Just in time for the new year, or any time, try one of these suggested resources, which include books and web-based products recommended by members of your pastoral staff with assistance from the Christian Formations Committee. For more information, contact Mike McBrayer, Minister of Discipleship and Missions.
The stillness and quiet that are essential to our life of faith can be hard to come by in a world filled with activity and noise.
These devotional reading resources are intended to encourage and to facilitate a time for you to find inspiration and sustenance in the presence of God.
40-Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Augsburg Fortress)
These daily readings provide a striking call to discipleship with profound and practical insights using selections from the teachings of martyred pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, paired with scripture and questions for reflection. Prompts for journaling, meditation, and prayer allow you to further explore the topic as desired.
A Guide to Prayer for All God's People
(Upper Room Books)
This classic devotional and prayer book has been a bestseller for more than a decade. Arranged thematically for each week, the material includes readings, scripture, reflection, prayers, weekly hymns, benedictions and printed psalms.
52 weekly selections introduce you to great spiritual writers of past and present: Augustine, Francis of Assisi, Bonhoeffer, Dallas Willard & many more. Indispensable for those looking for a deeper and more balanced life. Readings include reflection, discussion questions, biblical references & response exercises. Good for individuals or groups.
PAUSE. Moments to reflect.
d365.org offers this year-long collection of good, all-purpose devotionals that lend themselves to a little more reflection than most quick-read devotionals. Though written for students, the content speaks to adults as well. The content is challenging and offers theological depth in a devotional format.
Prayers for a Privileged People by Walter Bruggemann (Abingdon)
A collection of some 80 poetic prayers. Brutally honest yet compassionate, these prayers address the hearing and living of God's call by those with "well-arranged lives." Bruggemann provides a clear reminder that spirituality and service are indivisible.
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
Oswald Chambers' classic is a collection of brief, scripture-based readings. Try this enduring favorite for 365 days of encouragement for both new and longtime believers.
Seeking God's Face: Praying with the Bible through the Year (Faith Alive Resources)
Worship. "An extended conversation with God." If these descriptions interest you, try these daily devotions structured to follow the church year. The recurring pattern of Invitation, Psalm, Scripture, Quiet, Prayer, and Blessing supports the development of a daily discipline by providing solid structure, meaningful progression, and ample flexibility.
The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living (Continuum International)
This daily reader is intended to support and encourage a sacred space in your life for listening to the Spirit of God. Daily scriptures are accompanied by excerpts from the spiritual writings of Father Thomas Keating, one of the architects of the Centering Prayer, a contemporary method of contemplative prayer. The brief daily offerings are rich and will linger in your mind and soul throughout the day.
Women's Uncommon Prayers
(Church Publishing, Inc.)
A compilation of prayers and poems written as encouragement for women who seek to live their faith in the face of each new day and encounter. The prayers span the range of emotions, allowing readers to find a shared voice for all of life's circumstances. Topics are organized under the categories of identity, daily life, stages of life, spirituality, and ministry.
Reflections for Ragamuffins by Brennan Manning (HarperOne)
Utilizing selections from Brennan Manning's writings accompanied by a verse of scripture, these short daily reflections on the Christian life are brief, but thought-provoking enough to think on all day long. With a strong voice these devotionals challenge and encourage the seasoned believer.
An interactive online devotional with musical accompaniment. The format leads the reader through a meaningful progression with prompts to Pause, Listen, Think, Pray, and Go. A variety of writers offer insight and encouragement that new and seasoned believers will appreciate and find relevant.
Examen.me is well-developed online resource that lets you choose an area of scripture on which to focus your prayer and meditation. The inquiring format leads you to reflect both on the text and on your life, supplying prompts for prayer and action. Create a free account to save a personal and secure online journal.
Delivered to your smart phone or computer, YouVersion offers a wide selection of devotionals. The collection includes known standards as well as fresh offerings.