• Pray without ceasing  A Life of Prayer

I am not very good at prayer…

An unexpected and unusual opening sentence for a book about prayer. And a declaration from the beginning that Pray without ceasing is basically a journey of exploration, an exercise in unpacking something that is constant within the Christian tradition, a reflection on Paul’s command to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), an invitation to join the author, Geoffrey Lilburne as he recalls his own experiences of learning to pray, what prayer is like, how prayer ‘works’ in various times and ages and situations.

Pray without ceasing  A Life of Prayer also considers the discipline needed for prayer, persistence, learning from others within the tradition, including the desert fathers and mothers, considering the advice of acknowledged teachers like John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Henri Nouwen. It records journeys, study, encounters with groups, deep theological refection, ministries in various countries and places. It lists prayers that have helped the author to find words that express his life of prayer and his desire to share that life with others.

Pray without ceasing is honest, recalling failures, distractions and difficulties as well as celebrations and successes. It is the story of a journey that many will find familiar, inviting, encouraging. Above all, at its heart, a reminder that it is the free gift of the Holy Spirit that works in each of us, helping us to grow in prayer and, finally, allowing us, tentatively, to describe what prayer is and what it means to pray without ceasing.

Geoffrey Lilburne is a theologian and poet, with qualifications in counselling and professional supervision. A retired lecturer in theology, he is a Uniting Church minister in active ministry with a rural congregation in Western Australia. He has a love of Australian landscapes and raises beef cattle on his small farm in the Chittering hills. Geoffrey is married to Sophia Lizares; between them they have five grand-children, who are scattered in various corners of the globe.

Author Geoffrey Lilburne
Pages 78
Publication Date 02 May 2022
Imprint Coventry Press
ISBN 9781922589118

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