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Guide to Prayer: For Ministers & Other Servants

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A best seller for more than a decade! This classic devotional and prayer book includes thematically arranged material for each week of the year as well as themes and schedules for 12 personal retreats. The authors have adopted the following daily format for this prayer book: daily invocations, readings, scripture, reflection, prayers, weekly hymns, benedictions and printed ...more
Paperback, 418 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Upper Room Books
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David Woods
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An incredible guide to daily time with the Lord. Includes prayers, numbers of great quotes/passages from spiritual giants over the last 2,000 years, themed time in scripture, etc. So many good nuggets in here. Introduced me to many great authors, also a great format for prayer, scripture, journaling, solitude, etc. Only took me 1 1/2 years to get through, there are 52 weeks laid out, if I didn't get to read most days of the week, I'd do that week over. If you are looking for some structure to yo ...more
Michael Philliber
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it
A functional devotional for ministers. Each day has a great opening prayer, then a scripture reading that seems to have very little rhyme or reason; A Psalm for the week; a set of eight or nine readings from various authors like George MacDonald, Henri Nouwen, Theresa Avila, Gregory of Nyssa, Charles de Foucald and many others; space for silent and written, reflection; A hymn for the week; and a benediction. There are also twelve monthly retreat models, maybe something a covenant group could use ...more
Katherine Szerdy
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I learned of this book in 1988 from my pastor at the time, Rev. James A. Harnish, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Orlando, FL. I have enjoyed this lectionary-based devotional along with the companion volumes, A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God and A Guide to Prayer for All Gods People ever since. Although I have tried other devotionals, I find myself coming back to these three volumes which contain 52 chapters revolving around the theme of the lectionary readings for each week for each c ...more
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A solid book for those who prefer to actually read the Bible rather than read about it. This devotional guide provides planned daily readings, psalm readings, outside "readings for reflection" an invocation and benediction. Fifty six weeks of materials and twelve retreats.

This is much different than picking up a book by Max Lucado or Chuck Swindoll in that it provides an outline of texts to read each day of the week rather than a "chapter a day" meditation filled with the author's insights. Rueb
John Dobbs
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly love this book. Each week there is a Psalm, a set of readings, a listing of the Revised Common Lectionary passages, an outline for devotional, a hymn, and select readings from people like Henri Nowen and many others. I enjoy each week's selections and also the way it helps guide the prayer. It has been an immense help for me. There are also guided retreats, and I would like to do one of those soon. If you are not a Minister (or other servant) I still think you would gain a lot from it. T ...more
Susie Webster-toleno
This is a solid devotional. I like the fact that it is not lectionary related, so it's use has nothing to do with sermon prep and everything to do with relationship with God. As a pastor I find it easy to overlook that in my devotional time, believe it or not. The language is kind of old, and the scholars and theologians quoted don't represent a very broad spectrum of thinkers, but what's there is good. There have been seasons in my life where this is been a wonderful devotional for me, and othe ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have found this to be a very useful guide to daily devotion. One does not read it straight through; rather it is worked through, studied through with the Bible, and prayed through. If you use this book as it is intended, it will become dog-eared and tear stained. I am marking it as “read,” and in one sense I have read it; on the other hand, I have not “finished” it. At the end of a year I am beginning again.
Jun 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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THis is one of the best - if not the best devotional book I've ever owned. I have had it since the early 90s and have used it at different times since.
Rick Edwards
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found this guide extremely helpful at a very difficult time in my life. I recommend it--it could be right for you, too.
Over the years I have tried a number of devotionals. Most seems either too simplistic or to ethereal. I have found A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants to be refreshing and challenging at the same time. Even though I have read through each of the chapters several times, they continue to be fresh and challenging. I have lost count of how many copies of this book I have given out. Nearly everyone has loved it as much as I, often gifting this book to others.
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shawchuck and Job have created and presented what I deem as my favorite devotion series. I adore how each week is devoted in an organized way which is aligned with the liturgical calendar. Having additional author quotes, a weekly hymn, Old and New Testament readings. Exquisite depth and strength is here.
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the best devotionals that follows the liturgical year. I reflect on it often, and recommend it to many clients and friends. It brings me into an attitude of worship. Also has a section on private retreats and devotionals for the individual who wants to seek god in such a way.
I'm always reading this book. I use it for guided prayer, devotions, and scripture reading. It receives the highest marks from me. I do not always find myself agreeing with the authors that are quoted, but are we supposed to always agree with everything we read?
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This has long been my daily devotional guide each morning. I've used it for 15 years now and it's still as fresh as the first day I began. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tremendous guide to daily devotions and prayer for people serving in the church or in ministry. It is the only devotional you will ever need!
Paul Beighley
Highly recommended to all clergy!
Angelica Dobynes
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Year Long Devotional.
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