I’m pleased to report that book writing is going very well! I have written the Introduction and three of the four chapters. Meanwhile, field testing of the draft book is well underway. I’ve been meeting with a group of people from my church. Together we are reading through the draft, practicing the Prayer Bead Experiences, answering discussion questions, and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. They are providing wonderful feedback. Another group in Concord, NC began meeting last week to do the same thing, and I’m already receiving great input from them. We also have a handful of people around the country who are reading and commenting. All of this is to say that I’m in good shape to have the final manuscript to The Upper Room by the end of July! I will actually turn it in right before I head off for my first session of the Academy for Spiritual Formation. I’ll have a lot to celebrate at Camp Sumatanga!
If you would like to play a part in the development of the book, have I got a deal for you! I am planning to include several prayer bead devotions from my blog in the book. I want to offer a variety to show how prayer beads can be used to pray through the seasons of the liturgical calendar, increase our understanding of the Christian faith, help us listen to God, etc. But I need your help to choose which devotions to include.
Today I added new categories to the blog to make it easier to search through the devotions. If you are looking for a devotion for a particular purpose or time of year, this will make it much easier! If you would like to suggest a particular devotion for inclusion in the book, feel free to browse the categories. They are:
- Church Calendar
- For Kids
- Listening to God
- Mysteries of Faith
- Seeking Guidance
- What We Believe
Once you have your pick, share it with me via the comment box below. You can also tweet your choice or post it on our Facebook page. When you do, include your name. I’d love to give you credit in the book!
I look forward to hearing from you!