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How can we trust God in the dark?

Framed around the nighttime prayer of Compline, Tish Harrison Warren, author of Liturgy of the Ordinary, explores themes of human vulnerability, suffering, and God's seeming absence. When she navigated a time of doubt and loss, the prayer was grounding for her. She writes: "It was this practice that gave me words for my anxiety and grief and allowed me to reencounter doctrines of the church - the church's claims about reality - not as rational, tidy little antidotes for pain but as a light in darkness, as good news." Where do we find comfort when we lie awake worrying or weeping in the night? This book offers a prayerful and frank approach to the difficulties in our ordinary lives at work, at home, and in a world filled with uncertainty.

©2020 Tish Harrison Warren (P)2021 eChristian

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-08-21

Loved it.

Warren's way of bringing theology and an understanding of church and faith ritual into the everyday is really useful to me. What does faith look like and how can it be maintained not only in the thick of things but drowning in the mundane aspects of life especially when there is no end in sight for your pain? Where do we find grace in scripture and in the church and how do we as individuals and as the church meet those in their suffering?

As someone who sometimes finds it difficult to have a relationship with and see the heart in ritualistic prayer, Warren's explanation of and own love for it gives me a new appreciation for it.

After owning Warren's first book in paperback, audible, and kindle form, I pre-ordered this book without hesitation. And I am glad I did.

Zimmerman's narration is also great. I have looked for and listened to other books she has narrated before as well.

I will definitely listen to this again.

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  • Whaid Guscott Rose
  • 21-03-21

A new Christian Classic!

Loved it; was deeply moved. This is the kind of book one reads over and over again. Narrator was excellent.

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  • Joshua Mahar
  • 04-02-21

Excellent!

This is a beautiful mediation on the Keep Watch prayer in the BCP. Very helpful as we wrestle with the fact of suffering and the reality of a good and present God.

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  • Christina
  • 10-11-21

This book is a must read

It soothes the souls and more importantly points i to our back to a good loving and compassionate father who is acquainted with our sufferings and who continues to invite us into His comfort. Tish has such a gorgeous way of communicating all of this through her own personal stories and experiences. Her writing is a gift.

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  • Joel
  • 31-08-21

A must read for those who question the goodness of God

I have been a Christian for over 10 years now. The last 4 years have been the hardest years of my life with God. I truly have authors like Greg Boyd and Tish Harrison Warren to thank for writing work that points back to the truths of God. This book has softened my heart a great deal and I will be listening to this book at minimum once a year if not quarterly. Thank you for the amazing book and for all your service to God and the women/men/children around you.

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  • D. D. Desmond
  • 21-06-21

Helps to answer the big WHY. Why evil and pain?

She takes a deep dive into how to cope with the hard times in life, which we all experience in one degree or another. Very insightful. Hopeful. Peaceful.

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  • Tiffany
  • 24-04-21

Beautiful book

Beautiful book on prayer, reflections on pain and suffering; and also joy, beauty and pleasure; and ultimately God's constant love for us. Inspired me to view prayer in a new light.

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  • Thomas Aaron Vansant
  • 11-04-21

Amazing and insightful

I was aware of the Compline but had never used it regularly as a spiritual practice. Tish's excellent walk through along with her compelling story all in her own voice makes this a must listen.

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  • Krisie
  • 15-03-21

excellent

An excellent book, part apologetics, part practical and all beautiful! our culture is terrible at grieving, this book not only acknowledges this but goes beyond with helpful stories and practices.

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  • Eric Schumacher
  • 21-02-21

Incredibly Encouraging Book

Tish Harrison Warren offers sound hope to those in the darkness who long for light.