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Publication Date: 10 Dec 2015
Publisher: SPCK
Page Count: 168
Author: Charles R. Ringma|Mary Dickau
ISBN-13: 9780281060832, 9780281075676

The Art of Healing Prayer

By Charles R. Ringma, Mary Dickau
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In The Art of Healing Prayer, Charles Ringma and Mary Dickau invite us to enter the realm of God’s curative love to aid those seeking the wholeness of Christ. Implicit in this invitation is the understanding that we have opened up our own lives to God’s healing grace. For this is a costly ministry, in which precious time and resources will be required of us as we pray biblically, imaginatively and sensitively for someone who may be on a very difficult journey to restoration.

Although often carried out behind the scenes of much of the Church’s activity, the healing ministry is one of joy and transformation. A person released from long-standing inner woundedness – from the prison of reaction, bitterness, self-pity, self-protection and fear – is one who can grow to inhabit new wide spaces of love and forgiveness. In turn, they may become a source of goodness and healing, as the ‘magic’ of God’s grace results in eddies of life-giving love for others.
About the Author
Charles Ringma has taught in universities, seminaries and colleges in Asia, Australia and Canada. He is Emeritus Professor at Regent College, Vancouver, a Franciscan Tertiary and a Companion of the Northumbria Community in Brisbane. He has written many books on Christian spirituality, including Hear the Ancient Wisdom (SPCK, 2013). See

Mary Dickau has been on the pastoral leadership team of Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, Vancouver, for 25 years. She is a spiritual director and hosts a city retreat called Stillpointe, facilitating weekly rhythms of prayer and times of healing prayer.
Press Reviews

A truly remarkable achievement. Based on decades of hands-on experience in training both clergy and laity, The Art of Healing Prayer has authenticity, understanding and wisdom oozing from its pages. I believe [it] will prove to be a huge gift to the whole faith community.

- The Revd Trevor Miller, Abbot of the Northumbria Community

The Art of Healing Prayer takes us into the redemptive work [of prayer] in ways we may not previously have experienced, enabling us better to understand and practice “spiritual heart surgery” with the Great Healer.

- Darrell Johnson, Teaching Fellow at Regent College, and Director of the Centre for Preaching at Carey Theological College, Vancouver

While urging us to recover the biblical vision of healing and to establish healing ministries in our churches and communities, Charles Ringma and Mary Dickau offer a more than generous assemblage of creative prayers for almost every type of woundedness. Masterful!

- Dr Richard Johnson, Founder and Director, JOHNSON Institute and Senior Adult Ministry

I know The Art of Healing Prayer is good news because reading it has helped me see better how the Spirit is at work where I live.

- Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of Common Prayer and Strangers at My Door

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