Item description for Praying with Body and Soul by Jane E. Vennard & J. E. Vennard...
Overview Imaginative and concrete, Jane Vennard leads us into praying through our bodies, through our emotions and relationships, through our work in the world. She invites the reader to livelier, more spontaneous, and varied forms of prayer. Drawing on her teaching experience, she skillfully opens the reader's eyes to a whole new range of possibilities.
Publishers Description Praying with Body and Soul involves the whole person: our senses, our bodies at rest or in motion, our imaginations, as well as our minds and emotions. By paying prayerful attention to the body people will not only recognize the ways in which they already pray, but will learn how to deepen their relationship with God. Each chapter includes questions for reflection, and practical exercises, such as drawing, walking meditation, fasting, making music, dancing, and praying in sickness and disability. This guide to prayer can be used by individuals, prayer partners, and small groups.
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Studio: Augsburg Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.92" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.44" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1998
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0806636149 ISBN13 9780806636146
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More About Jane E. Vennard & J. E. Vennard
Jane Vennard is a United Church of Christ pastor and spiritual director and has led retreats for more than 15 years. An adjunct faculty member at Iliff School of Theology, Denver, she teaches courses on prayer, spirituality, spiritual direction, and retreat design and leadership. She is also the author of A Praying Congregation: The Art of Teaching Spiritual Practice (Alban, 2005).
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Embodied Prayer Nov 25, 2006
Jane E. Vennard, a gifted teacher and retreat leader, offers a practical guide to many forms of prayer. Drawing on her own journey and the richness of religious traditions, she is grounded in her own experience as a Christian and open to the diverse experiences of others.
Out of that journey she notes "My prayer now includes silence and stillness, movement and imagination, sensuality and sexuality, laughter and play, work, service, and the struggle for justice." The book is organized as an exploration of these themes.
For her "prayer has become . . . the practice of bringing all of who I have been, all of who I am, and all of who I am becoming into relationship with God. When I bring all of myself to God, I am praying with body and soul."
Vennard is careful to define how she uses terms like 'spirituality' and 'prayer". Much of her writing is in the form of stories and reflections from persons she has interviewed. The book includes a Group Study Guide and each chapter concludes with activities for reflection and discussion.
This is a book that is helpful for individuals and for use in groups. Our congregation has been led by Vennard in retreats and through her books and find her leadership outstanding.
Unimpressive Jun 16, 2000
I tried to like this book but failed miserably - the last straw was the apparent equation of Buddhist meditation techniques to Christian prayer. As Buddhism is agnostic while Christianity believes in a personal God with whom one enters into a personal relationship. I can cite the influence of Nestorian Christianity on Chan Buddhism or the influence of monotheist Islam on Tibetan Buddhism and I still can't make the leap the author does.
The overemphasis, from my perspective, of the individual prayer and minimized reference to corporate prayer also clashes with my view of Christians composing the Body of Christ.
On the positive side, some of her examples drawn from her role as spiritual director and her interest in playful prayer speaks of a woman of spiritual depth. This volume make speak to you in a way it fails to speak to me.