About the Book and Author

About the Book:

Award-winning religion journalists describe a recently rediscovered medieval prayer tool that provides fresh inspiration and daily prayers for contemporary Christians.

All people of faith struggle at times to sustain a flourishing prayer life–a loss felt all the more keenly in times like ours of confusion, political turbulence, and global calamity. The Prayer Wheel introduces an ancient prayer practice that offers a timeless solution for the modern faithful.

The Prayer Wheel is a modern interpretation of the Liesborn Prayer Wheel, a beautiful, almost wholly forgotten, scripture-based mode of prayer that was developed in a medieval times. The Liesborn Prayer Wheel resurfaced in 2015 in a small private gallery near New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. It faithfully and beautifully presents seven prayer paths for personal or group use. Each path invites contemplation on the “big ideas” of the Christian faith–the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and key words from the life of Christ.

In the tradition of lectio divina and walking a labyrinth, The Prayer Wheel simply and directly takes readers into a daily, wholly unique encounter with God. As the prayers in this book unfold, readers will find an appealing guide for contemplation, a way of seeing God in new ways, and an essential new tool for Christian formation.


About the Author:

DAVID VAN BIEMA was head religion writer at TIME from 1999 to 2009, where he wrote 25 cover stories for the magazine, as well as covers for Life magazine, People, and the Washington Post. His recent work has appeared in TIME, the Washington Post, TheAtlantic.com, and the Religion News Service. He is the author of the book Mother Teresa: The Life and Works of a Modern Saint

JANA RIESS is an editor and writer who holds degrees in religion from Wellesley College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Columbia University. She is a senior columnist for Religion News Service and speaks often to the media about issues pertaining to religion in America. 

PATTON DODD is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Wall Street JournalWashington Post, TheAtlantic.com, CNN.com, Financial TimesNewsweekSlateChristianity TodayThe Shambhala Sun, and more. He has also appeared on a range of television and radio shows, including HannityThe Laura Ingraham Show, ESPN Radio, and NPR.