Monday, August 20, 2018

Prayer in Motion: Connecting with God in Fidgety Times

Now available through Apocryphile Press!

Does your daily schedule make setting aside time to pray difficult? Do you feel too distracted even in those rare times when you can finally sit down to pray? Learn spiritual practices to seek God’s presence even in your busiest moments.
Jeffrey Nelson is a pastor, spiritual director, author, and blogger who has been speaking and writing about ways for busy people to deepen their spiritual lives for years.
Prayer in Motion is an accessible commentary on how to weave spirituality into one’s entire life, where it was always meant to be. Grounded in wisdom from some of the great Christian spiritual thinkers, Prayer in Motion offers easy-to-use spiritual practices while at work, exercising, doing chores, during one’s daily commute, and more.
In this book you’ll learn:
• Stories from the Bible where people discover God’s presence in ways besides sitting in stillness or silence;
• Personal anecdotes and stories that help illustrate what spirituality in everyday activities looks like;
• Insights from classic spiritual practices such as walking the labyrinth, using prayer beads, and making a pilgrimage adapted and applied to everyday activities;
• Real-life application through thought-provoking questions and useful suggestions for prayer at the end of every chapter.
Prayer in Motion not only gives you permission to move while praying, but tells you how to do so in easy-to-use, concrete ways. This is the practical guide you’ve been looking for to carry spiritual practices out of retreat centers and houses of worship and into the places where you spend most of your time.
Get Prayer in Motion and start using its tips to connect more deeply with God in the midst of fidgety and frantic days.

Available at these retailers:

Apocryphile Press
Barnes and Noble

This book is for...

...those interested in spiritual practice but unsure where to start...

...those who think they're too busy to pray...

...those who have time to pray but have trouble sitting still to do it...

...those wondering if it's possible to pray in ways other than sitting still...

...those wanting to connect their spirituality with the rest of their lives...

...those seeking how to sense God's presence in the midst of time with family, work, and hobbies.

Praise for Prayer in Motion:

"We live in fidgety times. And now we have a prayer guide for those of us who have trouble sitting in silence or finding large blocks of time for prayer and meditation. Pastor and spiritual director Jeff Nelson writes from his own experience and uses stories from scripture to show us how to begin to see all of life as an opportunity to connect with God. Prayer in Motion explains the “why” of integrating prayer into our daily activities and ends each chapter with the “how,” giving suggestions and reflection questions. This is the perfect book for the new parent, the stressed out graduate student or any other person currently overwhelmed by life!" - Teresa Blythe, author of Spiritual Direction 101 and 50 Ways to Pray 

"We live in times where every moment of our day something or someone is clamoring for our attention. Our everyday living has been hijacked into a false assumption that we either must be consuming or producing something at all times or our lives do not have meaning. It is no wonder that there is a deep hunger for spirituality in our time and, yet, even the most spiritual among us find it hard to carve out the time necessary to nurture that hunger. I used to think of this as a struggle of life-work balance, that if I could just summon a way to get them in harmony I would have reached the height of spirituality. What if I have this backwards? Perhaps it is not a life-work balance, but rather one of life-work-spirit integration. Jeff Nelson, in his deep kinship with the mystics and spiritual practices, reminds us that our everyday living is not separate from our spirituality. In fact, Jeff places God and spiritual practice directly in the middle of clicking pens, folding laundry, and parenting......the everyday stuff of life. From communing in the words of Brother Lawrence, walking, eating, or creating art, Jeff suggests that each moment of our lives presents us with an opportunity to connect with God. This is a much needed book in these very anxious, busy, and overwhelming times. Take the insights of this illuminating book and allow them to inspire within you new practices of connection with God, neighbor, and the world around you." - Chad Abbott, Indiana-Kentucky UCC Conference Minister and author of Sacred Habits

This is a wonderfully practical book for busy people who want to have a deeper relationship with God but have been discouraged by examples that require more time, money, or freedom than they have available. Prayer-in-Motion blends scripture and story with spiritual exercises that emanate from real life: our day planners and iPhone calendars, our carpooling and grocery shopping, our fidgeting and questioning. The author’s kind and realistic voice reassures us that even the most complicated day of our lives can be full of opportunities to pray. - Martha Spong, co-author of Denial Is My Spiritual Practice