The Spirit Hovers: Journeying Through Chaos with Prayers (Paperback)
Synopsis: This book is a collection of prayers based on the Old Testament texts--a good resource for worship leaders or generally for those interested in spirituality. The Spirit breathes life into us as we breathe and pray, thus granting us the hope that the Spirit can quicken and transform troubled waters into overflowing streams. This is an invitation to readers to breathe with God's Spirit despite the unformed abyss, lifeless chaos, and life's vicissitudes. It is often crisis or weakness that gets us to bend our knees. Through prayer, any dilemma or challenge can become fertile ground for growing in humanity as we journey with God, and consequently sojourn with one another and with creation. Endorsements: "K. K. Yeo brings to the voicing of prayer all the ingredients of faithfulness. He has an attentive ear for the biblical text, in order to notice where we may make poignant contact. He has a keen sensibility for the contemporaneity of ancient possibility. And he has courage for truth-telling right in the face of God. This deeply moving book will matter both to those who lead public prayer and to those who pray as adult believers and seek greater depth in their communion with God." -Walter Brueggemann Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Columbia Theological Seminary "A rich prayer life is vital to a healthy relationship with God. He speaks to us through his Word and we speak to him through prayer. However, often we struggle with prayer. K. K. Yeo guides us through the Scriptures to help us find the words to bring our praises and petitions to God. I highly recommend this excellent work to all who want to deepen their prayer life." -Tremper Longman III Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies Westmont College "There are some books that we read to gain information. And then there are others that encourage us, touch us where we hurt, and offer hope and spiritual healing--The Spirit Hovers is this kind of book. In times of conflict when our human resources are diminished and our wisdom fails to guide, when we do not need more information but long for the presence of God, the poems in this book, drawn from the struggles of Old Testament saints, point us to the God who hears, and cares, and whose love upholds and sustains us. I highly recommend this book for public worship, private devotion, or simply daily reading. You will find comfort and encouragement as these poems guide you to the Source of genuine comfort, unfailing love, and the certainty of God's promises." -Donald L. Alexander Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies Bethel University "At the intersection of the strains of life and the hope of the Bible, we pray. K. K. Yeo teaches each of us, and helps us together as a Christian community, to pray through the chaos of our stories as they are woven together with The Story. These are prayers of discovery for traveling down the road, not staying in the monastery, with Scripture open to map the way." -Gene L. Green Professor of New Testament Wheaton College Author Biography: K. K. Yeo is Harry R. Kendall Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Visiting Professor at Peking University (China), and Academic Director of the International Leadership Group. He has lectured not only in Asia but also in Israel, Greece, Turkey, and Australia. Yeo is the author of Musing with Confucius and Paul (Cascade Books, 2008) and a collection of prayers based on New Testament texts, The Spirit Intercedes (Cascade Books, 2009). He lives in Chicago with his wife and children.