At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer

“I may just be a bit smitten with this book.” – Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts

“A thing of beauty!” – Phyllis Tickle, author of The Divine Hours and The Great Emergence

“What a delight, to find so extraordinary a collection meant for use in ‘ordinary time.'” – Kathleen Norris, author of Dakota and Cloister Walk

“A literary treasure store and a devotional feast.” – Leland Ryken, Professor Emeritus, Wheaton College, IL

Spend the summer and autumn weeks of “Ordinary Time”
praying with novelists and poets.

With a title inspired by T. S. Eliot, this literary prayer book expands the genre of spiritual writing to include classic and contemporary fiction and poetry, aimed at inviting you to experience God through your imagination.

The liturgical season of Ordinary Time runs for roughly twenty-nine weeks, from Pentecost Sunday in the spring until the first Sunday of Advent in late fall. It’s the longest season of the church year, with few significant events along the way, which gives it a kind of ordinariness that the other seasons lack. There are no narrative highpoints, no showy colors or costumes, not even a signature hymn or two. Enter At the Still Point.  Containing excerpts, prayers, and suggested scriptures for each of the twenty-nine weeks of Ordinary Time, this is a prayer book like none other. You will encounter fictional excerpts from Chesterton, Tolstoy, MacDonald, Melville, Hawthorne, and Garrison Keillor, as well as poems from Hopkins, Herbert, Rossetti, Scott Cairns, Kathleen Norris, and much more.

More info:

  • Read an excerpt posted on Paraclete’s website.
  • Signed and personalized copies are available exclusively here. Great gifts for graduation, ordination, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, retirement, birthday, anniversary, or weddings.
  • For ideas on how to read literature devotionally, visit here.
  • Check out At the Still Point‘s Facebook page. And feel free to ‘like,’ ‘share,’ ‘tweet,’ blog and generally be obnoxious about it!

Online reviews:

Praise for At the Still Point:

“What a delight, to find so extraordinary a collection meant for use in ‘ordinary time.’ Any book that includes passages from The Wind in the Willows and Moby Dick, as well as poems by George Herbert and Christina Rossetti, is all right with me. Especially because each of the works chosen is meant to awaken me to the movement of the spirit in daily life.”
–Kathleen Norris, author of Dakota and Cloister Walk

“Sarah Arthur’s anthology of liturgically arranged devotional, literary readings is a creme-de-la-crème book. The passages that Sarah has lovingly collected and arranged are the best available.  There is something here for every reader, with the readings including brief epigrams, lyric poems, and selections from fictional narrative. The book is both a literary treasure store and a devotional feast.  Additionally, this book belongs to a very elite category of books in which the introduction is as good as the book that follows it.”
-Leland Ryken , Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English, Wheaton College

“For the avid or eclectic reader, Sarah Arthur’s At the Still Point is a pungent bouquet of words sequestered in poetry and prose. Her selections and compositions make the heart sing and give the mind pause, cause my soul to pray and my body increasing time for Sabbath.”
-Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton, co-author of The Confessions of Three Ebony Bishops

“At the Still Point is a timely and salutary achievement. In a day when quiet and stillness, and the very idea of the ‘ordinary,’ are increasingly elusive concepts for many Christians, Sarah Arthur poignantly re-infuses them with vigor and meaning with her skilled and perceptive gleanings from the wellsprings of theology and the literary tradition.”
– Christopher W. Mitchell, Director, Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College

Meet some of the contributing Authors & Poets:

2 Responses to At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer

  1. Iris says:

    How may I share this with others on Fbk?

    • Sarah Arthur says:

      Hey there! I’m working on installing Facebook buttons on this site. In the meantime, please visit the “At the Still Point” page on FB (simply search the title), leave a wall post, like it, share it with your friends, etc. Thanks for asking!

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