For hundreds of years, Christians have observed the "Daily Office"—prayers offered to God at regular times of the day. This practice,now experiencing a wide resurgence,can help your prayer life become a vital, lifelong conversation with God. Seeking God's Face provides a simplified daily office—intended for once-a-day use—designed especially for thoughtful Christians. Inside you'll find an entire year of daily prayers and readings, each featuring seven elements, including
- an opening prayer
- a psalm and Scripture reading
- suggestions for personal prayer
- a prayer based on a classic creed or confession
- a closing blessing
From the foreword by Eugene H. Peterson: "Seeking God's Face melds prayer and Scripture into a companionable guide for becoming a participant—both listening and speaking—in the great salvation conversation that is the Christian gospel."
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"We have found that using Seeking God's Face as a congregation has led us into a deeper understanding of the rhythms of the church year, and has given us a beautiful sense of God's presence through Scripture." —Jodi Cole Meyer, Director of Arts and Outreach, EverGreen Ministries, Hudsonville, Michigan
"Inspired in every sense of that word and masterfully compiled, Seeking God's Face is a prayer book always and everywhere to be treasured. From our very beginnings, we have understood that fixed daily prayer is just as necessary to the fully realized Christian life as water and food are to the body's sustenance. The problem for many Christians—and especially those from Reformed branches of the faith—has been the lack of prayer tools and prayer books that accord with their communal traditions. Now in this one volume, Philip Reinders gives the Church not only a solution to that problem but also a God-drenched prayer tool suitable for all of us." —Phyllis Tickle, Compiler, The Divine Hours and The Words of Jesus—A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord
"Philip Reinders has rendered us all a profound service by preparing this superb guide for guide for prayer. For all of us who know we are weak in prayer, this volume will train us in habitual practices that lead to delightfully fruitful conversations with God." —Marva J. Dawn, theologian, educator, and author of Keeping the Sabbath Wholly and Being Well When We're Ill, Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia
"Phil has significantly lifted the quality of devotional life in putting together in one book important components: the biblical text, worship, prayer and reflection. This is a tool for daily faith-development that I've looked for in some years. What an enormous gift. An important book to keep handy for daily devotions. It is one of a kind." —Dr. Brian C. Stiller, Tyndale University and Seminary
"I have observed the daily office for many yearsand am always looking for new resources. Seeking God's Face is a great addition to reading list. Its short, encouraging daily prayers are soothing and uplifting. Just what I need to get my day started." —Christine Sine, Executive Director, Mustard Seed Associates
"As a former parish priest in Wales (for about 15 years), I immediately saw the value of the book-and wished it had been available 15 years ago! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful—a Mary Poppins book—"practically perfect in every way." I love it all, and am particularly delighted to see the creative use of confessions from the Reformed tradition in the beautiful prayers. I can't praise the book highly enough, and I'm recommending it everywhere I go." —Christopher Webb, President, Renovare, www.renovare.us
"I think this is a wonderful gift to foster intentional Christian piety with a Reformed accent. It would be a marvelous way for those new to the Reformed tradition to connect themselves not just to the doctrines of Reformed theology but also the practices of Reformed piety." —James K.A. Smith, Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College; Executive Director, Society of Christian Philosophers