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Publication Date: 18 Jan 2018
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 144
Author: Robyn Wrigley-Carr
ISBN-13: 9780281078738, 9780281078745

Evelyn Underhill's Prayer Book

By Robyn Wrigley-Carr
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Between 1924 and 1938, Evelyn Underhill compiled two personal prayer books for use when conducting spiritual retreats at Pleshey (the retreat house for the diocese of Chelmsford). The prayers were carefully selected and include quotes from a variety of theologians and writers in Christian spirituality, as well as her own very rich, metaphorical and theologically deep prayers.

These collections are now available for the first time.
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About the Author
Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) was an English Anglo-Catholic writer and pacificist known for her numerous works on religion and spiritual practice, in particular Christian mysticism.

Dr Robyn Wrigley-Carr is senior lecturer in Theology and Spirituality at Alphacrusis College, Sydney, Australia. She has a Masters degree in Spiritual Theology from Regent College, Vancouver, and was awarded a PhD by the University of St Andrews in 2013 for her doctorate on Baron Friedrich von Hugel, Evelyn Underhill's spiritual director of whom she said, 'I owe my spiritual life'.
Press Reviews

For those who love Evelyn Underhill and her many writings this Prayer Book is a real find! Here in this handsomely produced book is her compilation of prayers from the saints, theologians, liturgical texts, and her own prayers. These served as a resource in her work as a pioneering retreat leader and spiritual director. Reading these prayers puts the reader in the company of a woman of profound wisdom and deep prayerfulness. Her love of God and care for others is palpable.

- Dana Greene, President, The Evelyn Underhill Association

. . . the slim Foreword by Eugene Peterson is a fine pointer to the banquet of a read that Robyn has so well prepared on the finest of tables – she has served Underhill well and wisely.

- Ron Dart

Carefully edited, this beautiful little volume is a rare gem . . . highly recommended for anyone seeking new inspiration in prayer.

- The Reader

'. . . will appeal to those who want a manual for their own devotions, and who recognise this as an anthology crafted by a spiritual master . . . I found here prayers that I had not seen before, and that I will be glad to use.

- Cally Hammond

In the diocese of Chelmsford we have always treasured our association with Evelyn Underhill and her love for what is now our Retreat House at Pleshey. It was therefore tremendously exciting to discover her handwritten collection of prayers. This book now makes those prayers available to everyone. To read them and to pray them though is to enter into the heart and experience the spirituality of one of the most significant Christian writers of the 20th century.

- Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford

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