In this follow-up to A Book of Blessings ... and how to write your own, Ruth Burgess has collected short prayers about friends, enemies, relationships and the particular moments and places of our daily lives.
There is much wisdom and humour in these prayers, while some of them contain strong thoughts and words. 'Saying what we mean to God,' writes Ruth Burgess in her introduction, 'is more honest than tiptoeing around the issues and concerns we find disturbing or difficult. To write with integrity is to write within the traditions of the writers of the psalms.'
Three prayer-writing workshops are also included:
- A Haiku Prayer Workshop
- Writing Personal Prayers
- Writing Intercessory/Bidding Prayers.
Friends and Enemies is offered as a resource for personal prayer and public worship, and as an encouragement to both individuals and congregations to be creative and courageous in their prayers.