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Praying for Friends and Enemies (Face to Face with God) [Paperback]

By Jane Vennard (Author)
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Item description for Praying for Friends and Enemies (Face to Face with God) by Jane Vennard...

What is intercession? What happens when we pray for others? How do I pray for my enemies? This book also gets at the key theological question of whether intercessory prayer is a matter of changing God's will. These questions and others are examined within the context of everyday experiences.

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What is intercession? What happens when we pray for someone else? How do we pray for our enemies? Does prayer change God's will? By addressing these questions in the context of everyday experience, Vennard helps people of prayer grow in their understanding and practice of intercessory prayer. In this book, Vennard guides individuals or small groups by providing questions for reflection and discussion, and suggestions for intercession-related activities. Her wise counsel will help both new and experienced pray-ers explore the ministry of intercessory prayer.

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.05" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.25"
Weight:   0.37 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1995
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
Series  Face To Face With God  
ISBN  0806627697  
ISBN13  9780806627694  

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More About Jane Vennard

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jane E. Vennard is the author of three previous books on prayer and is a popular speaker, retreat leader, teacher, and spiritual director. This book grows out of her teaching at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, where she witnessed firsthand the many shifts in her students' lives as they began to focus their prayer in new ways and to discern what actions they might take to promote justice and peace in the world around them.

Jane Vennard has an academic affiliation as follows - Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado.

Jane Vennard has published or released items in the following series...
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Intercessory Prayer Changes the One Praying  Nov 26, 2006
In seven well-written and engaging chapters, Jane Vennard leads the reader through a discussion of the theology, process, effects, and practices of Intercessory Prayer. She states her assumptions clearly as a Christian minister, but does not assume they are the readers; she draws from a depth of understanding but communicates directly with wonderful stories. She tackles the hard questions, and acknowledges there is room for diverse answers.

I especially like the sections focused on praying for enemies. Much of our current public discourse world-wide separates people and nations into only two groups - the friends and the enemies. In this view, the friends are usually those like us, who we identify as good in ways we see ourselves as good. The enemies are those who oppose us, in the most extreme those we see as embodying evil. Often the next step is to seek to protect the friends and destroy the enemies.

Vennard offers a different world view and call to action - more complex and vastly more hopeful. We are mixed as people and as nations. Good and evil are embodied to varying degrees in all our motives and actions. Praying for friends involves allowing ourselves to be conscious of their imperfections. Praying for enemies helps us become more aware of the context and experiences out of which their actions emerge. We may even come to see in ourselves some of what we find most troubling in them and in them some of what we believe is goodness. And when that occurs, as in other experiences of intercessory prayer, we may be changed and even transformed.

Complete with reflection topics at the end of each chapter, this book can help individuals and congregations learn more about how to pray for others. Initially produced as part of a Lutheran curriculum package, it stands alone as a contemporary guide to intercessory prayer.

Praying for everyone  Sep 28, 2005
This book is just what I was looking for. It goes through the various questions and issues one has about intercessory prayer and provides much food for thought. I want to go back to many sections and meditate further on them. I also want to form a group at my church to discuss this book and engage in intercessory prayer together.
Appropriate for small prayer groups but  May 25, 2000
This book disappointed me although I can see an appropriate setting for it - small prayer groups for individuals with little theology of prayer (not theology academic training but practical theology) and limited reading skills (the sentences are simply constructed for easy reading).

My objections: 1) the author, Jane Vennard, is comfortable making assumptions I would not read into scripture e.g. Jesus delay in going to Lazarus' aid after the call from Mary and Martha she says "Jesus, believing that the illness was not serious" ... I don't know what Jesus believed about the seriousness of his illness.

2) The author is more certain of God's nature than I am willing to be. For example she gives a list of things God cannot do - interfere with humankind's freedom of choice, change what has already happened - I do not know if God cannot or if he chooses not to ...

3) the author consistently uses "we" when describing how we respond to situations. When that is not how I respond, the text makes me uncomfortable with the author's assumptions.

Somewhat to my surprise, given my concerns above, I found the bibliography has several books I know and love (along with a couple I know and don't love). The author's intent is good - I wouldn't discourage someone familiar with the author from picking it up but it is not my proverbial cup of tea.


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