FRIDAY FAVORITES FOR PRAYER AND WRITING

Each Friday I share some of my favorite finds related to praying or writing. If I think it could help you pray or write better, or just “be” better, I’ll include it below.

Do you have someone else’s article or post to share? Join the Contemplative Writers Facebook group, comment on today’s post on my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter (@LisaKDeam) to nominate your favorite articles, blog posts, and books by Thursday at noon each week.

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Of Killer Whales and Killers via Leslie Leyland Fields (on not giving up on despair, longing, our country, and God)

Why Do We Bother? via Emily Polis Gibson (“We get up to see just what might happen…”)

The Skeptic’s Guide to Spiritual Practices: Prayer via Stina Cook (in which Marilla Cuthbert helps us learn the value of structured prayer)

Many Ways to Pray: Walking A Labyrinth via Jodi Gehr (discover how to pray using this ancient practice)

To discover one’s heart is an act of reintegration . . . via Fr Aidan (Alvin) Kimel (linking our breath to the Jesus Prayer)

You know you’re a Serious Reader when . . . via Anne Bogel (Anne dishes with Shawn Smucker on favorite books and summer reading)

FRIDAY FAVORITES FOR PRAYER AND WRITING

Each Friday I share some of my favorite finds related to praying or writing. If I think it could help you pray or write better, or just “be” better, I’ll include it below.

Do you have someone else’s article or post to share? Join the Contemplative Writers Facebook group, comment on today’s post on my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter (@LisaKDeam) to nominate your favorite articles, blog posts, and books by Thursday at noon each week.

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My morning prayers keep me focused on the Holy Spirit’s presence via Mary Lee Wile (kitchen prayers for discerning the day’s path)

Rewrite Radio #14: Brian Doyle 2012 via the Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing (writer Brian Doyle, who passed away two weeks ago, talks about the power of bearing witness via the stories we tell)

Dealing with writer’s envy via Heather Walker Peterson (on the dark side of writer friendships)

How to Immediately Improve Your Query Letter’s Effectiveness via Jane Friedman (valuable practical advice for your novel queries)

Discover Your Writing Self via Andi Cumbo-Floyd (take this writing course from Andi in July)

Rough Drafts. The Struggle is Real via Stephanie S. Smith (inspiring words on taking risks and “spending it all” on your rough draft)

FRIDAY FAVORITES FOR PRAYER AND WRITING

Each Friday I share some of my favorite finds related to praying or writing. If I think it could help you pray or write better, or just “be” better, I’ll include it below. This week’s finds tend more toward spirituality than writing; some weeks are just like that.

Do you have someone else’s article or post to share? Join the Contemplative Writers Facebook group, comment on today’s post on my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter (@LisaKDeam) to nominate your favorite articles, blog posts, and books by Thursday at noon each week.

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12 Best Practices for Finding Time, Energy, and Inspiration to Write + A Prayer for Writers via Sarah Bessey (notes from Sarah’s workshop at the Princeton Theological Seminary’s Frederick Buechner Writer’s Workshop)

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 1 via Richard Rohr (on St. Francis, a “second Christ”)

Putting on the Mind of Christ via Chuck DeGroat (what is “unknowing” and how does it relate to putting on the mind of Christ?)

The Wonder Of It All via Sharon Brani (finding God in the beauty of the cosmos; after you read this essay, check out the entire June issue of The Redbud Post on finding God in creation)

Meditation Monday: Rest In The Peace Beyond Understanding via Christine Sine (how to journey peacefully amidst life’s challenges)

Exploring Summer Sabbath via Whitney R. Simpson (soul care tips for your summer)

Books Can Keep You Stitched Together via Velynn Brown (on the power of story and books as friends)

 

FRIDAY FAVORITES FOR PRAYER AND WRITING

Each Friday I share some of my favorite finds related to praying or writing. If I think it could help you pray or write better, or just “be” better, I’ll include it below.

I found so many good articles and posts this week: some deeply spiritual, some funny, some practical the internet was on fire, it seemed! If you have someone else’s article to nominate, be sure to let me know next week before noon on Thursday.

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Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out (an interview with author Adam S. McHugh)

Liturgical Meditations: Pentecost (a video meditation from Fuller Studio)

I want to be all flame via Morgan Guyton (on becoming overwhelmed by the brilliance of God)

This Is the Place via Carolyn Arends (a video reflection on the intersection of spirituality, music, and songwriting)

Prayer for a New Day of Promise and Opportunity via April Yamasaki (“The day lies before us like a page waiting to be written . . .”)

Finding God in Fairytales via Tanya Marlow (how stories, imagery, and faraway worlds help us connect with God)

Getting to the Core of Your Distractions via C. S. Lakin (identifying what most distracts you and keeps you from being productive)

The Writer’s Process via Hallie Cantor (hilarious . . . because if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry)

FRIDAY FAVORITES FOR PRAYER AND WRITING

Each Friday I share some of my favorite finds related to praying or writing. If I think it could help you pray or write better, or just “be” better, I’ll include it below.

Do you have someone else’s article or post to share? Join the Contemplative Writers Facebook group, comment on today’s post on my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter (@LisaKDeam) to nominate your favorite articles, blog posts, and books by Thursday at noon each week.

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A ‘Fully Human Solution’ to War: Thomas Merton on Christian Nonviolence via Greg Hillis (Thomas Merton on peace and dialogue)

Summer Book Club: The Brothers Karamozov via Chris Fann (an opportunity to read a great book with D. L. Mayfield and the Off the Page community)

3 Contemplative Practices That Will Improve Your Writing via Phileena Heuertz (a repost from January with restorative practices for the writing life)

When Money, Fame, and Admiration Aren’t Enough via Shawn Smucker (asking difficult questions about what writers really want)

 

FRIDAY FAVORITES FOR PRAYER AND WRITING

Each Friday I share some of my favorite finds related to praying or writing. If I think it could help you pray or write better, or just “be” better, I’ll include it below.

Do you have someone else’s article or post to share? Join the Contemplative Writers Facebook group, comment on today’s post on my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter (@LisaKDeam) to nominate your favorite articles, blog posts, and books by Thursday at noon each week.

Slow Down (An Invitation) via Kelly Chripczuk ( a lovely poem to help you be in the moment)

Memorise a poem – reciting one can be as calming as mindfulness via Allie Esiri (what a wonderful idea!)

Now, Courage Looks Like This via Shawn Smucker (for days when inspiration . . . waits)

A Responsibility to Light: An Illustrated Manifesto for Creative Resilience and the Artist’s Duty in Dark Times via Maria Popova (“Feel all the things. Feel the hard things ….”)

A Writer’s Worst Fear via William Kenower (on approval, solitude, and fearless writing)

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists via Colum McCann (some practical tips)

FRIDAY FAVORITES FOR PRAYER AND WRITING

Each Friday I share some of my favorite finds related to praying or writing. If I think it could help you pray or write better, or just “be” better, I’ll include it below.

Do you have someone else’s article or post to share? Join the Contemplative Writers Facebook group, comment on today’s post on my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter (@LisaKDeam) to nominate your favorite articles, blog posts, and books by Thursday at noon each week.

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Author Tuesday: The Divine Dance (Mike Morrell), via Cara Meredith (an interview with Mike Morrell, co-author with Richard Rohr of The Divine Dance)

Tuesday Tip with Rich: A Mystic Love via Rich Lewis  (with a quote to encourage you as you pray)

Jesus Is King, America Is in Chaos, Now What? via Ed Cyzewski (no matter what your politics are, read this post about turning to prayer in times of chaos and crisis)

Returning to a Ritual: Reading a Writing Book Each Day via Andi Cumbo-Floyd (with suggestions to get you started)

Why Reading Fiction Is Good for the Soul via Ashley Hales (I agree with everything in this essay because — true confession — fiction is what I love to read the most!)

Practicing From the Inside Out: Balancing Our Working Life via Greg Richardson (how’s your work-life balance right now?)

FRIDAY FAVORITES FOR PRAYER AND WRITING

Each Friday I share some of my favorite finds related to praying or writing. If I think it could help you pray or write better, or just “be” better, I’ll include it below.

Do you have someone else’s article or post to share? Join the Contemplative Writers Facebook group, comment on today’s post on my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter (@LisaKDeam) to nominate your favorite articles, blog posts, and books by Thursday at noon each week.

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Why I Write via Anna Gissing (part of a series on writing as a spiritual discipline)

How Significant Books Become Good Friends via Richard J. Foster (I love the idea of books as friends!)

Tesser Well via Amanda Cleary Eastep (can you guess the book that served as an impetus for this essay on faith and writing?)

5 Things I Learned From My Six-Week Social Media Fast via Michelle DeRusha (don’t worry – social media’s not all bad)

The Art and Practice of Spiritual Discernment via The Transforming Center (part of a leadership podcast but good for all of us!)

FRIDAY FAVORITES FOR PRAYER AND WRITING

Each Friday I share some of my favorite finds related to praying or writing. If I think it could help you pray or write better, or just “be” better, then I’ll include it below.

Do you have someone else’s article or post to share? Join the Contemplative Writers Facebook group, comment on today’s post on my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter (@LisaKDeam) to nominate your favorite articles, blog posts, and books by Thursday at noon each week.

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Warming Up to Prayer via Tammy Perlmutter (in which Buffy the Vampire Slayer makes an appearance)

A Contemplative Faith – With a Gaelic Accent! via Carl McColman

The Books That Made Your Favorite Writers Want to Write via Emily Temple (some surprising choices here!)

When Writing Is Actually About Waiting via Joe Fassler

Why I Said Yes to a Part-Time Job (Or, Let’s Talk Real About the Creative Life) via Michelle DeRusha

FRIDAY FAVORITES FOR PRAYER AND WRITING

Each Friday I share some of my favorite finds related to praying or writing. If I think it could help you pray or write better, or just “be” better, I’ll include it below.

Do you have someone else’s article or post to share? Join the Contemplative Writers Facebook group, comment on today’s post on my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter (@LisaKDeam) to nominate your favorite articles, blog posts, and books by Thursday at noon each week.

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Monday Merton: Is the Church Redemptive or Self-Serving? via Ed Cyzewski (when the mission of the Church becomes distorted)

Daily Lectio Divina: Hildegard of Bingen via Laura Cavanaugh (a guided lectio divina podcast)

Only One Platform Will Last via Karen Swallow Prior (it’s time to reimagine the p-word)

The Long View on a Writer’s Work via Andi Cumbo-Floyd (are you writing for now or for the long-view, or both?)

Why I’m Committing to the Work-Ahead Advantage via Ann Kroeker (try writing ahead for the busy or dry times that will come)