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2000 Years of Prayer

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The most extensive collection of Christian prayers available is now in paperback. Tracing two thousand years of Christian spirituality, it contains prayers from every era, every continent and every tradition. This extraordinary anthology provides a compelling and comprehensive portrait of the ways in which men and women have expressed their longing for God through the centuries. Arranged chronologically, 2000 Years of Prayer covers every significant era of Christian experience: prayers from the early church in East and West, the Coptic Church, Celtic traditions, medieval and monastic spirituality, Italian spiritual writers, Teutonic mysticism, the Protestant Reformation, English Roman Catholics, the Puritans, Pietist, Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, and much more. A brief introduction to each chapter outlines the defining spiritual characteristics of the age and traces the development of our understanding of prayer. Biographies of authors whose prayers are included, as well as an index of authors, themes, and subjects, are included.

644 pages, Paperback

First published May 1, 1999

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October 7, 2014
This is not a book to read quickly. It requires slow contemplative, meditative reading. It has taken me four years to read from start to finish. Each year I am privileged to be able to have a private prayer retreat. I don't normally take a book to read except my Bible; but the past few years I've taken 2000 Years of Prayer along. I read the prayers of others as one might use a prayer book.

I especially appreciated the headings for many of the prayers that help place them in context. This book not only gave me words to use in prayer, but also served as an inspiration for my faith. I was encouraged to know that there have been Christians expressing their faith in prayer since the days Jesus walked on earth.

My copy is now dog-eared and marked up with yellow highlighters. I look forward to returning to the prayers contained therein for years to come.
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