Head over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and cast your vote for my newest book, "Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality." (B&N gets extra points for getting the title right in its catalog.)
Here's what I had to say in my introduction to this book, which really grew out of my own need to bring a little sanity, serenity, and spirituality to my rather crazy, chaotic, and confusing life:
"Developing a regular and ever-deepening prayer life sounds fantastic on the surface, but it can be a tough thing to put into practice. Life gets in the way. We get in the way. We may want to pray with all our heart, but when it comes down to it, there just aren't enough hours in the day. How do we fit prayer into our already busy schedules, and what's the right way to pray anyway?
"I wrote this book to answer those questions, not only for my readers but for myself...I began exploring everyday prayer practices, starting with a spiritual breakfast routine and expanding to prayer while driving, prayer while waiting, and prayer while cleaning. And guess what? It works....By weaving prayer into the actions of daily life -- showering, cooking, cleaning, driving, working, eating, jogging, and more -- you can bring a sense of the divine to everything you do. Suddenly life isn't the chore you might imagine it to be; it's a joy, because everyday prayer makes you grateful, shows you where God enters into your busy life, and helps you traverse the highs and lows with equal calmness."
Still not ready to put that book in your cart? Okay, here's what Jesuit Father James Martin said about "Everyday Divine" in his endorsement:
"I love this book because it's practical. Too often spirituality is seen as something reserved either for mystics or, well, 'someone else.' Mary DeTurris Poust shows us that the spiritual life is not removed from your daily life, it is your daily life. Her new book will invite you to try some simple, down-to-earth and accessible ways of encountering God in what you might consider your 'ordinary' life. But after you've discovered God while you pray, but also while you work, clean, hike, exercise, do yoga and look at a sunset, your life will begin to seem pretty extraordinary indeed. Because it is."So, go ahead, cast your vote for my book and you'll be the winner today. (How corny is that?!?!)
-- James Martin, SJ, author of The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything