Recommended Reading

Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice by Christine Valters Paintner

Christine Valters Paintner builds on the process of contemplative creativity she introduced online at Abbey of the Arts and in her book The Artist’s Rule. She considers how a camera can help readers open “the eyes of the heart.”

Adapting the monastic practice of lectio divina (sacred reading) into a form of visio divina (sacred seeing), spiritual director and Benedictine oblate Christine invites readers to a new way of viewing the world – through the lens of a camera. She … read more

Beyond Words: 15 Ways of Doing Prayer by Kristen Johnson Ingram

God of all beauty and truth…reveal to me the places and people and objects where I’ll find your presence. Amen.” (p 52)

Beyond Words is a book for spiritual adventurers who seek new ways to pray. Readers can put into practice the concepts they find here, making the book not just a source of inspiration but a springboard to action that deepens their prayer lives and draws them closer to God. Tere are many effective ways of communicating with … read more

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