This new spirituality of knitting addresses topics such as knitting as a popular pastime, what knitting does for our minds, bodies, and spirits, and how knitting helps people reduce stress, overcome loss, form friendships, and connect with a community. Most important, the author shows readers and crafters how knitting can become prayer.
When Men pray, they bring distinctive gifts - and challenges - to the spiritual enterprise of prayer. Praying in Black and White honors the unique wiring of men and offers a simple, concrete ways to pray. With a pen and a piece of paper, men are free to bring their skepticism, task-orientation, self-sufficiency, and independence into a new conversation with God. Try this new method of prayer that works for men.
A few of the other books on prayer that may be of interest are listed below. For a full list of books on prayer, please visit the Resource Libraries Online Catalog and type the word 'prayer' in the description box at nyac.com/resource_find.asp
A Good LIfe: Benedict's Guide to Everyday Joy by Robert Benson "There is no shortage of good days," writes Annie Dillard. "It is good lives that are hard to come by." Reflecting on what makes a "good life," Robert Benson offers a warmhearted, humorous guide to enriching our lives with the wisdom of Benedict, a 6th century monk. Each chapter is shaped around a Benedictine principle: prayer, rest, community, and work, and reveals the brilliant and infinitely practical ways that Benedictine spirituality can shape our lives today. Benson is honest and wise, sharing his own failings and the constant tension that he feels between the demands of the temporal and the spiritual. For anyone who feels caught in a web of conflicting priorities, or who finds the pace of modern life more draining than fulfilling, A Good Life will come as a welcome treat for the soul.
A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit by Paul Chilcote Prayer is a staple of a vital faith that needs nurturing as individuals practice their faith in everyday life. The interconnectedness of prayer and life became abundantly clear when author Paul Chilcote discovered the journals of Elizabeth Rhodes, an early Wesley follower, and how she was transformed in her spiritual disciplines by committing to memory a prayer that became an unusual blessing. Rhodes prayed for a “waking spirit, and a diligent soul” and in doing so realized that practicing a prayerful life was practicing a Christ-filled life. Creating a basic pattern for prayer in daily life, Chilcote examines Rhodes' prayer and leads the reader in discovery of an intimate connection with God. Broken down into fifty-two readings, the book includes a biblical text, a brief meditation, Charles Wesley hymn selections, and a prayer for each reading. This devotional resource can be used weekly, daily, or as a prayer aid during the seasons of preparation of Lent or Advent and for both personal and corporate prayer practices.
Becoming a Praying Congregation by Rueben Jobs This book is designed to help leaders teach, inspire and example deeper prayer life for the entire congregation through worship, study, ministry teams and individual devotion. Using ideas and examples from congregations with active prayer ministries, leaders will be inspired to develop deeper prayer practices in: worship, decision-making groups, prayer ministry teams, age-level classes and households. When You Pray can be used as a daily devotional for individuals and small groups participating in the program.