God Be in My Head

The Sarum Prayer

Ken Wilson

Oct/2019, 112 Pages, PAPER, 5 x 7

ISBN-13: 9781640651661



The Sarum Prayer is a remarkably accessible ancient prayer with contemporary appeal—memorable, physical, genderless, and mystical. It is suited for use throughout the day, invoking a God who inhabits all things, including our senses. Like the Serenity Prayer, it appeals to those relying on God to get through their day.

This book offers a step-by-step introduction to the prayer that fosters improved conscious contact with God. With forty short meditations, it draws the reader into the different aspects of the prayer each day and can serve as an easy access Lenten guide. These short essays are designed to mediate an enhanced experience through daily use.

Though field-tested as a Lenten prayer guide, it is a devotional suitable for any time of year, making connection with God possible even to those not steeped in a religious tradition.

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Audience: Recovery groups, those seeking conscious contact with God, practitioners of The Divine Hours™

KEN WILSON was a friend and prayer partner of Phyllis Tickle. He authored A Letter to My Congregation: An Evangelical Pastor's Path to Embracing People who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender, into the Company of Jesus (David Crumm Media). To practice full inclusion, he and Emily Swan co-founded Ann Arbor Blue Ocean Church and co-authored Solus Jesus: A Theology of Resistance. Ken has written in the field of spirituality, most notably Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms in Prayer (Thomas Nelson, 2009) which Phyllis Tickle called "hands down ... the best book on prayer I have ever read."

"Ken Wilson has mined an ancient gem of spiritual practice and rendered it with a contemporary twist that enlivens body, mind, and spirit. This short guide is a wellspring of wisdom that can carry us through the journey. Like a serum that nourishes the soul, the Sarum Prayer creates and fills the desire for an intimate and abiding fellowship with the divine."
—Rolf Nolasco, Professor of Pastoral Theology Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

"Not only did I enjoy Ken's meditations, but his theology of prayer is spot
on. I'll be using this book for my morning prayers in Lent this year."
—Bonnie Perry, XI Bishop, diocese of Michigan

"In this heartfelt book, Ken graciously and gently invites us to join him for forty days in pondering the unique, ancient, yet very contemporary Sarum Prayer. With biblical, theological, psychological, and spiritual insights, as well as personal experiences, he illumines the fascinating, practical implications of this simple/profound prayer."
—Donald H. Postema, author

"All of us need help praying from time to time. The Sarum Prayer stands apart because it incorporates our whole lives and our whole selves. Ken Wilson gives us the time to internalize this prayer so that it can make its way into our prayer lives well beyond our forty days of guided prayer."
—Greg Carey, Professor of New Testament, Lancaster Theological Seminary

1 Introduction

2 Opening Reflections on the Sarum Prayer (Days 1–4)

3 Reflections on “God be in my head—and in my understanding” (Days 5–10)

4 Reflections on “God be in my eyes—and in my looking” (Days 11–16)

5 Reflections on “God be in my mouth—and in my speaking” (Days 17–22)

6 Reflections on “God be in my heart—and in my thinking” (Days 23–28)

7 Reflections on “God be at my end—and at my departing” (Days 29–34)

8 Closing Reflections on the Sarum Prayer (Days 35–40)


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  • Prayer
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • Sarum
  • daily practice
  • Lent

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