Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers: Prayer for Ordinary Radicals

Shane Claiborne, Author, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Author IVP $13 (124p) ISBN 978-0-8308-3622-2

This latest publication from the new monasticism movement is the third book each for the two young Christian activist-authors, and it offers fresh insight on the well-worn topic of prayer. Some themes are repeated from earlier works, but the book deftly succeeds in drawing the reader out of the weeds of daily life and into a more spacious field. The text is structured around three New Testament prayers: the Lord’s Prayer, Christ’s intercessory prayer in Chapter 17 of the Gospel of John and Paul’s prayer in the first chapter of Ephesians. From the very first pronoun of the familiar Lord’s Prayer (“our”), the authors extract a compelling sermon on the power and centrality of community in Christian life and thought. The dominant theme—that prayer invites human beings into a partnership with God in answering prayer—is enlivened with earthy tales from the authors’ own lives, wrenching stories of service and redemption from the people they know and lesser-known anecdotes from Christian history and sociology. Readers will never see prayer or community in quite the same way again. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 09/15/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008
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