New books coming in 2011

In the midst of my sorrow, waiting, and unknowing, there has also been great joy here at the Abbey.  I am blessed to be able to dedicate a great deal of time to writing these days which makes my heart sing.  While they are not due out until April and July 2011, there is a special delight that happens when an author gets to see her book covers and anticipate holding them in her hands.  I love what both publishers have created for the exterior to support the books’ messages inside and am eager to share these resources with you, dear supporters of this work.

Lectio Divina:
Transforming Words and Images into Heart-Centered Prayer

will be published by Skylight Paths Publishing in April 2011

When Skylight Paths asked me to consider writing another book on lectio divina for there Art of Spiritual Living series, I prayed over the invitation and realized that I love this practice so much that I have lots more to say about it.  Their audience is multi-faith and so I am excited about introducting this ancient prayer form to more people.  I am currently teaching an online class on lectio divina and absolutely loving hearing what my brilliant and creative students have to share as I am immersed in finishing the manuscript.

The Artist’s Rule:
Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom

will be published by Ave Maria Press in July 2011

This book is based on my class Way of the Monk, Path of the Artist and is a work of great love for me.  Nurturing this connection between contemplation and creativity is truly my heart’s path.  I am also journeying with a group in the fall online session right now and am daily in awe about what emerges from the participants when bringing the inner monk and artist out to play together.  I am deeply grateful to the marvelous Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, for agreeing to write the foreword for this book. (And if you can’t wait until next summer, I will be offering the next session of this class starting in January 2011 – registrations starts in November).

With all of this excitement over what comes next year, I am relying on my daily contemplative practice to bring me back to the present more than ever.

More information to come in the months ahead . . .

Thanks for taking a moment to relish this anticipation with me!

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