THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER: A Biography
Hardback: Princeton University Press, 2013.
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Reviewed by Bob Cornwall.
I was born, baptized, and confirmed in the Episcopal Church (though today I am a Disciples of Christ minister). When I was confirmed at the age of twelve at St. Paul’s in Klamath Falls, I received my own copy of the Book of Common Prayer (1928), which I still have with me. This Prayer Book would be supplanted in 1979, but by then I had departed for other parts of the body of Christ. Although it has been many years since I was last a member of the Episcopal Church, my own spiritual life has been indelibly influenced by the liturgy I grew up with, a liturgy that was bound up in this venerable book. I should note, however, that even prior to my departure, St. Paul’s was making use of alternative Eucharistic liturgies that were more in tune with the times. That is, less beholden to traditional forms of language.