Theological Reflection from a Wesleyan Perspective

Friday, September 30, 2011

Review: In Constant Prayer

9:54 AM Posted by Casey Taylor

In Constant Prayer is an introduction to the ancient Christian practice of "praying the hours."  Praying the hours primarily refers to a regular pattern of mostly ritualized prayers throughout the day.  This might include praying the Psalms and the Lord's Prayer, but it also allows for "free" expressions of personal prayer requests.  Praying the hours is usually a spiritual habit more at home in so-called liturgical church traditions: Catholics, Orthodox and Anglicans.

Even though I've used this practice myself and found spiritual nourishment from it, Robert Benson's exploration of praying the hours was not engaging.  One reviewer said, "It literally took me months to read."  That's not necessarily a bad thing but I concur.  It took me months to read because it just didn't capture my attention.  Benson's book is intended for rookies but I'm not sure many people new to praying the hours will be drawn to this potentially life-giving means of grace through this particular book.

This book was provided to me free of charge by Thomas Nelson publishers through their Booksneeze review program in exchange for honest review.