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Embracing the World: Praying for Justice and Peace

ISBN: 978-0-470-39076-4
176 pages
December 2002, Jossey-Bass
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Embracing the World is your guide to finding a deeper relationship with God through prayer and to seeing how your prayers can contribute to healing the world. Author Jane E. Vennard helps you understand how to best use your spiritual gifts and graces to serve God as well as the cause of peace and social justice here on earth.

Embracing the World reveals the twofold nature of prayer: as both contemplation and action. Vennard explains that prayer is a cycle where prayer leads to service and service leads to reflection and back to God. Throughout the book, she explores many different forms of outward-reaching prayer and includes a wealth of vivid descriptions, helpful explanations, captivating stories, and biblical and theological reflections.

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Preface.

1. Grounding Ourselves in God.

2. Praying for Others and the World.

3. Praying with Our Actions.

4. Praying for Renewal.

5. Praying to Be Transformed.

6. Praying for Discernment.

7. Trusting the Mercy of God.

Afterword.

Notes.

Suggested Reading.

Acknowledgments.

The Author.

Index.

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Jane E. Vennard is the author of three previous books on prayer and is a popular speaker, retreat leader, teacher, and spiritual director. This book grows out of her teaching at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, where she witnessed firsthand the many shifts in her students' lives as they began to focus their prayer in new ways and to discern what actions they might take to promote justice and peace in the world around them.
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