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I found the chapters on "theory" very helpful (though some of it was more practical stuff than theory in my opinion). The examples in the later chapters are helpful but I didn't feel it necessary to have that many examples, especially with multiple examples for a single holiday or topic. One thing I would have liked to see covered is if a church doesn't currently have prayers of the people of the sort they talk about, what would be a good approach to trying to introduce it. ...more
Incredibly practical and readable breakdown of how to write the Prayers of the People, which extends to help in writing other liturgies, as well. Very accessible even for those (like me) who do not come from a liturgical background, with helpful, warm, communal explanations for the "why" behind the frameworks offered. ...more
Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher have given the church an important gift with their recent work Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intersession. This book is a richly theological and immensely practical exploration of intercessory prayer in public worship. It is a short, yet highly engaging, read – 77 pages of exposition (chapters 1-5) followed by approximately 76 pages of example prayers. As the lead pastor of a Protestant church, I found my liturgical imagination ignited in a new way ...more
This is a really fine book of liturgical theology with a particular focus on the prayers of intercession. Along the way are practical suggestions around language, gestures and movements that will enhance worship. I've been in ministry over 25 years but still found this to be a valuable book with significant depth. ...more
Samuel Wells (PhD, University of Durham) is vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church at Trafalgar Square in London. He previously served as dean of the chapel and research professor of Christian ethics at Duke University. Wells is the author of several books, including Be Not Afraid, Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics, and Transforming Fate into Destiny: The Theological Ethics o ...more