Item description for Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann by Walter Brueggemann & Edwin Searcy...
Overview This thoughtful collection of prayers emerged from Brueggemann's thirty-five years of teaching in seminaries. Full of reflection, faith, and dialogue, they reveal another side of this gifted author from what his many readers are accustomed to. These deeply felt and sparklingly articulated prayers reflect a wide range of life experiences. As readers, we are taken from the depths of pain and loss to the heights of joy and praise. The author takes on life in its fullest as he utters his praise and lament, petition and thanksgiving. Brueggemann's prayers lead us to deeper commitment, deeper faith, and deeper reflection. The volume also includes an index of biblical allusions that will be useful for preachers as well as the general reader looking for the biblical roots of these fears, hopes, struggles, and aspirations.
Publishers Description A collection of startlingly fresh and meaningful prayers, from Walter Brueggemann, a leading Christian thinker and scholar.
From Publishers Weekly Walter Brueggemann, whose thoughtful and reflective works on the Hebrew Bible
have ensured that the term "Old Testament theologian" is not an oxymoron,
offers distilled wisdom from his 35 years of teaching in Awed to Heaven,
Rooted to Earth. At the seminaries where he has taught, professors
traditionally open their classes with prayer-a practice that for some might
devolve into a quick nod to convention, but Brueggemann has always presented
the opportunity to involve students more intimately in the assigned biblical
texts. This marvelous little book of Brueggemann's start-of-class prayers will
have readers cheering, especially when he writes that "much public prayer in
the church is careless and slovenly, and... what passes for spontaneity is in
fact a lack of preparation." Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann by Walter Brueggemann & Edwin Searcy has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 12/23/2002
PW Notes and Reprints - 12/23/2002 page 65
Library Journal - 03/01/2003 page 96
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Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.62" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Dec 30, 2002
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0800634608 ISBN13 9780800634605
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More About Walter Brueggemann & Edwin Searcy
Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Walter Brueggemann has published or released items in the following series...
Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries
Augsburg Old Testament Studies
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
Reviews - What do customers think about Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann?
Good Seller Mar 28, 2007
They did a great job and got the book to me really fast, and it was in good condition.
Prayer profound... Jun 25, 2005
I first encountered Walter Brueggemann as a scholar of the Hebrew scriptures/Old Testament through his monumental 'Theology of the Old Testament'. When I started seminary a few years after purchasing that volume, there was a class taught based on that book, so I got to know more about Brueggemann's scholarship in some detail. However, that was not all I and the other students learned in that class - we were fortunate enough to have a professor who knows Walter Brueggemann through both his scholarship and personally - some of the spirit that came across in that class is not readily accessible in scholarly tomes, but is very present in books such as this one, 'Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth.'
Brueggemann spent over 40 years as a teacher, first at Eden Seminary and then at Columbia Seminary, and it was his standard practice to begin each class with prayer (those untutored to the ways of seminary might be surprised to learn that this is not always a standard practice - my personal experience is that it occurs about 50% of the time). Brueggemann's prayers are both timely and timeless - they tap into the eternal elements of divine-human communication, but also express care and concern for current situation in which students, faculty, staff and the world find themselves. According to the editors, his prayers are 'subtle, surprising and daring, gentle and dread-filled [and] echo the poetic speech of the psalms and of the prophets.' As for Brueggemann himself, he states that to put such a collection together in print needs some justification, and he gives two - that much of prayer is 'careless and slovenly, and that what passes for spontaneity is in fact lack of preparation.' He also sees this collection as 'an act of gratitude', toward students, colleagues, and toward God.
These prayers read like poems - indeed, like the psalms, they can be multi-tasking as poems and prayers, and often could stand as hymn texts. They have rhythm and grace that is palpable. They have theological soundness and internal consistency with biblical themes even when such themes hold us in tension between divergent ideas. These prayers call upon themselves to 'move off the page', just as Brueggemann calls upon God (and our actions based upon God) to move off the page of scripture and into action in the world. Nothing subtle here! But indeed surprising and daring.
When I first discovered this book, I was in awe. It has quickly become a favourite, and just as quickly established itself as a book to which I return again and again, for inspiration and for a sense of what language I can use with integrity before God. Few books have made such an immediate impact on me as this one has. Prayer is often seen as something safe, something soothing, something secure - Brueggemann calls upon us as pray-ers to recognise that prayer can be a dangerous act. 'It is an awesome matter to voice one's life before God, and our lives should therefore be awesomely uttered.'
Amen and amen.
prayers for sinners and saints and everyone in between Nov 23, 2004
Once again, Dr. Brueggemann demonstrates with stunning beauty, the power of imagination, the power of entering the stories of life and of scripture, of suffering and joy and making it our own. If you struggle with words, if you wish your prayer life was more poetic, more reflective of the larger issues that lay at the doorstep and inside the church, then this is the book to read, I constantly turn to it when worship leading and teaching adult bible study because it focuses my thoughts, expands my spirit and teaches me how to pray.
The words of a master in prayer. May 23, 2004
If you want to know what Walter Brueggemann is about, read his prayers. Yes, his commentaries are profound, but his heart and soul are found in his prayers.
You will find, as I did, that he is a man who believes that God spoke and continues to speak. He is a man of the Word.
His prayers challenge, confront and comfort. They challenge us to listen for God's word to us - today, in our world. His prayers confront our hardness of heart and our complacency. Ultimately, Brueggemann's words comfort us by illuminating the steadfast faithfulness of God love for struggling people.
"Our lives are occupied territory... occupied by a cacophony of voices, and the din undoes us. In the daytime we have no time to listen, beset as we are by anxiety and goals and assignments and work, and in the night the voices are so confusing we can hardly sort out what could possibly be your voice from the voice of our mothers and fathers and our best friends and our pet projects, because they all sound so much like You. So give us ears. Amen."
Prayers of a Scripture-formed Heart Sep 3, 2003
As a Pentecostal believer, I am fairly new to the art of crafting prayers in Scriptural reflection. Spontaneous prayer is emphasized in my tradition to the point that joining others in the praying of faithful speech has been thrilling new ground. These prayers, birthed in the heart of a tremendous scholar and righteous man, are transforming utterances which have challenged my heart and the hearts of many with which I have prayed them.
The beloved professor has been surprised in the past to see where his work has gone and how it has been applied. Surely Dr. Brueggemann allows their publication not so that they can be read, but so that they can be joined. A wonderful collection indeed!