Re-released in 2016. The Desire of our Soul is literally an opportunity to walk through the Church of Ireland 2004 Prayer book, which is only the third Book of Common Prayer since 1662. In this guide, the author leads us through the different services, especially the newer ones. He enables the reader to understand something of the meaning of the liturgies, the reason why they are as they are, and the way in which they can provide the people of God with words which can deepen both public and personal devotion. The 'user's guide' also includes a series of charts laying out the structure of many of the services, and a set of questions at the end of each chapter which may be used for group discussion or personal reflection. When both spirituality and understanding come together, rooted in the bible, then the worship of the people of god will be attractive and compelling. This book may be one of the helps on the way to that goal.
Bishop Harold Miller's 'The Desire of Our Soul' is essential reading for everyone who faithfully attends traditional Church of Ireland services on a regular basis. It also helps to give an understanding of some contemporary services that are rooted in the Prayer Book. Bishop Harold's guidance is clear and concise and in places a little humorous. The User Guide gives wonderful insight into the history of key areas of the services and highlights their relevance to parishioners today. Finally, it provides an excellent basis for teaching by clergy in all contexts.