Friday, May 11, 2007

RESOURCE ~Pray Without Ceasing: Revitalizing Pastoral Care

From page 190: "This book has argued for the centrality of prayer in the work of pastoral care. When pastoral care begins in prayer and leads back to prayer, God is glorified, and God's people are drawn into rich spiritual communion."

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From the website:

Taking seriously Paul�s exhortation in 1 Thessalonians to "pray without ceasing," Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger challenges pastors and congregations to put prayer at the center of their Christian practice and theological reflection. In this thought-provoking book Hunsinger reclaims spiritual practices from token use and unites them in a dynamic network of interdependent caring traditions.

The book begins with the three foundational disciplines of spiritual reading, careful listening, and self-reflection. Hunsinger then explores prayers of petition, intercession, confession, lament, and thanksgiving. Finally she offers practical, workable suggestions for developing pastoral care groups and teaching care-giving skills at the congregational level.

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