Saturday, October 16, 2010

Six Friday Night (and Saturday Morning!) Good Things

1. Stately Raven Bookstore, Ohio's best Independent Bookstore (that just happens to be in Findlay!) It used to be a Lutheran Church and has been restored to it's former splendor, the bookstore is full of comfy chairs, interesting murals and of course – books!

2. Going to the Stately Raven and having your girl tell you that she will buy you one book! Whatever you want! Oh the choices and decisions that life brings. . .

3. Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community
More than a prayer book, Celtic Daily Prayer is a gift from the Northumbria Community of northeastern England. This devout religious community, with members scattered around the world, is joined together by the teachings of traditional Celtic Christianity dating back to the sixth century. In assembling this collection of prayers, they offer Christians ancient Celtic devotional writing as well as contemporary sources of wisdom, such as Anne Morrow Lindbergh, T.S. Eliot, and even Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul, and Mary. The focal point for this prayer book is the daily office, although the book also includes additional meditations and daily readings. It offers two complete years of reading, so it should last a while (the publisher also promises follow-up books). Although many of these prayers come from the ancient monastic tradition, they easily speak to Christians contending with everyday things like jobs, childcare, dinners, and house cleaning. In his introduction Richard J. Foster (Celebration of Discipline) claims that this prayer book is most often found "in kitchens with bread baking and tea brewing or in living rooms crammed full of that cozy lived-in feel." (from

4. Taking time to be quiet, pray and breathe – just before falling asleep, first thing in the morning, at noon, and in the early evening.

5. Meditating on this verse and letting it flow into my heart and soul before falling asleep last night –
"Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your soul." ~ Jeremiah 6:16

6. Making it my intention to allow that verse to guide my Saturday steps – creatively, photographically and restfully.


Frank Wilson said...

I think I've read every word Richard J. Foster has written . . . and he blows me away. My favorite is "Prayer - Finding the Hearts True Home." Have you read it?

Tanya said...

I've read them all too! "Celebration of Discipline" is the one that challenges me the most!