>> Tuesday, February 15, 2011
BOOK REVIEW - IN CONSTANT PRAYER by Robert Benson
Posted 02/15/11: This book is not what I expected. It's not just another book on prayer as every author seems compelled to put out these days. I am glad I read it, and while it's not a concept I'm going to adopt, I think there are some who could find it helpful and even fruitful. The prayer Robert Benson discusses is "praying the hours"; praying at appointed times of the day. Morning Prayers, Nooontime Prayers, Evening Prayers, Bedtime Prayers - all of which we could use, but also that which most people find themselves to busy to stop at designated times of the day to just pray. Does that mean that we never pray? No, I don't believe that and neither does the author. But he has found that these prayers would only take 12 minutes to say...maybe we could find four increments of that short time to talk to the God who loves us each day, and maybe more when we have more time. Benson's book provides many more details about this process of prayer, called the Daily Office. It's worth a read.