For the past nine months I’ve been privileged to be working with our good friends at the Apostleship of Prayer on a significant milestone in the history of Ave Maria Press. Today this book officially launches, and I’m as excited (and as nervous) as a new mother. So please bear with me. #IndustryNews #EssentialReading #IfYouBuyJustOneBookThisIsIt!
Sacred Reading: The 2016 Guide to Daily Prayer is the first installment in our new annual prayer series, a lectio-inspired daily reading of the Gospels that will help you reflect on the Scripture . . . and hear the voice of Jesus, spoken directly to your heart. We wanted to create something fresh and truly inspiring for Catholics and other Christians who wanted to “dig in” to Scriptures and actually encounter the living Christ. And we are delighted with the initial results:
“An innovative way to be invited, with gentle wisdom, into meeting Jesus in your prayer,” enthused Fr. James Martin.
“The perfect companion for the lectio journey,” enthused Sonja Corbitt.
In addition to the annual reader, we will also be producing small booklets for Lent and Advent, with slightly abridged readings more appropriate for group use. These booklets, along with the daily video offerings of Fr. James Kubicki, would be a wonderful resource for parish or small group use.
Learning to hear and respond to the voice of God is an important part of the Christian life, and is absolutely essential to cultivating personal prayer, which is supposed to be a two-way conversation. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me,” says Jesus, our Good Shepherd (Jn 10:27). Feeding each day on God’s Word is an important way to know the Lord, and to sensitize our spirits so that we can discern his will for our lives. Whether you are new to daily Scripture reading or are looking for something to enliven your daily reading experience, Sacred Reading is for you.
You can order Sacred Reading: The 2016 Guide to Daily Prayer through your favorite online or local bookstore, through Ave Maria Press, or directly from the Apostleship of Prayer. Be sure to write and let us know what you think of it!