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Review: A Morning and Evening Prayerbook

The Christian Church has a rich history of prayer. From the days of the earliest believers, Christians have devoted time to communicate with their God. Now, in Jeanie and David Gushee's A Morning and Evening Prayerbook (Thomas Nelson, 2018), there is a rich source from which to join in the prayers of the ages. The Gushees have searched the prayers of saints—from the early Church Fathers to modern theologians—and compiled them into an attractive prayerbook. Each day contains a morning and evening prayer. The prayers are aligned to the Christian calendar.

This is a fantastic resource. Families, individuals, pastors, and believers from all walks of life would benefit from the rich spirituality mined by the Gushees. The prayers are probing, insightful, and succinct. The book itself is portable, attractive, and durable. Apart from a short introduction, there are no commentaries—just raw prayers. The collection spans time and tradition. Rather than letting these replace spontaneous prayers, this book is designed to spring them and enrich them by hearing the prayers of others.

It is a hallowed experience to eavesdrop on others' conversations with the living God. Indeed, AMAEP tethers us to a larger narrative and reminds us of the eternal nature of the Church.

(A complimentary review copy was given in exchange for an honest review.)


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