‘Other Prayers of Jesus’ represents the third volume in the ‘Other’ trilogy by John Henson. Like volumes one and two, ‘Other Prayers’ opens up a new and alternative way of understanding an important item of Christian spirituality. Just as traditional Christianity has made heavy weather of temptation to sin, and sought to use Holy Communion as a means of excluding the unworthy, so prayer has been made unnecessarily difficult and challenging for the believer, thereby setting a limit to the number of ‘saints’.
This call to adventure and freedom in the name of Jesus is a substantial work that follows the career of Jesus as portrayed in the gospels, showing the part that ‘talking with God’ (as the author prefers to call prayer) plays in the development of Jesus’ ministry, in particular his inclusion of the outsider. Three important strains in Jesus’ life of prayer are identified, namely ‘reflection’, ‘contemplation’ and ‘meditation’, with an examination of all the occasions on which the gospel writers picture Jesus in prayer.
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To read John Henson is always to look at things from a fresh angle. Sometimes with a jolt, he opens up new and earthy glimpses of God's grace. ~ Peter West, Christian Aid area co-ordinator
John Henson's accessible style and personal anecdotes reveal a keen mind and some shrewd teaching no prayer. I found the book hard to put down. ~ Revd Gray Featherstone, Anglican priest
John loves his Bible and knows it...The heart of John's theology, though, is Jesus. All that we believe about God and his ways must be seen through him. ~ Dr Michael Ball, , former member of the Baptist Union Council, music co-ordinator of Baptist Praise and Worship