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Writing to God offers forty insightful days of prayer and personal reflection. With poems and thoughts to prompt your own prayers, Writing to God will inspire you when you feel dry, help you voice your deepest complaints and greatest joys, and surprise you with fresh perspectives on God.
When verbal prayers feel stale, or you simply want to try something fresh, open this inviting guide and pray wherever the pen leads!
"Praying by writing takes a prayer out of my head and makes praying a whole-body exercise: my creativity is sparked, my spirit fully focused, my muscles employed, my sense of touch and awareness of breath heightened. I felt more connected to prayer than I had ever experienced before. Rachel Hackenberg's words have a heartbeat — sometimes they are beautiful and otherworldly; other time they are simple and earthy. When I read her prayers, I'm sure I have just prayed. But she wants me to take up my pen and pray. With a prayer, a Scripture passage, and a task, she gives me a personal invitation and permission to enter the incarnational practice of writing my words to God."— Sybil MacBeth, author of Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God
"For some, speaking to God comes naturally — for others, speaking to God feels awkward, especially when we can't find the words or begin to stumble in mid-sentence. Hackenberg offers an alternative way. Writing to God is an expression of deep humility — it seems to say, "If I can write to God, so can you."— Donald Capps, Professor of Pastoral Theology (Emeritus), Princeton Theological Seminary
"Inspiration can come at any time or place, awakening the artist, writer, and creator in all of us just by picking up a pen and letting the words flow. Living with this book will make each day a holy adventure." — Bruce Epperly, author ofHoly Adventure: 41 Days of Audacious Living
Rachel G. Hackenberg is an ordained United Church of Christ minister and author of Writing to God and Writing to God: Kid’s Edition. She facilitates workshops and retreats on prayer and worship, clergy renewal, and congregational vitality. She blogs at faithandwater.com.