Sarah Bessey – A Rhythm of Prayer

I received this book as a free copy in exchange for a review from NetGalley.

I thought this was a great collection of prayers and meditations, although like some previous NetGalley books, I think my experience was diminished by the fact it was an ebook not a physical copy (this is in no way a reflection on the book itself, I just feel like it would lend itself better to something physical).

The book is comprised of contributions from a number of well-known and not so well-known (to me at least) authors, but although I couldn’t directly relate to each chapter, I could tell each one was written filled with heart and soul. Some were written to be read as a prayer, some as a guide to prayer, some as a meditation on how the author experiences prayer.

What the book wasn’t, was a book of straightforward prayers you could just reel off before you go to bed. It was full of challenge and things to make you think more deeply. It was full of ideas to make you think more creatively about the way that you’re praying. For example, one of the ideas was written in the form of a recipe which was so inspired and completely unique.

I think if I read this book a hundred times, a hundred different things would resonate with me, it’s the kind of book you want to come back to again and again to feel lifted and provoked into action by the words contained within.

I would like to share a couple of my favourite quotes, to give you a flavour of what you might expect:

“They prayed living room prayers because you don’t have to be inside the four walls of a church to cry out to the God who made you. Because no matter where you sing or scream or whisper God’s ears can hear you. And despite what the laws say or what our human flaws say God’s ears don’t play favourites.”

Isn’t this a perfect prayer for the situation we find ourselves in now, all separated from each other and from the church building we would usually gather in. How comforting to be reminded that God can always hear us.

“You don’t have to be productive and you don’t have to change the world. You’re already so loved.

You don’t have to be smart. You don’t have to be simple. You don’t have to read all the right books by the right people. You’re already so loved.”

I could share many more quotes, they’re all saved in my phone for me to come back to when I need reminding of how loved I am and how precious my relationship with God is. But I would whole-heartedly recommend you pick up a copy of this book. If it’s physical, make use of the journalling space at the back, and just savour the beautiful words within.

My rating: 4Average rating: 4.71
176 pages. Published in: 2021
Read in Ebookon 14th-26th January 2021

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