In Constant Prayer- Robert Benson
Previously I reviewed The Sacred Journey, a part of the Ancient Practices series edited by Phyllis Tickle. So, I chose In Constant Prayer, another book in the series, as my most recent review for BookSneeze.
Robert Benson takes a fresh look at praying without ceasing by teaching us how to pray the hours or keep the offices. Traditionally this meant interrupting secular time every three hours for worship and prayer. Once a standard practice among the ancient Jews and early Christians, only those living in a monastic order or in very liturgical churches now typically pray the hours. Benson relates some of this history of praying the hours as well as giving a description of praying the hours. He then spends some time looking at the daily of praying the hours as well as the divine.
I thought this was a wonderfully written book. Benson was so very easy to read. He, himself, describes himself as a poet, and truly in his writings the soul of a poet comes through. His use of language, including story telling and personal revelations made me hungry to know the joy of praying the hours for myself. The book is practical enough to inform even those of us who had never considered this ancient practice yet beautiful enough to make sure that this most important topic is never viewed as dry or dull.
I received a copy of this book from Book Sneeze for review purposes. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.