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Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  2,085 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Experience a deeper prayer life through this fresh take on ancient liturgy for believers today.

Designed to help individuals, families, and congregations pray together across denominations, this book of common prayer will help you and your community join together each day with the same songs, scriptures, and prayers. Composed under an advisory team of liturgy experts, thes
Hardcover, 590 pages
Published November 28th 2010 by Zondervan (first published November 9th 2010)
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I finally ordered a hard copy of this prayer book. I have been using the online version ( 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
Gideon Yutzy
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. The 'dates read' doesn't compute because I use it on an ongoing basis, in case it makes any difference to you, which I seriously doubt it does (sadly). Anyway, I use this book in the morning to get the day off to a good start. Well worth your money, I can assure you.

Everything about Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals is perfect--the length and selections of scripture passages, the prayers, the history... everything. If you want to expand the liturgy, you can print off other hymns and pray
Nicole T.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've come back to this book in various forms over the past few years. I use the app but my favorite is the audio book. I know the liturgy is meant for community but I don't have a community to practice it with right now. So, I immerse myself in the sounds and pray right along, especially when I am feeling the most isolated. These words ground me and are always timely prayers. It isn't a read through kind of book but is one that has become part of my life. ...more
Aug 14, 2012 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.
Aug 12, 2011 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 ther ...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
Valerie Ohle
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church-theology
I love this book. It's inspirational. My teenage daughter liked it so well, she has her own copy of it. I can't wait to use it to plan vesper services, and just as a daily devotional, it is so very good. ...more
Ben Smitthimedhin
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian-living
A little too social-justicey for a prayer book. Because of its emphasis on prayers for racial reconciliation, end of class oppression, etc., the liturgy tends to become a little overbearing. To add to this weight, Claiborne has decided to negate confession-absolution altogether for morning prayer (which is the majority of this book). Rather than receiving the comforting and liberating words of the Gospel, the reader is reminded frequently of her unearned privilege (if she happens to be white or ...more
Jan 14, 2013 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,
Aug 04, 2011 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. ...more
Feb 01, 2011 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. ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only thing better than this book would be the full text hardcover edition!
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you have an evangelical background and are just dipping your toes into liturgy, this is the book for you.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: faith
I received this prayer book for Christmas last year and have used it for the bulk of 2020. I like the inclusion of stories of the saints and I like its bent towards social justice. The sections at the start and end of each month with practical ways to live out one's faith have been encouraging in the politically fraught climate of 2020.

All that being said, there are things I don't love. I understand the desire to create a lectionary that is annually instead of a three year cycle, but that leads
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
It's ok. A pretty good format for structuring your prayers and getting some Bible each day. It's massively focused on social justice, which I've found helpful for me. But I often found myself wishing for more focus on God himself, the glory of Jesus and the wonderful promises of the gospel, rather than purely physical needs - not something you probably should have to wish for in a prayer book. ...more
M Christopher
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marked as "Read" but I will be using this book for personal devotionals and possibly as public liturgy for years to come. A delightful effort at an a la mode daily lectionary which can be utilized for private or public use. ...more
T Fisher
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy on ramp to a daily rhythm of prayer.

If you are looking to bring some rhythm to your prayer life. This is a good tool to do that. Couple it with the app and experience a deeper awareness and rhythm with God.
This is a great prayer book. It is meant for small groups, house churches and families. I love to use it by my self too because of its language and focus.
Michel Duarte
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! We’ve been using it as family and the kids love it too. Well at first my son hated it but now he is the first to ask for for us to read it together in the morning.
Beckie Hinze
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book met me during a unique year of my life. I will pick it up again and again.
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent resource I will be using for awhile...perhaps forever!
Sam McBratney
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply superb!
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Encourage your Faith

I recommend this book for those who want to improve their prayer life! The prayers are so inspiring and help me to see how great God is!
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book has changed my prayer practice, not in the way of ritual, but in the way of depth in the presence of God and my love for others whom he made and in my convictions about what to do with our time here on earth. It will continue to be a book I use almost every day.
Josh Morgan
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (

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
Dec 16, 2010 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
Janet Richards
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite daily inspiration for prayers bigger than my wants.
Mar 06, 2011 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
Dec 15, 2011 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
Oct 26, 2015 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 th ...more
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Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living "as if Jesus meant the things he said." Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and ...more

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