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Worshiping with the Church Fathers

by Chris Hall

Christo­pher Hall invites us to accom­pa­ny the fathers as they enter the sanc­tu­ary for wor­ship and the chapel for prayer. He also takes us to the wilder­ness, where we learn from the ear­ly monas­tics as they draw close to God in their soli­tary dis­ci­pline. The focus of this book is not litur­gy but more broad­ly wor­ship in its cor­po­rate and indi­vid­ual dimen­sions. We enter into the patris­tic under­stand­ing of bap­tism and the Eucharist. And we come under the instruc­tion and dis­ci­pline of great spir­i­tu­al teach­ers of prayer. In two pre­vi­ous books, Read­ing Scrip­ture with the Church Fathers and Learn­ing The­ol­o­gy with the Church Fathers, Christo­pher Hall has ush­ered us along­side the church fathers as they study the Scrip­tures and plumb the depths of the­ol­o­gy. In this sur­vey of the spir­i­tu­al life of wor­ship he informs and chal­lenges Chris­tians in faith­ful liv­ing today. Hall weaves his own expe­ri­ences into his obser­va­tions of the fathers’ prac­tices and teach­ings and so helps us close the gap of the cen­turies. Read­ers will enjoy a rich and rare school­ing in devel­op­ing their spir­i­tu­al life.

2009

Recommendations

Hall has accomplished an important task for Protestants and Evangelicals by bringing these complex and beautiful texts to light. . . . From cover to cover it is an invitationto consider the beauty and insight of the early Christian tradition of prayer and practice. The richness of the likes of Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, and John Cassian reach out to any reader--academic, pastoral, or lay.
Joshua Brockway, Brethren Life & Thought

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