Aric Clark has been blogging and providing professional freelance writing for newspapers, magazines, and journals for more than a decade. Samples of his religion, culture, and society writing may be seen at Two Friars and a Fool.
NEVER PRAY AGAIN
Aric is the co-author, along with Doug Hagler, and Nick Larson, of the book Never Pray Again: Lift Your Head, Unfold Your Hands, and Get to Work (Chalice Press 2014). This passionate, engaging book challenges readers to commit to a concrete neighbor-centered spiritual practice. It suggests that prayer might be over-prescribed among Christians, and that there are ways of expressing our faith which are so compelling that if we practiced them we might not ever need to pray again.
Here are a few things others have said about Never Pray Again:
“Never pray again? The very thought feels like a slap in the face of our faith! But through their engaging and provocative words, Aric Clark, Doug Hagler, and Nick Larson teach us how to attach legs to our laments, give teeth to our supplications, and put skin on our spiritual lives. Read Never Pray Again. But more importantly, practice it. For if we all engaged in such Christianity, our world would be transformed.”
–Carol Howard Merritt, pastor and author of Reframing Hope and Tribal Church
“Filled with questions and doubts many Christians have given up on prayer. Enter Aric Clark, Doug Hagler, and Nick Larson’s urgent manifesto Never Pray Again. Witty, provocative, insightful, and practical. Here is a bracing and bold vision of prayer with the potential to radically transform our lives and faith communities. Read, go and do.”
–Richard Beck, author, blogger and professor of psychology at Abilene Christian University
“Aric, Doug, and Nick are ridiculous, but Never Pray Again is exactly the kind of tom-foolery the church needs. Too many Christians speak holy sounding words, and assume their work for the good of creation is done. Never Pray Again offers us practical action words, and gets us to a place where we understand the truth spoken by Theresa of Avila: that ‘Christ has no hands and feet now but ours.’”
–Landon Whitsitt, author of Open Source Church: Making Room for the Wisdom of All
Aric was also a contributor to the third volume in Christian Piatt’s Banned Questions series Banned Questions About Christians. Addressing such impertinent questions as “Can you be GLBTQ and be a Christian?”, “How is it that so many Christians support wars when they supposedly follow the prince of peace?” and “What do Christians really believe about the so-called apocalypse?” he brought a no-bullshit, cut-to-the-chase style to questions guaranteed to provoke deep conversation.