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Food for Prayer

Kevin Mayhew

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Tempting ideas for daily nourishment
Food for Prayer offers an imaginative prayer suggestion for every day of the year, rejoicing in the fact that the ordinary stuff of life can be food for prayer. It follows the changing seasons and the Church’s cycle of feasts and festivals so that whenever we begin, prayer may find its place in the rhythm of our days.
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I knew I needed a different kind of prayer book when I tried to use the one I had bought, many years ago, full of good intentions. It offered a Bible reading and prayer for every day – just the thing, I thought, to buck up my prayer life that Lent. Outside, a menthol-fresh March wind was clearing the sky and spring was bursting into bright green life; inside, with my prayer book, I faced a walloping great chunk of Leviticus and a long prayer. I felt unequal to it, and besides, I had the children to drop off at nursery and a car which was due for its MOT that morning. A meditation on the laws of the sabbath did not seem to have any connection at all with my life that day.

So when I began work on Food for Prayer, I wrote the kind of book I wanted to use myself. I wanted a book which took notice of the church’s seasons and the weather outside the window; I wanted a book which was easy to use, which suggested different approaches to prayer that didn’t always involve words; above all, I wanted a prayer book which made connections between ordinary, everyday life and God.

These daily prayer suggestions rejoice in finding food for prayer in the ordinary stuff of life: there are prayers inspired by bare feet, sunflowers, Pirates of the Caribbean, windbreaks, bonfires, Doctor Who, football matches and more. They acknowledge that we are praying people who also watch TV, go shopping and eat dinner with our families. Just as Jesus came to live among ordinary people doing everyday things, so we should expect to meet him in our daily lives, not just when we are in a holy place or prayerful frame of mind. This book encourages us simply to turn to God where we are, and try different ways of tuning in to him.


Product Code1501142
NameFood for Prayer
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorClaire Benton-Evans
Short DescriptionTempting ideas for daily nourishment
Pack Size1
Size210mm x 297mm
Count448 pages
Date Published23 Dec 2008
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"I reckon this volume is a good investment." Review by Barry Vendy @
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If you feel the need for input to refresh and revive your prayer life, then I commend this book to you. Claire Benton-Evans has brought together a very helpful collection of brief readings and prayers, one for every day of the year – so you can pick it up and start using it at any time – plus a few extras for special occasions and festivals. These suggestions are ‘unashamedly eclectic’ (as the author puts it), drawn from such varied sources as the Bible, hymns and blessings, poetry (from R. S. Thomas to Pam Ayres!) and films (from ‘O Brother, where art thou?’ to ‘Spiderman’!). They are grouped by common themes, for example sensory prayer, the acronym ACTS, prayer directions, ‘back to school’, footprints, the body, weddings and ‘angels and devils’. And there’s so much more! I reckon this volume is a good investment. (Posted on 06/08/2010)
Food for Prayer Review by Diana Jones
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I dived into this book when it arrived, and was completely bowled over. I was deluged in delight at its commonsense, its insight and wisdom; dazzled by its wit and sparkle, like sun glinting on water; and entranced by the ideas thrown up like spray ascending in fountains. A valuable book both for those who pray, and for those who would like to know how. (Posted on 27/04/2010)

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Claire Benton EvensClaire Benton-Evans writes exclusively for Kevin Mayhew. Her consultancy work includes all-age worship workshops and children’s spirituality training for clergy, worship leaders, head teachers and school governors.

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