Inhabited by Grace

The Way of Incarnate Love

William Daniel, Foreword by Prince G. Singh

Sep/2019, 208 Pages, PAPER, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640651906



  • Articulates how language, habits, and practices shape our liturgy, prayer, and worship
  • Engages the reader to connect the tables of our homes to the Eucharistic Table

What does it mean to inhabit the life of liturgy? What does it mean to be inhabited by Christ? This book offers a way to rethink what we do when we pray, so that we do not so much call on God for help but join in a conversation. Readers will learn how to think about God through certain habits and practices: how posture effects our perceptions of God and Christ, how feasting on Christ in the Eucharist shapes our understanding of the body—both our individual bodies and the body of the Church. The author also offers tools for forming a deliberate rule of life to ground readers in the transcendent life of liturgy.

Readers will recognize the inseparability of the tables of their homes and the Eucharistic Table, relating daily life with Eucharistic life. Dr. Daniel connects the language of the Book of Common Prayer with the everyday realities of ordinary life, compelling the worshiper to discern how daily practices correspond with or fight against her participation in the Eucharistic economy.

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Audience: Episcopalians, liturgists, seminarians

WILLIAM DANIEL serves as rector at Saint Michael's Episcopal Church in Geneseo, New York. He is an adjunct professor of Humanities at SUNY Geneseo, and serves as a coordinator for seminary formation and District Dean in the Diocese of Rochester. He completed his doctorate at the University of Nottingham after earning degrees from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Duke University Divinity School, and Trevecca Nazarene University. Father Daniel lives with his family in Geneseo.



Introduction    What is Liturgy?

Part I    Spoken into Being: “When you pray…”
Chapter 1        Surprised by Prayer
Chapter 2        Mirror, Mirror
Chapter 3        The Resistless Energy of Love
Chapter 4        Inhabited by Prayer
Chapter 5        Prayerful Humility
Chapter 6        Conclusion

Part II   Moved by the Spirit: “You are marked as Christ’s own…”
Chapter 7        The Architecture of Prayer
Chapter 8        Habitats of Grace
Chapter 9        The Lamp of the Body
Chapter 10      Apprehending God in My Body
Chapter 11      Grammar that Glorifies
Chapter 12      The Timeless Way of Being
Chapter 13      Conclusion

Part III  The Peace of Christ: “And with thy spirit.”
Chapter 14      The Gift of Suffering
Chapter 15      Suffering and Forgiveness
Chapter 16      Before Offering Your Gift
Chapter 17      Trust into Trusting
Chapter 18      Marking Love Recognizable
Chapter 19      Conclusion

Part IV The Heavenly Banquet: “This is my body.”
Chapter 20      Turn Toward Christ
Chapter 21      The “Amen!” Heard ‘Round the World
Chapter 22      Bread from Heaven
Chapter 23      Discerning the Body
Chapter 24      Sense-Perplexity and Divine Terroir
Chapter 25      Turning to Christ in Creation
Chapter 26      Conclusion

Part V  A Rule of Life: “Let us go forth into the world…”
Chapter 27      Becoming a Spiritual Reservoir
Chapter 28      Moving, Feeling, Perceiving, Believing
Chapter 29      Praying in 3D
Chapter 30      Inhabited by Habits
Chapter 31      Postures of Perception

Chapter 32      Conclusion

"William Daniel's Inhabited by Grace is a gentle, yet poignant and timely, invitation that responds to David's psalm 'deep calls to deep.' In a world full of noise, movement, and activity, Daniel reminds us to be still and know God: in silence, in prayer, in worship, in one another, and in the Mystery of the Trinity. For those hungry and thirsty for a moment's peace or a lifetime of the same, Inhabited by Grace is a must read. Daniel does not take lightly the deep truth that there is no division between the body and the soul; the abundant life Jesus offered is found in the practice of authentic spiritual discipline and piety. Three cheers––or perhaps whispers––for this great work."
––The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas

"This is a pearl of a book—steeped in the wisdom of the ancient church, of attentiveness to the Bible, for contemporary pastoral and liturgical practice. As William Daniel gazes upon God he trains us to do the same. And the God who gazes back in Christ changes us. He is full of demanding love and insistent mercy. As a reader I couldn't get enough."
––The Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee, Vancouver School of Theology

"My years of ministry as a parish priest have shown me, without a doubt, that there is no meaningful revival or renewal in the life of any faith community without the revival of the spiritual discipline of prayer. Inhabited by Grace is a book that needs to be in the hands of every Christian who seeks to deepen their life of prayer and devotion to Christ. William Daniel walks us through all the reasons why prayer matters, making us fall in love with Christ again and again."
––The Rev. Marcus George Halley, Saint Paul's Church on Lake of the Isles, Minnesota

"The only thing that really has lasting transformative power is an encounter with God's grace. And this book is filled cover to cover with just that—two hundred proof, unadulterated, amazing Grace! So, 'stop lookin' for love in all the wrong places,' and devour this book today. Not too much theory, and perfectly practical, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to make Sunday rituals have real meaning on Monday morning."
––The Rev. Charleston David Wilson, Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota, Florida

"A beautiful series of meditations on the spiritual life."
––The Rev. Dr. Juan Oliver, Custodian of the Book of Common Prayer

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  • Liturgy
  • Book of Common Prayer
  • Episcopal
  • divine
  • prayer
  • Eucharist

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