Each month a leader from the Diocese will recommend a book to deepen our faith and unite our learning. Books recommended here are for anyone who feels called to participate. At the end of each month, the person who recommended the book may host a Zoom “book club” meeting (depending on the interest expressed), where anyone who read the book and would like to discuss it further can gather.

February 2023

A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal
Edited by Sarah Bessey
Featuring Amena Brown, Barbara Brown Taylor, Lisa Sharon Harper, Nadia Bolz-Weber, and many more
Recommended by the Rev Canon Audrey O’Brien Stewart

Why are you recommending this book? 
“The wish to pray is a prayer in itself.” ⁠—Georges Bernanos

As we’ve emerged from the pandemic into this “new normal”, I’ve found in my weariness a desire to pray but often, I long for words to express those prayers that are vibrant and new. In this collection of new prayers, Sarah Bessey has invited a diverse group of Christians to reflect on the unique and unsettling time we are living through. She has organized the prayers into three sections: Orientation, Disorientation, and Reorientation. It is an invitation to take stock of where we stand, to take apart the things that may be holding up captive, and to build ourselves back as a more full version of the Children of God we’ve been created to be.

When is the Zoom “book club” meeting?
28 February 2023, 1pm-2pm. You can register your interest and sign up to receive relevant meeting details closer to the date here: bit.ly/GGBookOfTheMonthSignUp

Where can you get a copy of the book?
Purchase on: Bookshop.org (paperback), Amazon (hardcover, audiobook, or Kindle), Eden (hardback), SPCK Publishing (hardback and eBook), Kobo (eBook or audiobook), other sellers might be available.
Check with your local library.