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By helping us to read holy writings with ancient eyes, the church fathers help us drink deeply from the only water that can give us true life. This guide to prayer and reflection combines excerpts from the writings of the church fathers as found in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture with a simple structure for daily or weekly reading and prayer. There are fifty- ...more
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Published April 11th 2007 by IVP Books
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Jeffrey Romine
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this as a daily devotional and found it thought provoking. On occasion the early fathers come up with interpretations of passages that just never would've crossed my mine. I found it interesting. ...more
Evan Hays
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, gotta be honest that I didn't read this cover to cover, but i enjoyed what i did read a lot. It was a devotional for this church year, and the new one starts tomorrow, so time to move on. The wisdom from the church fathers and mothers was always interesting, if sometimes hard to piece together. ...more
Andrew Tucker
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Still reading through this but as a devotional the structure remains the same and I want to clear out my currently reading. Well-balanced with Scripture readings along liturgical calendar as well as reflections from the Fathers and Mothers of the early church and prayers.
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Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Beginning with Week 41. I've never read a devotional book of this sort before. In fact it's been a long time since I read a devotional, at all.

Stopping with the new year to switch to Cycle C.
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Tim Norman
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have not been part of churches in the liturgical tradition. After reading James K. A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom last year, I decided to add something liturgical into my life. Every Sunday morning, I read through Oden's compilation which follows the biblical readings set out in the liturgical calendar. Each weekly reading starts with an ancient prayer, then an OT reading with 3-4 ancient church comments on the passage. After the assigned Psalm reading, there is an NT reading with a few ancien ...more
Gary
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
These run Advent to Advent, so we finished this one off today. As always, there was much to enrich through the year. Augustine always stands out, not matter how good the others are.

Loved it.
Tim
Oct 01, 2008 rated it liked it
If you like old dead guys like I do, this is a great way to work some into your daily devotions. Readings and prayers from the church fathers are put alongside weekly Scripture readings from the lectionary.

The richest part for me has been the prayers. For a week you pray the same opening and closing prayers (the other readings I divide up throughout the week), and the repetition has helped me go deeper into these prayers than I normally would. As is so often the case when praying the Psalms or
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Eric Thomas
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My Second Daily Faith tool. This has been a fantastic work and has proven to be both a constant revelation and solace to me in my daily walk of faith.
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One of my daily companions for the year.
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Thomas C. Oden was Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology and Ethics at Drew University in New Jersey from 1980 until his retirement in 2004. He remained faculty emeritus until his death. He was the general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and the Ancient Christian Doctrine series as well as the author of Classic Christianity, a revision of his three-volume systematic theol ...more

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