Power Lines

Celtic Prayers About Work

David Adam

Dec/1999, 128 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5 x 7.5

ISBN-13: 9780819218384



Celtic prayers have always offered everyday needs to God in a straightforward way. Power Lines incorporates the insights of the Celtic tradition into a series of modern prayers about the concerns of work—whether paid, unpaid, in factory, home, or office. This book opens up Celtic patterns of prayer to focus on the work we all do in the presence of God.

Chapters in this book provide prayers for various times of day (morning, the working day, and evening) as well as some of our emotional responses to work (achievement and disappointment). A special chapter of litanies provides useful prayers and responses for congregations and other groups who wish to make their work concerns part of their worship. Power Lines concludes with a selection of classic prayers from Augustine, Francis, Teilhard de Chardin, and many others.

David Adam is one of the best-loved figures in Celtic spirituality. The author of many successful books published in English, Finnish, German, Polish, and Welsh, he was vicar of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne for thirteen years. He continues to write, lecture, speak, and lead as a spiritual director.

Recent praise for David Adam:
“The Road of Life provides opportunity for spiritual reflection and is ideal for those looking for a different sort of Lent book… [it] is well-written and full of nuggets providing ample food of thought.” Christian Marketplace

"God's power lines provide the juice to keep us going. They are the catalysts for all our days and our deeds." --Frederic A. Brussat, Values & Visions, February 18, 2000
"An excellent anthology of prayers for every day life taken from pens as diverse as St. Augustine in the Fourth Century to Winifred Holtby in the Twentieth Century. Place this on your gift list. It is a book that you will treasure always." -- Raymond B. Knudsen, Editor, The Counselor
"...beneficial tool for congregational use and for personal meditation..."--R. Jeanette Hardage, Freelance Writer, as printed in Christian Library Journal, Fall 2000
"Based on the model of the ancient Celts, David Adam's Power Lines provides contemporary prayers that convert common features of the workday into opportunities for prayer. Power Lines includes prayers for the various times of the day, as well as for emotional responses to work. of particular interest is the chapter devoted to those who live and work in cities." --Sharon's Bookshelf, Midwest Book Review
"Power Lines can be a beneficial tool for congregational use and for personal meditation " -- Jeanette Hardage, reviewing for Christianity and the Arts, Spring 2001



  • Spirituality
  • Prayer
  • Celtic
  • Work

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