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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (22 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441128182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441128188
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prudence Dailey is Chairman of the Prayer Book Society, a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and a graduate of Merton College, Oxford. She has loved The Book of Common Prayer since childhood.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm a Roman Catholic interested in that delicate rose, our sister Chuch, the Church of England. This seemed a good way to approach their beliefs and world view. This book is a collection of essays abot the origin, the evolution and the contents of the Book of Common Prayer.

In the 15 th and 16th centuries, the religious reformers in England had the great luck of having their King's favour, Henry VIII. He did what he did out of political and even religious reasons. That led to the very own and distinct English Reformation, that doesn't completely separate from the Roman confession, and doesn't completely join other more radical, protestant reforms like Calvin's or Luther's, either. It seems that Thomas Cranmer, the main editor and author behind the BCP felt some antipathy towards Luther. He was well acquainted with European reformers (Erasmus, Ekolampadius...) visited them and invited them to Britain, but kept a more moderate, safe and sound approach.

The English also had the luck to have very good scholars, that produced not only a very good Book for Common Prayer, that is, the appropiation of prayer by the faithful laity, but also great writers that could achieve and articulate a standard English Language, of high literary level. That, together with King James Bible, are great milestones not only in the teaching and dissemination of the Christian Faith among English Speaking peoples, but also towards better education of the people in a broad sense.

The book examines the historical and conceptual origins of the BCP, and also its contents, its theological and literary values, and how to use it in our ever changing society: how to motivate the young, its importance in times of suffering, its relevance towards a community and so on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John Bunyan on 9 Jan 2012
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Prudence Dailey has edited this varied, nicely produced, inexpensive and very readable collection of essays written to mark the 350th Anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. The Foreword is by the Prince of Wales and the Afterword by the Bishop of London, respectively Lay and Ecclesiastical Patrons of the Prayer Book Society. There is an appendix by Terry Waite, CBE, the well-known Anglican and Quaker who spent almost five years in captivity in Beirut. The book is in four sections, dealing in turn with the history and the language of the BCP, worshipping with the BCP, and mission and the BCP.

The authors of essays are : Neil Patterson (country rector), Raymond Chapman (priest and former Professor of English in the University of London), David Loades (Professor of History), P.D.James OBE (author), David Curry (Canadian rector and teacher of English and Philosophy), Ian Robinson (English scholar), Gavin Dunbar (Rector of S.John's, Savannah),Roger Beckwith (evangelical Anglican priest and theologian), David Phillips (Canadian priest, chaplain at Palermo), Peter Moger (Canon Precentor of York Minster),C.Peter Molloy (evangelical Canadian priest, and editor-in-chief of The Anglican Planet), George Sumner (evangelical Principal of Wycliffe College, Toronto), and Fredrik Arvisson (Senior Chaplain, King's College, Canterbury and Youth Office of the Prayer Book Society in England). Some of the contributors, as has been noted, are evangelical Anglicans, but others come from other traditions ranging from catholic to moderate and liberal.

All in all, this book I think is outstanding, though as a (liberal) lover of the BCP I am a little biased! I should highly recommend it.
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