Walking the Church Year

Personal Devotions for a Labyrinth Prayer Practice

Robert J. F. Elsner

Apr/2024, 192 Pages, Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640657571



An indispensable guide for incorporating labyrinths into your spiritual walk.
For centuries, labyrinths have served as an essential meditation aid for Christians seeking to deepen their personal relationships with God. In this practical guide, Robert Elsner unravels the mysteries of the labyrinth, laying out a clear roadmap to a regular meditative practice. Following the liturgical calendar, each entry in Walking the Church Year offers scripture to contemplate, prayers or mantras, a reflection, and questions to inspire further thought. Suggestions for alternate labyrinth forms ensure that these meditations can be practiced by the faithful of all physical abilities.

ROBERT J. F. ELSNER is Professor and Chair of Psychology at Samford University. Formerly founding director of the Counseling program at Erskine Theological Seminary, he has held previous positions as Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and as Lecturer in Nutrition and Medicine at University College Cork (Cork, Ireland). The former Editor-in-chief of Current Research in Psychology, Rob is on several editorial boards of scientific journals and has authored dozens of scholarly publications and been interviewed for television and radio programs worldwide. He is a lifelong Episcopalian and an alumnus of Virginia Theological Seminary.

Robert Elsner's devotion to God in prayer, liturgy, and decades-long practice of engaging with labyrinths are prominent in this...wise and accessible guide.—The Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan, author of Living the Way of Love: A 40-Day Devotional

Supported by historical and theological grounding, this book is a must-have for anyone seeking to grow in their practice of embodied prayer.—Rev. Nelson Cowan, Ph.D., Director, Center for Worship and the Arts, Samford University

These spiritual walks water the reader’s souls with optimism and hope. Each devotion builds a spiritual house founded on biblical and historical material and surrounded by prayer and practical wisdom. With patient encouragement, Robert Elsner effortlessly unfurls the beautiful and spiritually enriching practice of labyrinth walking.  —Robert D. Flanagan, Chaplain, The General Theological Seminary


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