The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2021
Hardback: IVP Books, 2021
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Learning Compline, this “prayer of others” has been beneficial to me in this troubled year of sickness, shutdowns, and racial tensions. I realized I lacked a language to respond to the nightly news, so I mostly got angry at politicians. Tish Harrison Warren has given us a gift that can help us “groan” more meaningfully as we “eagerly wait for the creation to be set free from bondage” (Paul’s Letter to the Romans, 8:19-26).
I urge you to get this book and pause to really consider the heavy load each of us carries under our stoic front. And then to pray Compline again and again. Prayer in the Night should be read by every person who aims to bear the burdens of others—every pastor and counselor, every husband and wife, every mother and father, and every adult child who never considered their parents’ wounds and worries. However, I should warn you that this may not be the book for you if you are looking for an escape. This work requires participation and is not for the faint of heart.
– from our review by ERB contributor Mark Bair
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