Two New Books on Prayer

I see in [Flannery] O'Connor an example of a person who has integrated her faith and her art so thoroughly that they have become one practice. In an era wherein such integration is not only rare but is considered by many people in both the sacred and secular realms to be anathema, O'Connor demonstrates that this can be done and done beautifully. Her own art becomes sign and symbol of the creative force that generates and governs the world, and so her writing becomes, both in practice and in … [Read more...]

Contemplative Apps

Okay all you iPhone lovers out there — I've been meaning to do this for a while: list the four apps that I find the most useful for my spiritual practice. I hope you find them useful as well.If there is one app that I think is the most essential, it would have to be Zen Timer by Spotlight Six. This handy little tool will liberate you from ever having to worry about how much time you have to pray. Easy to use, the app features a variety of sounds from bells and gongs such as those you will find … [Read more...]

Why the Divine Office?

This morning, a reader of this blog posted these two simple questions: The Divine Office: how important is it for lay Christians? How does it deepen our spirituality? If I can answer the second question, that in itself will answer the first. The Office is important for ordinary Christians precisely because it does deepen our spirituality.But how?Just a few thoughts here. I believe the Daily Office deepens our spirituality because it immerses us in the language of prayer, it links us to the … [Read more...]


I'm currently reading three books on prayer:Prayer: Conversing with God by Rosalind Rinker. A classic evangelical book from the 1950s about developing greater intimacy and faith in God through unscripted, conversational prayer. Praying Our Experiences by Joseph F. Schmidt. A guide to discerning the prayerful quality of all of life's journey, including our feelings and our struggle to know and discern truth. Prayerfulness by Robert J. Wicks. Prayer is not just something we do, it is an … [Read more...]

In Constant Prayer

In Constant Prayer (The Ancient Practices Series) By Robert Benson Foreword by Phyllis Tickle Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanThomas Nelson's "Ancient Practices Series" brings together some of the most vibrant and interesting of contemporary Christian authors (like Brian McLaren and Scot McKnight) to explore some of the venerable ways in which early Christians expressed their faith — not as some sort of museum piece, but to commend these ancient practices to the lovers of … [Read more...]