My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This second edition is very similar to the first. It's a nice, handy 145 page glossy hardback guide to prayer. It has a simple "rule" for morning, midday, evening and night prayers for each day of the week. David Adam, accomplished author on Celtic spirituality who was vicar of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne for thirteen years, draws from several sources, some historical and others contemporary, to color the daily rhythm. Though it is geared for communal prayer, it is still usable for those who are alone.
Each day of the week resounds with a specific theme. Sunday is resurrection; Monday reflects on creation; Tuesday is shaped by incarnation; Wednesday is filled with the Holy Spirit; Thursday thinks about community; Friday gazes at the cross; and Saturday recalls the fellowship of the Saints. There are short litanies; Psalm recitations; small Scripture readings; praises; and collects. About ten years ago I obtained copies of the earlier edition for everyone living at home and we used it for a year in family worship. And I have recently picked up the second edition and utilized it in my personal daily devotions.
The main differences between the first edition and the second are visual. Not only has it been turned into a glossy hardback, but the cover is a soft set of blues with a watercolor beach scene. The art work between the covers has changed as well, leaving behind the more Celtic textures and taking on an abstract pencil sketch. The textual changes are minor, mainly moving away from the "Alternative Service Book" of 1990 and moving toward "Common Worship: Daily Prayer".
If you're looking for a tool to help keep you on track with daily prayer, "The Rhythm of Life" will work. If you're in need of a break from your normal devotional routine, this prayerbook would be a great way to give you a temporary change-up. Or maybe your in a communal setting, such as a deployed military unit, college fellowship, or retirement facility, and you have compatriots who desire to pray together, this is ideal for such settings. The volume will fit in your purse, slide into your satchel, and unobtrusively sit on your desk. This little prayer book is ideal for anyone who would benefit from a structure or routine to keep them "praying without ceasing". I highly recommend it!
My happy thanks to Church Publishing, who sent me a copy of the second edition used for this review. The thoughts contained in this review are freely given without any demands or stipulations by the publisher.
You can obtain a copy here: "Rhythm of Life: 2nd Edition"
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