“’Where could I go from your presence, Lord?’ is more than a rhetorical question these days. Where my journey has taken me has been something I could never have plotted or planned. No road club could have printed out maps for this trip. Yet, I never left the palm of your hand.”
So begins one of Gloria Gaither’s prayers in her newest release, A Book of Simple Prayers. “There was a span of time,” she said, “when prayers came whenever I began to write. I could not begin whatever project was before me until I cleared my mind of the prayer that was tumbling from my heart onto the page.”
After collecting these intimate moments with the Savior into notebooks, now this collection of 71 prayers, praises, questions, and conversations lay at our fingertips. The author has put into words what the reader often feels, thinks, and wonders.
A Simple Book of Prayers is ideal as a devotional. The reader can use one prayer each day as a springboard for your own quiet time with the lover of your soul, or drink several prayers in great gulps.
Many of us grew up singing the 700 songs written and composed the husband and wife team of Bill and Gloria Gaither, watching Homecoming videos and DVDs, attending Homecoming Friends concerts, and reading the 42 books Gloria has authored and co-authored. Gloria considers herself a lyricist. As an artist, her medium is words. This book will be appreciated by those who have long loved the music of the Gaithers, and anyone who is looking for a way to celebrate the intricate occasions of life from loneliness to households full of loved ones, from the birth of a new baby to the death of a family member. With Gloria we can pray, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7 NIV)
An index at the back lists the prayers by title and first lines. A second index allows the reader to find prayers by topic. -- PeggySue Wells, ChristianBookPreviews.com
Life greets us in different ways each day: We experience joy, confusion, doubt and grief. We walk through seasons of loneliness and times of closeness with God, family and friends. Each event, the birth of a new baby, the death of a loved one, the sound of a familiar melody, can be an occasion for prayer. In A Book of Simple Prayers, beloved songwriter Gloria Gaither shares the prayers she has prayed in moments like these. At times questioning, playful, trusting or anxious, this collection of Gloria's prayer poetry is a medley of honest and open-hearted conversation with God. With her renowned mastery of language and matchless instinct for just the right turn of phrase, she invites us to pray along with her, expressing our hopes and heartaches to the God who listens.