Pray Without Ceasing
Taking seriously Paul’s exhortation in 1 Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing,” Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger challenges pastors and congregations to put prayer at the center of their Christian practice and theological reflection. In this thought-provoking book Hunsinger reclaims spiritual practices...
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Taking seriously Paul’s exhortation in 1 Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing,” Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger challenges pastors and congregations to put prayer at the center of their Christian practice and theological reflection. In this thought-provoking book Hunsinger reclaims spiritual practices from token use and unites them in a dynamic network of interdependent caring traditions.
The book begins with the three foundational disciplines: spiritual reading careful listening self-reflection Hunsinger then explores prayers of petition, prayers of intercession, prayers of confession, prayers of lament prayers of thanksgiving. Finally she offers practical, workable suggestions for developing pastoral care groups and teaching care-giving skills at the congregational level.
Clergy and laity alike will reap the benefits of this revitalizing look at the spiritual disciplines as dynamic forces in the life of the church.
Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger (Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City) is professor of pastoral theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained Presbyterian minister, she is interested in educating clergy and laypeople to offer theologically sound and psychologically informed pastoral care in the church. As a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, she has received extensive training in a variety of therapeutic modalities, having worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She is a member of the Society for Pastoral Theology and of the Karl Barth Society of North America. Her major publications include Theology and Pastoral Counseling: A New Interdisciplinary Approach (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1995), The New Dictionary of Pastoral Studies, ed. Wesley Carr, Donald Capps, Robin Gill, Anton Obholzer, Ruth Page, Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, Rowan Williams (SPCK and Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2002) and Pray without Ceasing: Revitalizing Pastoral Care (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2006).