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by Stanley Hauerwas


This book offers about a hundred prayers that Stanley Hauerwas has prayed at the beginning of his classes at Duke Divinity School.

This book offers about a hundred prayers that Stanley Hauerwas has prayed at the beginning of his classes at Duke Divinity School. I am familiar with his name, but I had never read any of his work before, so I was intrigued to read this one. What makes this book of prayers so refreshing and somewhat unique is that it is completely genuine and honest. There doesn't seem to be any hint of pretense, not a shred of saying what we're supposed to say when we pray.

This small book is nothing like any other Hauerwas book. It consists of prayers Hauerwas has written to be prayed before class in his ethics course. Hauerwas tells the story in Hannah’s child: Sometimes Paula reminds me what I am supposed to be about

This small book is nothing like any other Hauerwas book. Hauerwas tells the story in Hannah’s child: Sometimes Paula reminds me what I am supposed to be about. For example, she asked me if I prayed before class.

Prayers Plainly Spoken book.

Stanley Martin Hauerwas (born 1940) is an American theologian, ethicist, and public intellectual. Hauerwas was a longtime professor at Duke University, serving as the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School with a joint appointment at the Duke University School of Law. In the fall of 2014, he also assumed a chair in theological ethics at the University of Aberdeen.

Title: Prayers Plainly Spoken By: Stanley M. Hauerwas Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 132 Vendor: Wipf & Stock Publication Date: 2003. Dimensions: . 4 X . 5 (inches) Weight: 6 ounces ISBN: 1592441378 ISBN-13: 9781592441372 Stock No: WW441379

Title: Prayers Plainly Spoken By: Stanley M. 5 (inches) Weight: 6 ounces ISBN: 1592441378 ISBN-13: 9781592441372 Stock No: WW441379.

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In this book Stanley Hauerwas returns to the basics of "doing" theology. Prayers Plainly Spoken Wipf & Stock Pub (January 20, 2003). If anything, these prayers are plain. Revisiting some of his earliest philosophical and theological views to better understand and clarify what he has said before, Hauerwas explores how theological reflection can be understood as an exercise in practical reason. Hauerwas includes chapters on a wide array of topics, including "How I Think I Learned to Think Theologically," "How the Holy Spirit Works," "How to Write a Theological Sentence," and "How to Be Theologically Funny.

"If anything, these prayers are plain. They are so because I discovered I could not pray differently than I speak. In other words, I thought it would be a mistake to try to assume a different identity when I prayed. I figured (Texans 'figure') that God could take it, because God did not need to be protected. I think I learned this over the years by praying the Psalms in church. God does not want us to come to the altar different from how we live the rest of our lives.So writes Stanley Hauerwas in the introduction to this collection of prayers, as inimitable as the widely respected (and argued with) theologian is himself. Originally prayed in Hauerwas's divinity school classroom - on a variety of occasions including war, births, Yom Kippur and the death of a beloved cat - they not only display an invigorating faith but demonstrate how late-modern Christians can pray with all the passion, turbulence and life of the ancient psalmists.
Modred
I've been using this book of prayers from Uncle Stanley for years. Some of the prayers are dated now, but this book has also helped me write my own prayers. What this book has done that others hasn't has shown how using every day language can be a powerful, meaningful, and understandable way of leading in corporate prayer.
Mitynarit
honest and genuine payers
Monin
First time to read Prof Hauerwas but already sharing his words with others. Certainly one I will delight in reading often.
Hilarious Kangaroo
This book offers about a hundred prayers that Stanley Hauerwas has prayed at the beginning of his classes at Duke Divinity School. I am familiar with his name, but I had never read any of his work before, so I was intrigued to read this one.

What makes this book of prayers so refreshing and somewhat unique is that it is completely genuine and honest. There doesn't seem to be any hint of pretense, not a shred of saying what we're supposed to say when we pray. Instead, he is brutally forthright with confusion, frustration, and even anger. I've never read a book of prayers quite like this.

My primary critique, however, is somewhat common in prayer books. There are a number of times when it seems that Hauerwas is primarily preaching through his prayers, ultimately communicating to the listener more so than God. Though he remains utterly frank in this context, it seems that he departs from the ultimate purpose of prayer, which is communication with God.

Ultimately, I am glad to have read this book. Though it could easily be read in one sitting, I chose to read it over a series of months in small chunks during a regular prayer time. Hauerwas is engaging and challenging, two descriptive words that are all too rare for prayer. I recommend "Prayers Plainly Spoken."
Tygrarad
For a theologian who insists that Christian theology is about the task of learning to pray, a book of his prayers is very helpful to understanding his theology. Certainly these short prayers contain the nub of what he expresses elsewhere in his work. Thus, this book serves in some ways as a primer to Haurewas' thought. More importantly, the book is a challenging book of prayers that may be prayed so that God can change his Church to be a people conformed to the image of his son Jesus Christ.
I disagree with the other reviewer that Hauerwas is a "self-righteous demagogue." Indeed, one would be hard pressed to advance that Hauerwas sees 11 September 2001 as the judgment of God on America. While other Christian "leaders" advanced that view, that view would be in fundamental theological contradiction to other prayers in the book.
Instead, Hauerwas is expressing his deep conviction that Christians must be peaceful people. How could one pray "Save us from our American Power" without also praying "Mercy for the War-Dead?"
Here is that prayer: "Dear Lord, at our feet lie dead Iraqis, dead Kuwaitis, dead Kurds, dead Croats, dead Slavs, dead Salvadorans, dead Americans, dead Palestinians, dead Israelis, dead Jews, dead children, dead Christians--dead, dead, dead. We ask your mercy on these war-dead sisters and brothers. We ask for the same mercy for ourselves, for our failure to be your peace, to be the end of war. Save us from the powers that capture or imagination so we think our only alternative is war. We know we cannot will our way to peace, for when we try we end up fighting wars for peace. So compel us with your love that we might be your peace, thus bringing life to this deadly world. AMEN."
What some take to be Hauerwas' bombastic approach is really a frankness that is refreshing to read. These prayers reveal a person who lives and feels (read "On the Death of a Cat") and is on the journey with the rest God's people.
Agantrius
If you hate Hauerwas (and everybody does, at least a little) then stay away from this one. But if you have wrestled with him and are at peace with his idosyncratic, unique perspective, then you will find some gems in here. This is good for devotional use. Its useful for finding phrases for leaidng prayer in certain corporate worship settings. It is helpful for theological reflection.

From time to time my Orthodox Reformed theology bristles at his Arminian (though unevenly so), Neo-Orthodoxy. That's not the point. If you want a 'safer', more staid, noble, reformed set of prayers, get Hughes O. Old's excellent Leading in Prayer: A Workbook. But if you wnat a challenge and a laugh, Hauerwas is great.

BTW -- also a great dustjacket, a handy size, good typeface, and a nice tight binding by IVP (as usual).
Sataxe
Hauerwas claims in the introduction that he's not a poet. That's one time when he's wrong. In these prayers, he seems to me to be doing what a poet does, remaking language. These prayers are beautiful, almost despite being written in our Christian language that has been so worn out for so long. These are definitely not typical sentimental, flowery prayers. Instead, as the title of the volume suggests, they're plain, and all the better for it. As other reviewers have noted, there's an edge here (often a humorous one), and that's a good thing. There's a sense of immediacy present that demands from the reader a loss of complacency and also a sort of revisioning of life. And it seems like making those sorts of demands are exactly what good poets and theologians do. This is well worth a read.
Hauerwas doesn't just pray in a plain fashion ...
The classical language of the Christian tradition is brilliantly woven in, with snippets of belly-splitting subversiveness (e.g. his prayer to the Ultimate Reality at a Duke University academic luncheon). Hauerwas' enemies may like to retitle this book "Prayers Vulgarly Spoken", but he also has a prayer for them, too!
This only gets a 4 star, because some of the other theology books I've rated are true classics (in comparison). But this does not take away from the FUN and CONVICTION that Hauerwas brings to the stuffy halls of theological reflection.
Prayers Plainly Spoken ebook
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Stanley Hauerwas
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