In this popular book first published in 1996, Suzanne Guthrie teaches us about the seasons of prayer by letting us enter her own in these forty meditations stretching from Advent through Pentecost. “Pray as you are drawn to pray,” she tells us, not as someone has told you how to pray.
Against the landscape of northern California, the author gently leads us through the ancient 'illuminative way’ of prayer, learning to see the extraordinary reality of God in the ordinary – the dry grass and circling hawks, raging firestorms in summer and the heavy winter rains.
“Suzanne Guthrie is an artist, and her medium is prayer itself. Here she weaves a meaningful and finally beautiful pattern from all the various elements--happy, frightening, harried, sad--of an ‘ordinary’ life. Chew her words slowly; they will feed you.” —Ellen F. Davis, Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School
“Her images and metaphors come from the kitchen, the office, and the landscapes of Texas, California, and New York. A musician and a priest, Suzanne offers prose as melodic as chant and as moving as jazz. Her text will speak not only to your mind; it will open your inner life to the love that will not let us go.” —Mary C. Earle, Desert Mothers: Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness
“Hers is the gift of seeing, of curiosity, of intense observation of natural objects – without which, as Thomas Merton reminded us in Contemplation in A World of Action, the contemplative life becomes barren and routine.” Esther de Waal
“These pages achieve an astonishing conjunction of real, hard life with Christian contemplation. A tough but compassionate mystic for our time.” Robert Hale OSB Cam
“This wonder-filled volume contains forty very personal and profound meditations on the art of taking one's days and experiences to God. . . . Check out the meditations on her son's doubt, her daughter's bedtime devotions, a box containing her childhood mementos, the book that brought her out of depression, and the jazz music of Miles Davis.” —Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Health