This summer, the Wild Goose Festival will be honoring Phyllis Tickle (recently diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer) by incorporating prayers from her Divine Hours prayer book (Pocket Edition) into the schedule of the festival.
If you will be coming to the Festival, it is recommended that you bring a copy of this prayerbook with you…
Don’t have one? You can purchase it here:
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith,
Founding editor of The ERB
Having grown up in an evangelical church where liturgy was completely foreign to me, Phyllis Tickle’s Divine Hours was my first introduction to praying the daily office. My introduction came as my wife and I were living with an intentional Christian community during our first year of marriage. It was refreshing for me not only to pray several times each day alongside the sisters and brothers with whom I was sharing life, but to pray the prayers that Tickle had assembled from a wide swath of the Christian tradition. Praying The Divine Hours has always felt like an immersion into the deep river of God’s transforming work in history, and such a radical shift from my evangelical childhood, which situated its faith in a minimal and almost non-existent historical context.
Although the original Divine Hours books provide a rich order of prayer that circles the clock, it is unwieldy to take the original books along when one travels (even if only taking the single volume for the current season), and only one of the original three volume set has been converted to a Kindle ebook format. The Pocket Edition came in response to the challenge of transporting The Divine Hours, and is the perfect solution to take Tickle’s prayerbook on the road with you (when you go to places like the Wild Goose Festival). Built around a simplified weekly cycle of prayers with seven offices of prayer for each day, the Pocket Edition also includes “Traditional, Seasonal and Occasional Prayers.” The Divine Hours is an ideal prayerbook for those churches in traditions that do not have their own prayerbook, and the Pocket Edition is wonderful introduction to The Divine Hours for people who are just beginning to dip their toes in these deep liturgical waters or for those who want a portable edition of this work that they can easily carry with them as they travel.
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com