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Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  1,390 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Common Prayer helps today’s diverse church pray together across traditions and denominations. With an ear to the particulars of how various liturgical traditions pray, and using an advisory team of liturgy experts, the authors have created a tapestry of prayer that celebrates the best of each tradition. The book also includes a unique songbook composed of music and classic ...more
Hardcover, 590 pages
Published November 28th 2010 by Zondervan (first published November 9th 2010)
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Adam
I finally ordered a hard copy of this prayer book. I have been using the online version (commonprayer.net) for the past year. Whether you are new to fixed hour/liturgical prayer or not this book has the potential to change your prayer life. The book is itself a beautiful work of art. Well made. The pages are nice and sturdy which should make for great daily usage. As for content: There is one Evening Prayer for each day of the week. Each day has the Our Father as a border in both English and in ...more
Gregory Soderberg
Aug 12, 2011 Gregory Soderberg rated it liked it
Shelves: liturgy
This is an exciting book! I came to it with hardly any background knowledge on who the New Monastics are, and I think that served me well. I see this text as a healthy injection of ancient wisdom into the postmodern church. This book breathes a freshness and a vitality that are missing from the more traditional churches that have never abandoned the historic liturgies. In many ways, familiarity breeds contempt. I won't accuse any churches of having contempt for their historic liturgies, but ...more
Hansen Wendlandt
What is better written: some of the best prayers of Christian history included here, or the gospel clarity of the Ordinary Radicals’ introduction and interstices? What a stunningly good and rich book, a true inspiration to live peacefully in “holy mischief” (24)!
If we accept that worship is a time to be with God publicly-—as though we were at a pub with Jesus—-then the work of worship, liturgy, is the organized movement of the Spirit. Claiborne et al tells us so succinctly how praying with litu
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Jacki
Apr 13, 2013 Jacki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not know what was in this book when I bought it. All I knew was that I really wanted to grow in my prayer life and I like Shane Claiborne.

So for those of you who are like me and want to know what's in the book, let me tell you...
This small books is divided into 5 sections:
-Daily Prayer, with a morning prayer, midday prayer, evening prayer and compline prayer.
-Monthly Action, which explains the tenets of New Monasticism and gives ideas for how to live out these values.
-Occasional Prayers,
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Marie
Aug 14, 2012 Marie rated it it was ok
I found this book disappointing, although perhaps those who are not familiar with The Book of Common Prayer or daily office books might find the material fresh and useful. I was hoping for more inclusive language and postmodern theology, as well as more depth. I much prefer the St. Helena Breviary for personal use.
Meghan
Sep 17, 2012 Meghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I haven't used this in community, as intended, I've been using it as my daily devotional for some time now. I appreciate the biographical notes, the songs, the daily Bible readings (based on the lectionary), and the various prayers.
Sarah
Jul 25, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I call it "Liturgy for Dummies" and it's a perfect introduction to the traditions of the church for a dummy like myself. I am enjoying having a new morning rhythm with this book.
Gene
Aug 13, 2012 Gene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only thing better than this book would be the full text hardcover edition!
Josh Morgan
Dec 08, 2010 Josh Morgan rated it it was amazing
This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (http://jacobscafe.blogspot.com/2010/1...).

This post is part of my series on prayer books. I received a complimentary review copy of this book without a requirement or expectation of a positive review.

Common Prayer is a the result of a collaborative effort of Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro. All three (from my understanding) have an emphasis on missional living, intentional community, and the new monasticism. This in
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Shannon
Dec 16, 2010 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-own
This is from my Amazon review:
I received my copy right before the first day in the book (December 1st) so I've been praying with this book daily since then. I am loving it! As an individual who loves liturgy and common prayer but would not consider himself to be Anglican/Episcopalian nor necessarily a part of any of the classic liturgical denominations, I find this prayer book to be a refreshing look at the 'style' - if you will. As a youth pastor, this has been a good way for me to introduce a
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Eric
Apr 23, 2011 Eric rated it it was ok
I engaged with this Common Prayer during Lent. While I did not make my goal of regular daily practice, I did spend time with it frequently enough to understand its rhythms.

Common Prayer guides followers through three prayer times each day. Morning Prayers are lengthy, including readings about saints and from Scripture, as well as call and response prayer. There is a Morning Prayer for each day of the year and special prayers for Holy Week. The same Midday Prayer is used every day to develop a rh
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David
Dec 15, 2011 David rated it really liked it
This book gets four stars just for the scope - prayers for every single morning of the year! If you are wanting to get into the tradition of fixed hour prayer (there are also midday and evening prayers on a weekly rotation) this book could be a help.

Claiborne, and the other authors, are part of the New Monasticism, emphasizing discipleship to Jesus as entailing things like poverty and nonviolence. These emphases shine through, though they do bring in voices from all Christian traditions.

The only
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Susan
Jan 06, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
This book is a resource to be used daily with morning, midday, evening prayers and a compline. It highlights the Christian calendar and significant historical events and Saints throughout the year. For those who have practiced these traditions for years or those who want to bring more liturgy and Christian tradition into their lives, this book is easy to use and portable. I find it inspiring to pray the prayers from throughout history (some are 1,000 years old) and know that Christians around ...more
Sean
Jan 22, 2014 Sean rated it really liked it
For the beginner, and the experienced, this is an excellent book on common prayer. The biggest stand out for me is it's ecumenical take on liturgical prayer from different parts of the church as well as it's social conscious focus in collects and the intros to the calendar months.

As one who has been circling around liturgical prayer this was a welcome addition to my ever growing collection of prayer books. This is not bogged down like some books that would end up being more beneficial if one was
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Mar
Nov 30, 2016 Mar rated it it was amazing
I'm really enjoying this devotional. The Scripture passages are selected to help the reader progress through the Bible in a year; however, I do find it "Selective" to some degree in terms of which passages are omitted such as stories of Judah and Tamar, the story of cutting up the concubine; many of the OT laws and tabernacle requirements and some of Saul's attacks on David. It appears we're trying to keep it mostly positive/non-controversial and eliminate potentially boring parts as we proceed ...more
Jonathan
Jan 05, 2015 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: all
This is a cool prayer book, and I think it is a good addition to the spiritual life of any community. You can really see the influence from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Life Together" in its format. I think it adds a lot to the Christian community who wants to worship the God who loves justice and hears the cry of the poor. It focuses on topics that other common prayer books undervalue. However, the book really, really focuses on those topics at the expense of others, and I would recommend it as one ...more
Heather
Jun 15, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful introduction to Liturgy and wonderful way to start your day. I love this book except for one matter, if you or someone you love is in the military, Shane Claiborne is a pacifist and some of his writing may not align with yours. His writing about his feelings/ideas on our military is limited to the front introduction but he very clearly (loudy) states his beliefs and while I whole-heartedly support the freedom of speech, I feel maybe this book of liturgy is not the most appropriate ...more
T.S.
Nov 26, 2013 T.S. rated it it was ok
There is nothing "radical," per se, about this book of prayer other than it compiles prayers from various Christian faiths (though you might never know if you have not been exposed to other faiths). As the name implies, it includes restricted, structured evening prayers for every day of the year, morning prayers for each weekday, and a midday prayer for every day. In addition, it includes some hymns, though only a few bars, from both Protestant and Catholic faiths. This music also reflects the ...more
Linda
May 19, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful resource for home, church, or small group prayer! Be advised, though, the hard copy is worth the price. The Kindle version does not fully display the suggested songs, nor is it convenient to move from place to place. A hard copy, which comes with a ribbon marker, is much more user-friendly. Sometimes a "real" book is simply better, and this is one of those times. That said, the Kindle version is only $1.99, so it's an inexpensive way to help you decide if you'd like to spend the ...more
Evan Hays
Sep 02, 2016 Evan Hays rated it it was amazing
Shelves: devotional
Now is as good of a time to review this as any. Always tough to review a devotional, because you never really "finish" it, but Amy and used this for much of the summer and really enjoyed it. We both love prayer books, and have a big collection and have used many of them. The layout of this one is really nice, and it is really easy to use. I also like its blending of both ancient and modern as well as its high church and low church traditions. Well done, and may God continue to bless Claiborne ...more
Jacki
Dec 05, 2013 Jacki rated it it was amazing
This book has helped me keep a daily ritual of prayer. Even though I seldom had time to read the scripture that goes with each day's prayer and I only knew a few of the songs to hum or sing in my head, I got a lot out of reading all the different prayers and focus my mind on God before I start my day. It gave me a much needed structure, voice, and vocabulary to pray. And much of it was just beautiful to read. I am continuing to use it in my daily life to hold me accountable and keep me in ...more
Sean Post
Nov 04, 2014 Sean Post rated it really liked it
Claiborne and company have created a readable, accessible, pray-able liturgy. They have taken great care to represent the diverse traditions that compose the Body of Christ. This is a fantastic introduction into the world of liturgy for those who may be unfamiliar. That was pretty much me before this book.

As an aside, I'm not sure I agree with every aspect of Claiborne's theology (e.g. some of the stories he tells emphasize his stance of unconditional non-violence and pacifism). However, I'm wi
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Zac Talbott
May 26, 2015 Zac Talbott rated it it was amazing
An amazing collection of prayers and liturgy for every day of the year... Useful for lay Christians for home and personal devotion as well as for church leaders in finding new prayers and liturgy to incorporate into corporate worship. This is something I would recommend to ALL people of faith without reservation.
Joshua Casey
Feb 06, 2013 Joshua Casey rated it really liked it
A wonderful introduction into fixed-hour prayer. If you want something more involved, look to Phyllis Tickle's Divine Hours.
This ecumenically-produced work includes prayers, daily readings and songs from nearly every branch of the faith, as well as beautiful art and practical ways to "be the answer of our prayers." Good stuff.
Sara
Jan 24, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is excellent. I love the prayers and the historical notes.

Unfortunately, the audiobook is hard to navigate. I bought it from audible. Unfortunately, the chapters are numbered, not named. There are almost 400 chapters! I have made several bookmarks for myself, and I can usually figure out where I need to go from a bookmark, but it is a pain.
Paige
May 01, 2011 Paige rated it it was amazing
This large book is guided prayers, scripture and song for each day of the year. There are different morning prayers for 365 DOY, mid-day prayer is the same for each day and a different evening prayer for each day of the week (S, M, T, W, Th, F, S). I don't get to it every day, but it is neat to do with your spouse or with the kids.
Christi Flagg
Jun 18, 2012 Christi Flagg rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I'm enjoying this daily devotional/reader. I think I needed some structure in my prayer life and this is definitely old-school structured. I wish I could read it out loud more, but my cat gets intense when I'm talking to no one and decides I'm in need of intervention. Now I want the travel version to have on my desk at work.
Lance Schaubert
Feb 09, 2014 Lance Schaubert rated it it was amazing
A great companion to the real book of common prayer, this volume modernizes the daily morning liturgy, organizing it more like a daily devotional and less on the church calendar. Because of this, it will help return us to the holy days.
Beth
Aug 30, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
Fabulous reminder that "devotions" aren't just happy thoughts about God, but times to reflect on scripture, song, history and current events, and to pray pray pray. Very well done, theologically sound, and quite accessible.
Jeff
Nov 30, 2015 Jeff rated it it was amazing
This is a great resource for daily prayer, devotion, or quiet time. I've used this daily in Kindle format for the past two years and with good effect. Helpful prayers, quotes and information as an aid toward the conscientization of one's place and faith in a world among others in need.
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My love of God and my love of the arts seem to have begun simultaneously. I can not remember which awed me first. By age eight I was both an avid collector of crucifix pendants and a writer of poems. Thankfully those first poems are lost somewhere on the African continent.

Fast forward years later through stints in English boarding school, pew-warming in Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyter
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“Clarence Jordan, co-founder of Koinonia Farm, wrote, “The Good News of the resurrection is not that we shall die and go home with him, but that he is risen and comes home with us, bringing all his hungry, naked, thirsty, sick, prisoner brothers with him.” 4 likes
“Lord, free us from our self-deception and attune our hearts to your Spirit, that we might remember how you humbled yourself, and learn to serve one another, whatever our disagreements. Amen.” 4 likes
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