Clint Baldwin – Prayer. The Simplicity of Complexity? The Complexity of Simplicity? Both? And We Wonder Why People Don’t Pray More…

MaryKate Morse - A Guide to Prayer

I want to share with you today a few thoughts that Clint Baldwin, from George Fox Evangelical Seminary, was shared on his web page on a new book on prayer by MaryKate Morse. Here is the beginning of the article.

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MaryKate Morse’s A Guidebook to Prayer offers a multiplicity of windows into the character and the heart of the Triune God. What’s great about Morse’s work is that she well recognizes the simple truth that “one size doesn’t fit all.” And even if one size were to fit all people at one time or another, one size certainly doesn’t fit all the people all the time. Morse offers all kinds of ways forward for growing in faith in all kinds of different moments and seasons of life.

It really is a guidebook. The book walks you through 24 different forms of prayer practice differentiated under three broad section headings of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

I like this text; actually, I find it rather fabulous. I think texts like this are eminently valuable. I appreciate the sources utilized and the obvious authenticity that has been put into this work.

I recognize and agree that people often seek and need guidance in moving “forward in” or “more deeply into” prayer – that is, in really learning the “how is it done” pieces of the process. Morse’s book does this well and does it with grace and wisdom.

In fact, I know that after offering this review sometime in the future, I will go back and reread this – perhaps some of the chapters multiple times – and appreciate again the wisdom that is offered.

Read HERE the entire article, including a very meaningful story on prayer from the short writings of Leon Tolstoy.



Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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