Item description for A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants: Deluxe Gift edition by Reuben P. Job & Norman Shawchuck...
Overview From the publisher: A bestseller for more than 15 years, this classic devotional and prayer book inludes thematically arranged material for each week of the year as well as themes and schedules for 12 personal retreats. The authors have adopted the following format: daily invocations, scripture readings, reflections (silent and written), prayers, and weekly hymns, benedictions, and printed psalms.
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Studio: Upper Room
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 4.68" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Binding Leather, Imitation
Release Date Aug 1, 1997
Publisher Upper Room Books
ISBN 0835804607 ISBN13 9780835804608
Reviews - What do customers think about A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants: Deluxe Gift edition?
Great devotional guide!!! Apr 15, 2008
I have greatly enjoyed using this book both as a personal resource and a group study resource. I anticipate using this book throughout my life both personally and in ministry. A must-have!
A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants Oct 25, 2007
This is an excellent guide to prayer. We use it every day for a starting of our daily prayers.
I just don't get it... Oct 7, 2007
This might be the only product on this site that I've ever seen with 20 5-star reviews and nothing else. I hate to be the grumpy one, but I'm just not tracking with these other reviewers. I found this to be one of the least helpful devotionals that I've ever used.
I was assigned to use this devotional for a seminary class and was fully prepared to appreciate it. I was excited about the daily Scripture readings, the collected quotations, and the weekly hymns, all tied to the same theme. This seemed like a perfect format. Unfortunately, it turned out to be dreadful.
My one primary complaint was that the Scriptures and the quotes were difficult to connect thematically. Though there was a category for each week like "Forgiveness" or "Wise Stewards," I often found myself completely perplexed as to how a particular Scripture reading was supposed to relate to that topic. I'm not suggesting that reading the Bible should be an inherently intuitive process, but if I'm going to be sent flying across the entire Bible from one day to the next, I would really prefer to understand the relationship between the passages.
I also found the "Readings for Reflection" to be a struggle. Though other reviewers raved about the authors who were represented, I found many of them to be extremely obscure (and for good reason). Many of the readings were very wooden, probably somewhat indicative of the time when they were written. I do enjoy reading the classics, but I did not find these selections to be especially enlightening and more often left me scratching my head.
Finally, I found the organization of each week to be extremely frustrating. I was constantly flipping back and forth from one page to another, and the binding of the book is so tight and its pages so narrow that it would frequently snap shut and leave me hunting to find my place. I realize that many will laugh at my focus on such minor details, but they really affect me. I'm distractible to begin with, and the last thing that I need when spending devotional time with God is one more thing to distract me. I really wished that the Scriptures and readings had been better integrated to allow for a more natural flow when using this book.
Upon rereading my critique, I probably paint myself as some sort of lazy idiot. I am not looking for a mindless devotional book. I am willing to invest in intellectual reflection when I study the Word and read what others have to say. Maybe "A Guide to Prayer" will work for other folks, but this guide left me disappointed and even frustrated. I will keep looking for a devotional guide that flows more naturally and makes more sense to me.
Great Structure and Guidance Jun 26, 2007
I absolutely love this book. It combines just the right amount of structural guidance and freedom. I love the addition of "Spiritual Readings" to complement the Scripture readings and themes.
Each week focuses on a different theme. The Scripture readings help you discover various aspects of the theme without the authors manipulating the text. The readings are associated with the theme, but are not "devotionals" on the days Scripture readings. The readings are taken from some of the best Christian writers and classics of Christian thought.
Shawchuck and Job structure the daily devotionals as follows:
Invocation (a written prayer to focus you and draw you in for the day's theme) A Psalm (Chosen to align with the week's theme.) Reading for Reflection (Chosen from among the best writers in Christian history) Daily Scripture Readings (Monday-Friday with the weekends consisting of a selection from the Lectionary) Reflection: Silent and Written (Nothing written, but this give you time to sit quietly or journal) Prayers: For the Church, for Others, and Myself (Again, not written, but this is the time where you spend time in prayer) Hymn (Sing or read as poetry; either way you are exposed to some of the great hymns of the church) Benediction (Provided by the authors to bring closing).
This book has helped me on my spiritual journey. I struggle with ADD and this book provided the right amount of structure to help me stay focused and yet the freedom to experience variety.
Great variety and very nice schedule Feb 12, 2007
I love the way this is set up. It has different type of devotional components