Kneeling with Giants Paperback
Learning to Pray with History's Best Teachers
by Gary Neal Hansen;
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Kneeling with Giants
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This guide to prayer is rooted in centuries of Christian tradition. In each chapter you'll meet a figure from church history, such as St. Benedict, Martin Luther, John Calvin, St. Ignatius, Teresa of Ávila and Andrew Murray. You'll learn how each of these spiritual giants uniquely connected to God through prayer.
Each chapter provides an opportunity to practice a different method for prayer, including the divine office, the Lord's Prayer, the Jesus Prayer, healing prayer and meditation on the Psalms. In the process your own prayer practice will be refreshed and renewed.
Journey into church history and enliven each day of your prayer life.
Kneeling with Giants by Gary Neal Hansen was published by IVP (USA) in May 2012 and is our 49735th best seller. The ISBN for Kneeling with Giants is 9780830835621.
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Kneeling With GiantsMelanie Carroll, via The Good Book Stall
Kneeling with giants is an excellent primer on the differing modes and styles of prayer that have arisen from across Christian history and tradition. It's an excellent guide to understanding how important it is that we understand that there is not one way to pray for every person but that instead there are styles of prayer that suit each individual or time of life for each person regardless of their faith tradition and denomination. Prayer is not a dormant activity but an active one and as such prayer patterns and needs can change. This book crosses denominational and faith boundaries as it looks generously and insightfully at a mix of Catholic, Reformed Protestant, Orthodox, etc. prayer styles. Each chapter is a wonderful introduction to the practice of prayer as put forward by a leading proponent of its style and tradition, thus a small glimpse into its history but also a good look at how this style works, why it works and how it can best be used. The appendixes at the end and indeed the preface explain how this book can be used either by individuals or better still by groups. The ten sessions it would take to work through this book would be an excellent experience for any church group and well worth undertaking - particularly wonderful, I think, if it was done by a churches together / ecumenical group.
The one criticism I have though is that the ebook version, as it informs you from the beginning, has an extra 'reader' or companion volume included with it. I think it a serious injustice that you are expected to also buy the ebook version to obtain access to this. There is no reason that online access to the companion volume should not be made available to those that have purchased the book in print form.
This book on its own is an excellent read and I do not feel I have missed much by not having access to the companion volume. I will not be paying out extra money to buy the ebook just for this collection of 'reader' material, which with a little effort can largely be found for free on the internet anyway.
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"Here is a book that invites each of us to learn how to pray. Not only is Gary Hansen a superb scholar and historical theologian, he also writes with a personal warmth and earnestness that makes his readers feel safe and encouraged as they trace with him the journeys of a company of remarkable men and women from Christian history. The mark of each was that they cared deeply about prayer, and because of that we are enriched as we learn from them. Hansen also invites us to experience our own life of prayer as we learn from this rare community of brothers and sisters--people like St. Benedict, Martin Luther, Ignatius of Loyola, St. Teresa of Ávila and Andrew Murray. I was personally challenged and encouraged in each chapter, and I recommend this book enthusiastically."
Details for Kneeling with Giants
|Page last updated||19th January 2016|
|Author / Artist||Gary Neal Hansen|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||IVP (USA) (May 2012)|
|Number of Pages||237|