Mercy & Melons: Praying the Alphabet

Mercy Melons is a collection of lyrical meditations that encourage the reader to pray the alphabet Each chapter focuses on a letter of the alphabet and an accompanying spiritual practice By naming an everyday object and a theological theme readers are given elegant takeaways to spark the imagination as well as engage the practice of prayer In the Hebrew acrostic tMercy Melons is a collection of lyrical meditations that encourage the reader to pray the alphabet Each chapter focuses on a letter of the alphabet and an accompanying spiritual practice By naming an everyday object and a theological theme readers are given elegant takeaways to spark the imagination as well as engage the practice of prayer In the Hebrew acrostic tradition, praying the alphabet served as a pathway to memorization as well as a prompt for thoroughness Even so, praying the alphabet puts all of the letters into God s presence for God to arrange the letter of a person s unspoken prayers.Drawing on this rich tradition, the book adds two dimensions First, it encourages eyes to see the word made flesh in the nouns the melons and grasshoppers of daily life And second, draws the reader into the word by asking the reader to articulate and name the specific ways that came alive for them each day Praying the alphabet is a practice as timeless as the Old Testament and for every day that ends in Y This book offers momentum for the journey of prayer and paying attention.Mercy and Melons
Mercy Melons Praying the Alphabet Mercy Melons is a collection of lyrical meditations that encourage the reader to pray the alphabet Each chapter focuses on a letter of the alphabet and an accompanying spiritual practice By naming an

  • Title: Mercy & Melons: Praying the Alphabet
  • Author: Lisa Nichols Hickman
  • ISBN: 9781426795985
  • Page: 293
  • Format: ebook
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    1. Mercy & Melons: Thanking God for All Good Gifts from A to Z presents a memorable and rememberable way to "pray always" and to perceive God's hiddenness in the smallest, most mundane objects and events. Lisa Nichols Hickman Prays the Alphabet by pairing a clearly theological or scriptural concept with one not obviously immediately so. "Mercy & Melons" in the title, Grasshoppers and Glory for letter G, Yellow and Yahweh Y. The Hebrew bible book of Lamentations and several psalms model an a [...]

    2. This is a prose book written by an author with a poet's heart if ever I saw one. She suggests a new way of forming our prayers, based on the alphabet. You pair up the name of a common object with a theological attribute. They must both begin with the same letter. Then you ponder possible connections and insights about God and life. Lisa Hickman gives us her own examples in separate chapters ranging from A to Z. Mercy and Melons, of course, is her contribution for the letter M.She believes it's a [...]

    3. I tried at first to read several letters' worth of lessons (thoughts? ideas? a plan for a daily devotion? - each letter includes some of each). But this really didn't work for me, because each letter demands more time and thought than a quick read-through. I found I would miss too much if I read more than 2 letters at a time, so that is what I settled in for. Lisa Nichols Hickman introduces each letter with a pair of words (but often, more ideas for words are included within the short, 3-4 page [...]

    4. I read one "letter" chapter a week this year. This book is lovely, inspirational, funny, and a great tool learn to establish a pattern of praying the alphabet. Well done Lisa Nichols Hickman! I look forward to more of your writing.

    5. though this is a lovely book, it isn't really what I was hoping for when I ordered it. This is, for the most part, theological essays that put together two objects from each letter of the alphabet; one object is ordinary and daily, and the other is a more theological word. This may have been the fruit of the author's efforts in "Praying the Alphabet", but I would have liked a book of actual prayers, or something that would give me a little more guidance in praying the alphabet myself. I find it [...]

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