Prayer in the Night - For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep

Prayer in the Night - For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep

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ECPA Christian Book of the Year

Christianity Today Book of the Year

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IVP Readers' Choice Award
How can we trust God in the dark?
Framed around a nighttime prayer of Compline, Tish Harrison Warren, author of Liturgy of the Ordinary, explores themes of human vulnerability, suffering, and God's seeming absence. When she navigated a time of doubt and loss, the prayer was grounding for her. She writes that practices of prayer "gave words to my anxiety and grief and allowed me to reencounter the doctrines of the church not as tidy little antidotes for pain, but as a light in darkness, as good news."
Where do we find comfort when we lie awake worrying or weeping in the night? This book offers a prayerful and frank approach to the difficulties in our ordinary lives at work, at home, and in a world filled with uncertainty.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 147 x 223 x 25mm | 370g
  • Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Illinois, United States
  • English
  • 0830846794
  • 9780830846795
  • 53,796

Table of contents

Author's Note

Part One: Praying in the Dark


1. Finding Compline: Nightfall

2. Keep Watch, Dear Lord: Pain and Presence

Part Two: The Way of the Vulnerable

3. Those Who Weep: Lament

4. Those Who Watch: Attention

5. Those Who Work: Restoration

Part Three: A Taxonomy of Vulnerability

6. Give Your Angels Charge over Those Who Sleep: Cosmos and Commonplace

7. Tend the Sick, Lord Christ: Embodiment

8. Give Rest to the Weary: Weakness and Silence

9. Bless the Dying: Ashes

10. Soothe the Suffering: Comfort

11. Pity the Afflicted: Relentlessness and Revelation

12. Shield the Joyous: Gratitude and Indifference

Part Four: Culmination

13. And All for Your Love's Sake: Dawn


Discussion Questions and Suggested Practices

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Review quote

In the tradition of Anglican poet-theologian memoirists like Elisabeth Elliot and Barbara Brown Taylor, Tish Harrison Warren offers a personal exploration of the evergreen problem of theodicy. And like the prayer from the Book of Common Prayer that it unfolds, this lovely book holds out the light of Christ to us at a time when the shadows in our world seem only to grow longer.--Wesley Hill, associate professor of New Testament at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, and author of Spiritual Friendship
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About Tish Harrison Warren

Tish Harrison Warren is the author of Liturgy of the Ordinary, which was Christianity Today's 2018 Book of the Year. She is a weekly contributing newsletter writer for the New York Times and writes a monthly column for Christianity Today. She has worked in ministry settings for over a decade as a campus minister with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries and as the writer-in-residence at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Comment Magazine, The Point, and elsewhere.
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