Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred (Simon and Schuster)

Although I am still reading it, I wanted to share this wonder-filled book by Mark Nepo. With life affirming stories and lovely poems, Mark encourages us as we travel our human journey to not loose touch with the most sacred things in life. Beautifully suited for individual meditations or small group study. I highly recommend Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred by Mark Nepo!


Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive is one of the best contemporary, non religious books I’ve read in years! There is a wealth of health-full, life-full information here. I listened to the audio version on which was read by Agape Stassinopoulos, Arianna’s sister. It was beautifully written, produced, and narrated. I highly recommend Thrive by Arianna Huffington!

Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God (Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2007)

Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God by Sybil Mac Beth is a fresh new way to approach your prayer time. While invoking your creativity, you can contemplate on the issues, people, places and things that you are bringing to God. I have found this avenue of prayer to be relaxing yet inspirational all at the same time.

Praying with the Body: Bringing the Psalms to Life (Paraclete Press, 2009)

If you are looking for a way to combine your exercise time and devotional time, I have the book for you! In Praying with the Body not only you will learn how to implement praying the psalms while doing yoga type poses you will also be able to keep three of the Liturgical prayer hours. This is a beautifully written and designed book. You may want to also check out the other books in the Active Prayer Series. 

Being Still: Reflections on an Ancient Mystical Tradition (Paulist Press, 2003)

Being Still: Reflections on an Ancient Mystical Tradition


Jean-Yves Leloup




If you read a lot of books in a specific category over time you run across the names of certain books by certain authors regularly. Jean-Yves Leloup’s Being Still is a case in point. I’ve been seeing this name referenced in many books I’ve read over the last few years. Finally, I was able to purchase it! I’m not finished reading it yet, but I wanted to go ahead and share it with you because it fits with our topic of Stillness this week.

Being Still by Jean-Yves Leloup is rich with church history, monastic tradition and truths that apply the contemplative path to our hurried lives today. This isn’t a fast read. Rather it’s one you will want to take slowly and soak in. Though it isn’t designed to be a devotional, I am using it in that way. If you are at all interested in monastic ways, I highly recommend Being Still: Reflections on an Ancient Mystical Tradition by Jean-Yves Leloup.

Take Your Life Back (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016)

Arterburn and Stoop have done it again! I’ve been reading their work for 11 years and I’m never disappointed. Besides the Life Recovery Bible this new book is my favorite of their many writing projects.

In Take Your Life Back: How to Stop Letting the Past and Other People Control You Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop take turns sharing life stories to help us learn about our own dependencies and struggles. Not being written in recovery vernacular makes this book a bit more friendly to those unfamiliar with the terminology. It’s primarily written for the co-dependent type (which most of us are) but it still touches on many issues specific to other addicts also. I highly recommend Take Your Life Back for everyone no matter your background or type of struggle. You will find yourself, your issues and answers somewhere in these pages.