Here are a few of the LIM team’s favourite resources for delving into our own prayer lives. Check back here each issue for books, podcasts, or other recommendations.
Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt
This book provides a great reminder that the Christian faith is about applying truth to the everyday stuff of life. With the rhythms of life, we realize that mission can happen anytime and anywhere. We have a great opportunity to train people to engage in day-to-day life with the intention of making disciples.
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy With God by Tim Keller
Written at a time when Timothy Keller and his wife were diagnosed with life-altering diseases, this book bridges the gap between practical and theoretical. It taught me how to recognize God’s presence and purposes in my ordinary life.
Scott the Painter
You know that question, if you could have dinner with anyone? Scott Erickson would be near the top of the list for me. Scott or Emma Watson, it’s a toss-up.
But back to Scott The Painter. He brings together beliefs, images, and words. He is a man of many talents ranging from being a performance speaker, author, and a touring painter (who knew that was a thing?!). His work is a culmination of autobiography, mythology, and aesthetics to create art that speaks to what it means to live deeply.
Scott welcomes you. To think. To enjoy. To be sad. To laugh. To ponder. To see beauty. And I think, most importantly, to live and engage curiosity. Basically, to quote his tagline, he’s a curator of awesomeness.
Please go find him and his work on Instagram (@scottthepainter). There you can find his current show for free: SAY YES: A Liturgy of Not Giving Up On Yourself.
Letters to Malcolm by C.S. Lewis
This book is contemplative and questioning. It’s written as a series of letters to “Malcolm,” a fictional friend, and covers the nuances, benefits, and drawbacks of different types of prayer, such as personal and collective. It challenged me to consider how I approach the Lord, both mentally and physically. It’s a good book to read slowly and discuss with friends.