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Inter-Varsity Press Sacramental Life: Spiritual Formation Through the Book of Common Prayer

Discover a brand-new way to use The Book of Common Prayer. You'll experience renewed growth and intimacy with God as you journey through the sacramental rites of baptism, Eucharist, marriage, and burial. Features deSilva's perspective on ancient wisdom; unique insights; and devotional exercises that will elicit a transforming understanding of God's grace. 260 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
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Focused discussion of living based on sacraments

Date:January 4, 2013
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Location:Roanoke, VA
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For a lay person, this discussion of the sacraments and how to apply them to my life has been very useful.
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Date:July 16, 2010
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If you have ever wished your experience of communion was deeper and more meaningful, this book is for you. DeSilva actually explores four of the sacramentsbaptism, communion, marriage and burial. There are quite a few chapters devoted to each of these sacraments, and each chapter has practical exercises designed to help you grow closer to God through the lens of these sacraments. Reading this book has enhanced my understanding and experience of the sacraments. The chapters are short, and I try to concentrate on one each week. Although the book references the Book of Common Prayer, Christians from less liturgical traditions should not be put off. My background is with independent evangelical churches, with a few Baptist churches thrown in, and I have found my spiritual life to be enriched by my exposure to some of the beautiful prayers that are part of this tradition. While prayers from the Book of Common Prayer can never be a substitute for our own heartfelt prayers to God, they can help us get out of the rut of just asking God to fill our wants, rather than focusing on Him and His work. They can also teach us how better to pray. In any event, this is a wonderful book for deepening your relationship with God and with others. DeSilvas style is warm, down-to-earth and engaging. He has a spiritual sensitivity that many other authors do not. I highly recommend this book.
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