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In the Land of the Living: Prayers personal and public

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In the Land of the Living: Prayers personal and public

By Ken Sehested, co-pastor of Circle of Mercy Congregation in Asheville, NC and founding director of BPFNA.

Designed both for personal use and community worship, “these prayers are jumper cables from the pew to the world”—and “as meaningful re-read as first-read” (Maren Tirabassi, co-author of Before the Amen: Creative Resources for Worship). With riveting use of images drawn from the Bible—imaginatively applied to a contemporary context—Sehested’s exquisite poetry illustrates how “faith is always personal but never merely private” and affirms that “redemption is for the world, not from the world.”

What others are saying: “In the Land of the Living is the cry of a modern psalmist” (Rose Marie Berger, poetry editor for Sojourners magazine). And “readers will be led beyond themselves in this poetry” (Walter Brueggemann, well-known author and biblical scholar). “Sehested offers prophetic, mercy-filled, prayerful poetry that demands deep soul-work” (Taylor Burton-Edwards, Director of Worship Resources, United Methodist Church).

“This book is made with silk and steel, muscle and music.”
—Dale Roberts, Warren Wilson College

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