Below are some books & resources that we recommend as tools for developing a habit of daily prayer and time in the Scriptures. We intentionally keep this list very short. Feel free to give us some suggestions or to contact us if you would like more recommendations. Thanks.
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Getting Started with the Daily Office in the Household
A Prayer Guide for Individuals and Families
by The Trinity Mission
A clear and practical guide for people who are looking to begin praying regularly in the historical manner of Christian prayer.
Fr. Michael Jarrett walks the reader through the “how” and “why” of every part of the Daily Office prayer services in a very casual manner helping the reader to see that “formal” prayer does not have to be cold, rigid, or dull in order to be respectful and formative for the soul. Additionally, an entire section is devoted to praying as a family with children.
Included is a liturgy for Morning Prayer, Mid-Day Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline for each day of the week. These services are based on the Anglican Church in North America’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer but are consistent with any Anglican/Benedictine practice.
Daily Readings For The Christian Year
by The Trinity Mission
A handy copy of our Daily Office Lectionary with the Collects for each week of the year. This booklet is perfect for the person who is just looking for a way to stay in the Scriptures each day in a systematic way.
Read through the most of the Bible in one, two, three, or four years. Read through whole books of the Bible in a continuous fashion. Have Old Testament readings that speak into the New Testament reading. Have New Testament readings that make sense of the Old Testament reading. Read along with the liturgical life of the Church. Plus, if your church uses the 1979 BCP or the RCL lectionary on Sundays, then your daily readings will also take you deeper into the Sunday lessons. Our Daily Office lectionary does all these things.
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The Way of Christ
An interpretation of the Rule of St. Benedict for people with jobs and families in the modern world
by The Trinity Mission
Part of the genius of Benedict’s rule was the specificity of how to live life combined with the generosity of his approach – essentially, “do it like this… but if that doesn’t work then do something else.”
Fr. Michael has been seeking to live in accordance with Benedict’s rule and training others to do so for nearly 20 years. The Way of Christ is the culmination of over a decade of conversations with parents, business owners, pastors, missionaries, and many other sorts of everyday people who have been actually trying to live out the life described here. It is not simply “a good idea” but is a good idea that has been tested, revised, and retested in the realm of real life with real people who have jobs and families.
More importantly, perhaps, The Way of Christ is a clear and concise description of how to follow Jesus Christ today in a way that is consistent with how Christians have lived, worshiped, and believed around the world and for 2000 years.
If you have asked, “what does it look like to live out the ancient ways of following Christ in the modern world,” or simply, “how do I raise my kids to live an historically Christian life,” then you will love the guidance that this little booklet provides.
Beginning To Pray
by Anthony Bloom
This is certainly the best book on prayer that you’ve probably never heard of and one of the best books there is on the subject. It’s a yearly reader. But, although it is written for beginners (as the name suggests), it is not an easy book. In our fast, active, chatty worlds, this book will stretch you in ways that are terribly uncomfortable. The Introduction alone, which is an interview with Metropolitan Anthony, is far richer, deeper, and moving toward the Gospel of Christ than most every other book that has been written in the past few years combined.
ANTHONY BLOOM – son of a Russian diplomat, physician, monk and archbishop of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain – earned the respect and affection of countless people worldwide because of his deep humanity and tireless witness to the Gospel. Although he died in 2003 at the age of 89, he continues to offer guidance in the spiritual life through his writings.
The Rule of St. Benedict
by Benedict of Nursia
Benedict begins what he calls his “little rule written for beginners” by saying, “This message of mine is for you, then, if you are ready to give up your own will, once and for all, and armed with the strong and noble weapons of obedience to do battle for the true King, Christ the Lord.”
This very short book is historically foundational for the prayer life of every western Christian. So much of our life would far more greatly glorify our Savior if we were able to have even one conversation salted with as much Holy Scripture as any randomly chosen paragraph from Benedict’s rule.
Even normal, everyday folks who aren’t planning on becoming monks (most of us here) will find that most of what Benedict discusses is valuable in our un-monk, work-a-day lives.
For fifteen centuries Benedictine monasticism has been governed by a Rule that is at once strong enough to instill order and yet flexible enough to have relevance fifteen hundred years later.
Monk Habits For Everyday People
by Dennis Okholm
This is a great book, easy to read, and very helpful in thinking through reasonable ways for normal, everyday folks to cultivate a deeper and more devout prayer life.
In their zeal for reform, early Protestant leaders tended to throw out Saint Benedict with the holy water. That is a mistake, writes Dennis Okholm, in Monk Habits for Everyday People. While on retreat in a Benedictine abbey, the author, a professor who was raised as a Pentecostal and a Baptist, observed how the meditative and ordered life of a monk lifted Jesus’ teachings off the printed page and put them into daily practice. Vital aspects of devotion, humility, obedience, hospitality, and evangelism took on new clarity and meaning. Paralleling that experience, Okholm guides the reader on a focused and instructive journey that can revitalize the devotional life of any Christian who wants to slow down and dig deeper.