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Book Title: Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann|
The author of the book: Walter Brueggemann
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Edition: Fortress Press
Date of issue: December 30th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780800634605
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 18.90 MB
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I don't think that many congregants listen much to the prayers of their pastor, nor students to the prayers of their teachers. Perhaps that's because we're saying it with them (The Lord's Prayer, for example) and we've said it so many times, or because they pastor usually says the same similar things every week. To me, the idea of reading another person's prayers is a bit odd, as the practice of prayer in the church today is either a practice in recitation, or just asking God for help with problems and (rarely) thanking God for help given.
Walter Brueggemann, a scholar I am otherwise unfamiliar with (though have heard much of his work), clearly never intends to pray in this fashion. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth is a collection of prayers from a man who has truly encountered God, and makes no hesitation in laying bare his soul before God. Whether it is a prayer of thanksgiving, lament, or even command, Brueggemann prays in such a way that you feel as though your own prayers need to change in content and tone. Brueggemann is the type of person (I imagine) that you meet and walk away hoping to be the Godly man that he is one day, after much learning, prayer, and struggle.
I used this book as a sort of devotional, and will use it again for reference in the future, but reading it has taught me something different about how to pray and approach God. Brueggeman states in the introduction that he doesn't want people to focus on the prayer itself, but on the One to whom it is directed. Either way, this will open your eyes and mind to a different way of praying.
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