Poetic Intercessions: Artful Prayers For a Friend
Format: Paperback, 136 Pages
Dimensions: 6.14 x 9.21 inches
by Randall William White
Foreword by Luci Shaw
Illustrated by Tiffany Cable
Thomas A Kempis said, “We must develop our skill as carefully as an artist if we want to live intimately with Jesus.” When Randy White’s friend fell ill, he decided that he would pray for him weekly for a year, but not in some endless repetition of “God, please heal my friend.” He would labor over his prayers, not only in the praying but in the crafting, using the language of the heart. Remarkable things began to happen, things that all of us who pray for loved ones could learn from. Historic poetic prayers from across the centuries and from many cultures are included, as well as insights for crafting your own poetic intercessions.
These vivid and imaginative pictures bring into clear focus specific and spiritual needs in words that help us to envision precisely what our friend requires and how God might reply.
Author of Breath for the Bones
Randall William White’s previous books have been concerned with helping people see the city with new eyes, to connect their lives with the beauty and drama there, experiencing urban poor neighborhoods as a product of the artistic hand of God. Raised for a time in a gallery, Randy soaked in a creative life, and now pursues a life of urban service marked by the intersection of prayer and poetry, mosaic and meditation, scripture and stained glass. He and his wife Tina live intentionally in a neighborhood of need in Fresno, California.