Books on Prayer

To help you out in your prayer life, we offer the following book suggestions.  Some books are “orders of worship” to help with your daily prayer life, some are books of prayers that have touched people, some are books about praying.  We hope these can enhance and deepen your life of prayer.

The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle – A series of books with complete daily services of prayer for morning, noon, evening and night.  It includes scripture readings and psalms, and runs through the seasons of the church (Advent, Easter, Lent, Pentecost, etc.).

The Celtic Vision: Prayers, Blessings and Songs from the Gaelic Tradition, Esther de Waal, ed.  A wonderful collections of prayers from Ireland, Scotland and Wales that reflect the vibrant, creation-centered Celtic spiritual tradition.

Earth Prayers, Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon, ed.  A collection of 365 prayers from around the world honoring and praying for the earth.

The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen – One of the great contemporary writers on prayer offers help  on how to connect with God.

With Open Hands by Henri Nouwen – Another classic book on how to let prayer become a joy – a spontaneous reaction to the world and people around you.

Travel Mercies by Anne Lamott – A book of often funny, often irreverent essays on how God is present in our lives.

Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott – A book about three one-word prayers, by the same author of Travel Mercies.

An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor – A series of reflections on how to find God beyond the four walls of the church.

A Celebration of Disciplines by Richard Foster – A book recovering the many spiritual “disciplines” that help us develop our spiritual lives.

Listen to Your Life by Frederick Buechner – One of the best and most beloved spiritual writers shows a way of finding God even in the ordinary moments of life.