Review by Len Evans on 2006-03-07
Doug Pagitt shows us thirty different prayer postures along with brief instructions, a poem that can be used as a prayer or a guide for each prayer and space to journal your experience. This book is a natural overflow of his Church: Re-Imagined. My favorite concept in that book was how he expressed that we should create new spiritual disciplines for our age and pass them on to the next generations. Tony Jones in The Sacred Way looks back for developing spiritual disciples and Pagitts book creates a spiritual discipline. It is the practical side of the church that is emerging. The only thing that I would like more suggestions on would be the prayer time during the prayer posture. Is the posture the prayer in itself? Is it a reminder of the attitude we are to hold to during the prayer? I think it is both and I do not think Pagitt would care, as a pastor I am guessing he desires people to develop a stronger prayer life in ways they are comfortable with. I would be comfortable with most of the thirty different postures. The ones I would not be comfortable with reflect my personal preferences rather than some theological rationale. I love the idea behind this little book, to incorporate our whole self into our worship and using the physical to remind us of the spiritual.