its successors still do, I believe that "Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals" does a similar job for our time. I cannot speak for the authors of this book, but it looks to me as if they had the intention of actually honouring the original "Book of Common Prayer" in using its shortened name as part of the title of this book. As such, and as I have already said, I am sure that they did not have any intention of trying to propose this book as a replacement.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. P. Jay on 16 Nov. 2011
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It's nice to have a Daily Office book where the saints are those radicals like Dorothy Day who have seen social justice issues as part of their discipleship. There are plenty of quotations to stir the conscience but there are also some awkward and/or impossible tasks suggested, for example, `Contact your local crisis pregnancy centre and invite a pregnant woman to live with your family.' It is also a bit too earnest.

It comes out of the new monastic movement and for those who aren't used to formal `set prayers' it is a good starter and there are explanations of various practices and customs.

The extracts from the psalms are too short and some prayers are repetitive - many pages could be saved had these not been printed out every day.

However, for those who find the Daily Office to be a chore, this could make for a refreshing year.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By james on 10 Jan. 2011
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I'd recommend this book to any and every Christian, as a middle-teen I found it particularly helpful in structuring my prayer time/scheduling my time.
It's very ecumenical, embracing almost all Christian traditions and denominations. Would highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Hebden on 15 Feb. 2013
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The strengths of this book are the inclusion of radical Christians as feast days and the inclusive language used for the Magnificat. Because it follows a calender it is easy to use too. I love the short bits of hymnody included at the back of the book and have used bits of the liturgy in adaptations with my usual Anglican Common Worship Daily Prayer.

What it doesn't do is use inclusive language for the trinity. I think the authors missed a trick here. Because it goes as a calender rather than a cyclical approach to the offices it's not as flexible or creative as it could be in regards the seasons of the year.

A great resource but needs to be used more as a supplement than a staple. Seeking Justice: The Radical Compassion of Jesus
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rev. T. J. Carter on 21 Feb. 2014
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I like the breadth of the yearly calendar which includes contemporary 'saints' as well as the more traditional.. This is reflected in the breadth of the prayers included.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr A Grey on 24 Aug. 2011
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If you're struggling with your prayer life, this book will be an invaluable companion. My wife and I have been using this together for a few weeks now, and it has revolutionised our devotional time. Its simple yet profound liturgies are littered with challenging quotes and provide a sound framework for morning and evening prayer, even when you don't have much time! A recommended buy!
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I have found the Kindle edition very helpful but a bit difficult to manage as you have to move to and fro through the book to use it fully which is difficult in a kindle version. So I ordered the paperback pocket edition but it's not the same. So to help others please note. The paperback pocket edition is a shortened version, still very good but omits the songbook and individual daily readings in the standard version, but it does have a rather good compline which is missing from the standard edition. The kindle version, although on the pocket edition page on Amazon, is the standard version with daily readings and songbook. There are other options on Amazon including a full version paperback and hardback option, but it is a tad confusing sorting it all out. If I was staring again I think I'd just go for the paperback version of the standard edition.
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Drawing on a wealth of traditions back to the early days of the Church, and combining what they
offer with the fruits of the New Monastic movement, this large but easy to use volume provides
food for the individual and for groups for every day of the year. It makes liturgy come alive
and sets it all in the context of profound commentaries on the phases of the Christian Year.
And if that wasn't enough, it includes a selection of hymns and songs with scores and chords!
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