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Kneeling with Giants: Learning to Pray with History’s Best Teachers

Book Review By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Gary Neal Hansen is assistant professor of church history and theology division at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He is also an ordained Presbyterian minister with the Presbyterian Church USA.

Hansen commends the creativity of the Great Artist in giving human beings so many ways to pray. With energy and precision he has selected ten master teachers of prayer down through the centuries and matched each of them with a specific prayer method. The book is divided into four sections.

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Fear

Fear makes you crazier than safer,
Not worth the protection you pay for.
Fear’s what you feel about what you don’t know
That prevents you from knowing.

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As Well as a Bed

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

As well as a bed
We need an inner space where stillness lives.
As well as a roof
We need the shelter loving gives.

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Beneath My Skin

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

Beneath my skin
I’m flesh and bone;
There’s more to me than you can see.

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Life Is for Living Now

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

Life is for living now;
Not moaning or groaning,
Avoiding, disowning,
Life is for living now ! (WOW)

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I’m Glad I’m Alive

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

I’m glad I’m alive, I’m glad that I see
There’s never been anyone quite like me.

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I Am a Lovable Person

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

I am a lovable person,
One of the children of God.
I shall enjoy being myself
Even though some think I’m odd.

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When I Dream

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

When I dream I see the grumpy people smile
And the crying people wipe away their tears.

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Litany Based on John 1:1-14

In the beginning was the Word …
It all started with an act of divine self-expression.
and the Word was with God …
It all comes from the center of God.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Texts: John. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Readings.
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