I’ve found a new favorite author and book that will take permanent residence on my bookshelf and in my heart. When I’ve found something great, I have to share it. That’s why I talk and write about Jesus all the time. But . . .
I enjoy wordsmiths who not only teach me, but whose words stir my soul. This is what the pen of Robert Benson does. He writes in a rhythm and grace that causes the words to dance into your spirit where they linger for awhile. Peace settles in you. And your mind sets toward higher things.
There are many books on prayer, but there may never be enough books on the subject because I’ve come to realize how many people are desperate to know more about how to pray. But I have to warn you that Living Prayer is like no other book I’ve read on this subject. It doesn’t teach the “how to” as much as the “how to be”. Truly, prayer is not a method so much as it is a way of life.
Here’s a peek:
“God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light,” we pray as the dawn begins to break. “This very day the LORD has acted.” The morning light is on us, God having chosen again to give us light and life. The world is created anew each morning, and Eden for us to explore, a garden in which to wander and wonder. It is good to get up early to see it fresh with the dew; God does much of His best work around sunrise.
“We praise You with joy, loving God, for Your grace is better than life itself. You have sustained us through the darkness and You have blessed us with life this new day.” We give thanks acknowledging the One Who gives all gifts. We see the trees around us, stark and silent with winter, bright and lush come the spring, bursting with blooms and blossoms in summer, brilliant and breathtaking with autumn. We see our homes around us, our families, our children, our lovers, our friends, the ones to whom we have been given again this day. Grateful is a better way to begin our day than with only the worry and weariness of the burdens to be borne. (Living Prayer, p. 82, 83).
Today, as many of us begin to prepare for the holiday week ahead, a week of thankfulness and thanksgiving to our God, I just wanted to tell you how thankful I am for you.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for praying and sharing and being my friends. I pray my words will always draw you closer to the One who loves you more than life itself. You are His prize possession. Never doubt this.
To show my thankfulness, I want to give my newest favorite book away.
To enter the Giveaway of Living Prayer, by Robert Benson: (multiple ways to increase your odds of winning.)
- Leave a comment about what you are thankful for or your favorite author/book. – One entry.
- Share this post on social media and let me know in your comment. -Two entries.
- Subscribe to receive my posts by e-mail or invite a friend. -Two entries.
I’ll draw for the winner on my Bite of Bread live Facebook broadcast Monday morning. :)
“Finally brothers (and sisters), whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Phil. 4:8, addition mine).
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This Thanksgiving season I am thankful for my family and thankful for God’s unconditional love and provision for me. My favorite Author is Andy Lee :-) I miss your leadership and seeing you on Wednesday mornings! I miss your “life lessons” LIVE on Facebook weekday mornings @ 8:20 a.m.
I have emailed a friend and invited her to join you and I have also shared this post on my FB account. Andy, thank you for your devotion and time to preach and teach to so many people about Jesus. Thank you for your ministry and your friendship. Happy Thanksgiving!
“Andy Lee’s words will affect you…but her heart will stay with you for a long, long time.” Eva Marie Everson
Hey, Diane! You’re so sweet. I miss you too. Thank you for inviting your friend and sharing. :) I’ve entered you five times!
I am grateful for salvation, for His mercy and His love…
Amen! me too Suzy! Thanks for stopping by and sharing. You’re entered! Miss you, girl!
I’m thankful that our God is faithful an his arms are always outstretched . Thanks for your post. I really enjoy reading them. Have a blessed day Andy
Amen, Mabel! Me too! I’m so thankful you enjoy the posts. Thanks for stopping by! Blessings to you too. You are entered!
I’m grateful that our daughter Lindsay just called us from Maine so that our little grandson Cole could FaceTime with his Pop & Mimi! We live in NC, so these are rare & special blessings!❤️
Tanya, so glad you got to see that precious grandson! Hooray for technology! Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest. You are entered!
Two of my must read authors are Robert Benson and Wendell Berry. I read something from each of them every day. They are very different authors but they feed my soul, stretch my mind, stir my heart, and they are gifted writers. Their books change me in a good way. Daily must read list: Scripture, Benson and Berry.
Hi Patricia! I’ll have to look up Berry! It sounds like we like the same kind of author. So good to hear from you. You’re entered!
I am thankful for family and living close to my granddaughters. Today I had Thanksgiving lunch with the 2 1/2 year old at her preschool. I am thankful God turned a bad situation (divorce I didn’t want) into me being able to live close to both daughters.
It must be so awesome to be a grandmother, Donna! You and Tanya both commented on your grandchildren! I can’t wait!! Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest. You are entered! Blessings!
I’m grateful for Jehovah Rophe, the God that heals! Seeing it first hand by what He’s doing for my husband.
Sharing this post in Facebook!
Hallelujah! Praying for that healing! I’m entering you three times! Thanks for sharing :)
I am thankful for a loving family and friends. I feel blessed to have found a friend like you who helps us daily to understand God’s word and purpose in our lives. Many blessings!
Amen! Thanks Mary! Thankful for you too. You are entered. :)
I’m thankful for God’s continuous ..unfailing…constant…unconditional love for me!!!❤
Amen Michelle! You’re entered into the giveaway! Thanks for stopping by!