Author Kristen Johnson Ingram was photographing Native American dancers at an Oregon powwow when an official tapped her on the shoulder and asked her to stop taking pictures. "This is the prayer the dancer is doing," he explained. For people...
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Author Kristen Johnson Ingram was photographing Native American dancers at an Oregon powwow when an official tapped her on the shoulder and asked her to stop taking pictures. "This is the prayer the dancer is doing," he explained. For people of faith, Ingram realized, there are many forms of prayer besides the ones we speak with our lips: devout Jews bow while reading Torah; Episcopalians stand, sit, or kneel in church; exuberant Christians raise their arms; and mystics of all denominations walk while murmuring the Jesus Prayer. As Christians, we can use our entire bodies to praise God, transforming simple acts like hearing music, looking at shafts of sunlight, or walking in the woods into acts of prayer that celebrate God's presence in everyday life. Beyond Words is a book for spiritual adventurers who seek new ways to pray. Readers can put into practice the concepts they find here, making the book not just a source of inspiration but a springboard to action that deepens their prayer lives and draws them closer to God.
Kristen Johnson Ingram is an award-winning author of twenty-two books, both fiction and nonfiction, and a frequent contributor to Weavings. She also works as a national writing coach, editorial consultant, and retreat leader from her home in Springfield, Oregon.
- Foreword; Explorefaith.org Books: An Introduction; Chapter One: Doing Prayer; Chapter Two: Walking Into The Fire Of Prayer; Chapter Three: Walking The Sacred Circle; Chapter Four: A Prayer The Dancer Does; Chapter Five: Sacred Hearing; Chapter Six: Making Music, Making Prayer; Chapter Seven: The Prayer Of The Eye; Chapter Eight: Gazing Into Mystery; Chapter Nine: Making Art, Doing Prayer; Chapter Ten: Hands In The Earth: The Prayer Of Planting; Chapter Eleven: Hearth Prayers; Chapter Twelve: Holy Food; Chapter Thirteen: The Wedding Banquet; Chapter Fourteen: Sacred And Secret; Chapter Fifteen: Beyond Doing