Have you ever read a really good book and you want to share it with others?
I was just introduced to Tish Harrison Warren’s book, Prayer in the Night. I bought it almost immediately from Amazon, hoping the momentum would not leave me before receiving it. My shelves are lined with books I once wanted to read, but momentum passed…
Since Amazon delivered it “Prime,” I didn’t have much of an excuse. So, I cracked it open the evening I received it and entered into a whole, new world.
It wasn’t like reading The Hobbit and entering a fantasy world, but it was almost as different. As an evangelical, I haven’t “read” prayers and was guilty of much of the prejudice she talked about in her Prologue (yes, I read prologues…). She’s an Anglican priest. I pray when I feel like it while she prays the prayers of the “Hours.”
But her story in the Prologue gripped me – we both pray when we are desperate, completely vulnerable to the world and dangers in it.
As she said, “I needed this moment of crisis to find its place in something greater: the prayers of the church, yes, but more, the vast mystery of God, the surety of God’s power, the reassurance of God’s goodness.”
That thought captivated me – having a crisis find its place in “the vast mystery of God, the surety of God’s power, the reassurance of God’s goodness.”
And I couldn’t wait to read more…
PS – Please buy the book by Tish Harrison Warren, Prayer in the Night! I’ll be writing about my impressions, chapter by chapter, but there is SO MUCH MORE!