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The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime: A Manual for Prayer (Divine Hours) [Paperback]

By Phyllis Tickle (Author)
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Drawn from the Book of Common Prayer and the writings of the Church Fathers, the third and final volume in a contemporary trilogy of prayer books once again celebrates the veiled strength of the Book of Hours, weaving together prayer and praise in daily springtime devotions. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

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"A welcome remedy for the increasing number of lay Christians who have rediscovered the daily offices. Tickle puts each day's prayers, psalms, readings, and refrains-everything you need-in one place. The rhythm that Tickle's book establishes gives one a stronger sense of participating in an ancient, worldwide but very personal liturgy."
-Nora Gallagher, "," and author of "Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith
The third and final volume in a trilogy of prayer manuals compiled by "Publishers Weekly" religion editor Phyllis Tickle as a contemporary Book of Hours to guide Christians gently yet authoritatively through the daily offices.
"The Divine Hours "is the first major literary and liturgical reworking of the sixth-century Benedictine Rule of fixed-hour prayer. This beautifully conceived and thoroughly modern three-volume guide will appeal to the theological novice as well as to the ecclesiastical sophisticate. Making primary use of the Book of Common Prayer and the writings of the Church Fathers, "The Divine Hours "is also a companion to the New Jerusalem Bible, from which it draws its Scripture readings. The trilogy blends prayer and praise in a way that, while extraordinarily fresh, respects and builds upon the ancient wisdom of Christianity.
The third and final book in the set, "Prayers for Springtime," provides prayers, psalms, and readings for this season associated with rebirth. Compact, with deluxe endpapers, it is perfect for those seeking greater spiritual depth. As a contemporary Book of Hours, "The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime"heralds a renewal of the tradition of disciplined daily prayer, and gives those already using the first two volumes the completion they are seeking. With this volume, the series culminates with three prayer manuals encompassing the liturgical and calendar year with the offices for every day.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Doubleday Religion
Pages   671
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.6"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 17, 2006
Publisher   Doubleday Religion
Series  Divine Hours  
ISBN  0385505574  
ISBN13  9780385505574  

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Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the Religion Department at Publishers Weekly, is a highly respected authority on religion in America, frequently quoted in publications such as USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and The New York Times as well as on PBS and NPR. She is the author of the best-selling "Stories from The Farm in Lucy" trilogy, including What the Land Already Knows, Wisdom in the Waiting, and The Graces We Remember, as well as The Divine HoursTM and most recently The Night Offices, from OUP. She lives in Millington, Tennessee.

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Any Moment  Mar 17, 2007
Follow the guidelines or make up your own. This book is written for the seeker & devout. Whatever you seek you will find here. The spirituality of this book allows you to bring Spirit into your presence at any time. Follow the Hours and you will find you are in relationship to God constantly. Open at any moment of your day/night and you will be in contact with the higher spirit you seek.
Liturgy of the Hours for non-Roman Catholics  Jul 13, 2006
Roman Catholics love it too!!!! This book is wonderful and subtle and changes your life!

If the discipline of daily prayer (let alone several times a day!) has ever been a struggle for you then YOU MUST BUY THIS BOOK and the rest of the series!

I cannot even begin to stress the importance of stoppping for a time-out with God four times a day. Ms Tickle has done a terrific job of putting together prayers, hymns and short Bible readings (OT & NT) that will guide and change you. She has managed to compile what we all need in order to put the hurry and worry and stress of life into perspective. It will encourage prayer for self and others and re-focus you on the truly important aspects of life.
A Prayerbook Trilogy for All Seasons  May 29, 2006
As someone who has worked with a good number of prayer books over many years including the old Roman Breviary (in Latin), Phyllis Tickle has produced a true trilogy masterpiece. It is extremely "user-friendly" with all prayer materials appearing in tight sequence on each page, eliminating the need to flip all over a book, searching for "what's next?" Thank you for making my life more simple, Ms. Tickle!! I now have more time for real prayer.
More importantly, the assigned prayers and reading selections for each day are very well chosen. They are all on the side of thoughtful brevity. This helps create that wonderful atmosphere prescribed by St. Benedict(father of western monasticism)who instructs "therefore prayer ought to be short and pure, except when it is occasionally prolonged by the inspiration of Divine Grace."
A wasted opportunity  Apr 13, 2006
I had been looking for a prayer/devotional book of this quality for a long time, and when I started to work with it I frequently found myself deeply moved by the words, and far more focused during my day; but then, after a while, I began to notice problems with Ms Tickle's choices, and these problems stem from her biases as a Christian.

For example, some of the prayers call for intercession (usually from the Virgin Mary). If, like me, you find the whole idea of intercessory prayer to be unbiblical, then you are going to have significant issues with this book.

And then, on page 373, we find a poem by Fanny Crosby which makes reference to the rapture. Again, if you regard the rapture as being cultish and unbiblical (which I do), then you are going to have a problem.

Sadly, there is no mention on the book's jacket about who exactly this book is meant for. To say that it is for all Christians is simply dishonest.

A Literate Dialog With God  Jan 24, 2004
This book of prayers (one of three volumes covering daily prayer for a year) taken in large measure from the Bible is a wonderful prompt in one's life-long conversation with God. It helps one come to words one didn't realize one meant or hadn't the aptitude to say before one began using it in one's daily devotions. In addition to Scripture, it employs prayers from "The Book of Common Prayer" and other standard resources. But one particularly delights in the additional readings taken from a wide range of meditative and inspirational literature. Examples are "Pied Beauty," by Gerard Manley Hopkins and "The Sacrament of the Present Moment," by Jean Pierre de Caussade. What a remarkable contribution to one's spiritual life!

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