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Praying the Hours (Cloister Books) [Paperback]

By Suzanne Guthrie (Author)
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In Praying the Hours Suzanne Guthrie offers us a contemporary way to practice the ancient tradition of hallowing time throughout the day by marking the hours with prayer and thanksgiving. With humor and wisdom she draws on her experience as a wife, mother, Episcopal priest, and teacher of children, showing us through her own life how these devotions can fold into the times of a hectic day. By praying the hours all the activities of our days our eating, sleeping, working, cleaning, playing, and reading become part of the sanctification of time and place. In part one Guthrie focuses on the importance of stability of place in the life of prayer. Every time I move, she observes, I have to learn to pray all over again, and she describes how she has learned to make a new home a house of prayer. In part two Guthrie takes us through the hours of prayer in the monastic day and explores how praying at fixed hours through the day can draw us closer to God. Praying the Hours is one of our series of Cowley Cloister Books: smaller format, gift edition books designed for meditative and devotional reading."

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Studio: Cowley Publications
Pages   131
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.07" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2001
Publisher   Cowley Publications
Series  Cloister Books  
ISBN  1561011770  
ISBN13  9781561011773  

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More About Suzanne Guthrie

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! SUZANNE GUTHRIE is an Episcopal priest at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Kingston, New York, where she uses theatre, dance, and movement to teach Bible and worship to children. She is also a workshop and retreat leader, and the author of Grace's Window: Entering the Seasons of Prayer.

Suzanne Guthrie was born in 1951.

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Protestantism > Anglican
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Protestantism > Episcopalian > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Worship & Devotion > Devotionals
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Worship & Devotion > Meditations
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Devotionals
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Simple and mundane made extraordinary  Jul 30, 2001
This book has ample opportunity to fall flat, with its descriptions of such routine, daily activities as the lunch hour, waking up, cleaning and moving. That it doesn't is a tribute to Episcopal priest Suzanne Guthrie's wonderful way of infusing even the dullest and most tedious activity with grace. First covering the idea of stability and praying in place with the example of her latest move; and then discussing praying the monastic Hours, this book is beautifully-written and very refreshing.
Praying the Hours  May 12, 2001
To say that I thoroughly enjoyed "Praying the Hours", by Suzanne Guthrie, would be an understatement. Guthrie's beautifully written experiences have not only brought me hours of reading enjoyment, but more importantly, have shown me how I can include Christ in every aspect of my day. From cover to cover Guthrie enlightens us, through her personal experiences, in ways that we can bring ourselves closer to Christ. She shows us that activities such as sleeping, eating, reading, working, or playing, can become opportunities to glorify God. I have a feeling that the unnamed reviewer from Boston, who couldn't find Christ in this book, is one of the "thistles around the fig tree" described in the Hour of None.
Practice of the Presence of God  May 11, 2001
Suzanne Guthrie has succeeded, and succeeded admirably, at creating a 21st Century version of Brother Lawrence's 17th Century classic: Practice of the Presence of God. With The Reverend Guthrie, we encounter God everywhere, not just in church or 'formal' prayer, but while cleaning house and puttering in the garden. Both works free us from a forced, strained piety, feeling we need lit candles and strong devotion to have a conversation with Jesus. Praying the Hours shows that all situations, all through the day, no matter what is happening in us and around us, can be turned into prayer.
Finding the God-Shaped Spaces of Our Lives  May 11, 2001
A lovely book I now include in those I recommend to my directees and that I use for ordination gifts. Ms. Guthrie's writing is refreshing and honest, and she is quite talented at discovering and naming God's presence in places, situations, feelings, thoughts and prayers common to many.

This particular work shows us, through her own daily experiences, what it means to find the God-shaped spaces that fill our geography and our time, no matter where we are or what we are doing. She recognizes God with sensitivity, beauty and wisdom that delights mind, heart and soul. One of the best books I've read that shows us how we connect, at every moment, with the God of Love. In example after example, Ms. Guthrie shows us why God came to us through the Incarnation in humble, human form. She shows us, too, how this incredible Love is available moment to moment, throughout the hours and days of our lives.

A prayerful delight--soul candy at its best!

The truth must dazzle gradually  May 11, 2001
Guthrie's book is well written. It is a book in which, indubitably, the autobiographical note predominates over the explicitly devotional. It is, as a previous review noted, nice: mellow but not life-changing, and perhaps not as obviously Christian as some other works of homiletical intent. Readers who are allergic to pabulum might find that "Praying the Hours" is not addressed to their condition. Most readers, we venture to say, will find the prose and the personality of Suzanne Guthrie moderately appealing. The ardent admirers of Guthrie's work will, we trust, understand that some readers prefer their devotional literature straight, no chaser.

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