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.


The Return of The Prodigal Son (Doubleday, 1992)


The Return of The Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen is one of the first books I read after I renewed my relationship with God in 2004. At the time I was struggling with terrible consequences and the intense shame that living in my addiction had caused. I felt so unworthy of God’s love. Reading this beautiful book played a huge part in my spiritual healing process.


Reimagining the Ignatian Examen: Fresh Ways to Pray from Your Day (Loyola Press, 2015)

Following the example of St. Ignatius, we believe that praying the Examen will lead to a better life. The 500-year-old daily practice of honest self-assessment and reflection is a founding principle of Ignatian spirituality. What we don’t know is if St. Ignatius ever felt like changing it up a bit. Jesuit speaker and author Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, is confident that St. Ignatius wouldn’t mind a little flexibility in his prayer.

Join Thibodeaux as he guides you through new and unique versions of the Examen, totally flexible and adaptable to your life. In ten minutes, you can tailor your daily prayer practice to fit your personal and situational needs, further enhancing and deepening your meditation. Reimagining the Ignatian Examen—the only book of its kind—will lead you through a fresh and stimulating reflection on your past day, your present state of being, and your spiritual desires and needs for tomorrow.

Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray

In Absolute Surrender, Andrew Murray explains what surrender means and how to take this step, urging readers to yield themselves wholly, completely to God.

God does not ask you to give the perfect surrender in your strength or by the power of your will… God Himself will work it in you.

God works it in the secret of our heart, God urges us by the hidden power of His Holy Spirit to come and speak it out, and we have to bring and to yield to Him that absolute surrender.

Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was an prolific Christian author. He lived and ministered as both a pastor and a writer from the towns and villages of South Africa. His publications were originally written in Dutch and later translated into English. Murray was an alert and intense man who continued writing until his death at the age of 89.

(Excerpts from book)


Waiting on God (1896)

Waiting on God  is Andrew Murray’s 31 Day series of prayers and mediation on the theme of waiting on the Lord. Each day offers a Scripture with an inspirational reflection on its meaning. I’ve been reading this book daily for many years. It never fails to help me make it through the toughest of times.