Living Word, Living Way Resources

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Which of these should I read? The list is in no particular order and the books are simply recommended resources. They will not be directly referred to during the course. Let your intuition and prayer guide what, if anything, is right for you.


Bible: New Revised Standard Version

A unique blend of text formats that are designed for ease of reading and greater reader comprehension of the various literary forms embodied in the scriptures.
NRSV. San Francisco, CA: HarperOne, 2009.
Bible: The Message

Eugene Peterson breaths new life into timeless passages in this fresh-voiced paraphrase.
Peterson, Eugene. The Message. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2005.
Too Deep for Words: Rediscovering Lectio Divina

Hall, Thelma. Too Deep for Words. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1988.
Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness

Merrill, Nan. Psalms for Praying. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2006.
Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter

Newell, John Philip. Sounds of the Eternal. New Beginnings, 2012.
Out of the Ordinary: Prayers, Poems, and Reflections for Every Season

Rupp, Joyce. Out of the Ordinary. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2011.
Group Spiritual Direction: Community for Discernment

Dougherty, Rose Mary. Group Spiritual Direction. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1995.
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Hanh, Thich Nhat. Peace Is Every Step. New York, NY: Bantam, 1992.
The Word Is Very Near You: A Guide to Praying With Scripture

Smith, Martin. The Word Is Very Near You. Cambridge, MA: Cowley Publications, 1989.
The Story of a Soul

Lisieux, Therese of. The Story of a Soul. Charlotte, NC: Saint Benedict Press, 2010.
Sadhana, a Way to God: Christian Exercises in Eastern Form

de Mello, Anthony. Sadhana, a Way to God. Image, 1984.