Sunday, September 27, 2015

Book Review: Sacred Reading: The 2016 Guide to Daily Prayer

Sacred Reading: The 2016 Guide to Daily Prayer
by the Apostleship of Prayer
Douglas Leonard, Executive Director
Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2015

Liturgical Year 2016, which begins November 29th, is right around the corner. Why not make it a year filled with prayer and a greater devotion to the Word of God in Scripture. "Sacred Reading: The 2016 Guide to Daily Prayer" by the Apostleship of Prayer is designed to help you do just that.

The Introduction offers a brief guide to lectio divina, "an ancient form of prayer known as sacred reading." Such a deep, prayerful reading of Scripture invites the Lord to speak directly to us and our current situations. "As we open our hearts to Jesus, he opens his heart to us."

Each day offers a brief opening prayer, the Gospel reading for the day, and a guide for prayer. One might also wish to keep a spiritual journal of reflections.

This is a wonderful devotional guide, designed to be used daily. While one can certainly read the Gospel passage and accompanying questions and gain some benefit, this book is most-suited for those who have the opportunity to spend at least 10 - 15 minutes in quiet, reflective prayer a day.

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