Talk Less Pray More Book - A World Prayer Band Publication (USA) - from Sort It AppsW hy do we pray? Out of habit and duty? Do we pray so we can get stuff from God? Now, I believe there is nothing wrong with asking God to bless us. However, this is just one small but important reason why we should pray.
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There are differing views on the history of the Rosary. The exact origin of the Rosary as a prayer is less than clear and subject to debate among scholars. The use of knotted prayer ropes in Christianity goes back to the Desert Fathers in the 3rd and early 4th centuries. These counting devices were used for prayers such as the Jesus prayer in Christian monasticism. The period after the First Council of Ephesus in witnessed gradual growth in the use of Marian prayers during the Middle Ages.
I found out later that it had been compiled as a labor of love by his wife, following his death in She took her notes from all of her husband's presentations and put together this remarkable, daily guide that has impacted the lives of millions. Dana and I introduced this book to our children, Ashley and Allyson, when we held our morning devotions. Our girls patiently listened, but later admitted they were clueless most of the time about what Chambers meant. I have to agree, Chambers is an acquired taste. His use of the English language is a bit daunting, probably stemming from his professorial bent, and the change in the meaning of words over the past years.
There seems to be no end of making books. Some are academic. Others are biographical and fiction, and some are religious devotional volumes. Sometimes a book catches my eye because I know the author, or because of a recommendation by a friend or colleague. Those tend to float to the top of my stacks. One I received recently pricked my interest because it shares a similar title to a book I received from the estate of one of my mentors.