If you’re a writer, you’ll like Ed’s book. And if you’re a pray-er, you’ll like Ed’s book. If you’re both? You’ll love Ed’s book.
You don’t often get advice for both in one place. But here is a place: Pray, Write, Grow by Ed Cyzewski.
“If you want to improve your prayer life, try writing. If you want to improve your writing life, try praying. The two require many of the same practices, disciplines, and virtues.”
Both require a “lifestyle of observation and self-reflection.” And while neither praying nor writing are “safe” practices, Cyzewski encourages you to take leaps of faith into both, and helps you see potential benefits that follow.
Pray, Write, Grow includes advice on how to create space (physical and spiritual) for praying and writing, how to explore new ideas, what to do with wounds you uncover, how community can help you, and more.
“What we pray about often provides something to write about, and what we write about often provides something to pray about.”
In the back of the book, Cyzewski includes two Quick Start Guides, one for prayer and one for writing, for some simple ways to break through common challenges as well as an extensive list of helpful books and websites.
The book is short. But don’t equate that with “lite.” It’s packed full of inspiration and doable practices to enhance your individual prayers and writings.
- Chapter 1 – Creating Space to Pray and Write
- Chapter 2 – Learning to Be Present
- Chapter 3 – Do You Want to Be Made Well?
- Chapter 4 – Breaking Through with Self-Awareness
- Chapter 5 – Discernment through Prayer and Writing
- Chapter 6 – We Pray and Write by Faith
- Chapter 7 – Getting Started (Writing and Prayer Quick Start Guides)
“We pray, write, and grow because we were made to experience abundant life and to share that abundant life with others. If we try to bottle it up for ourselves, we’ll miss out on the greatest joys of prayer and creativity. We all have something to offer others.”
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The last I checked, Pray, Write, Grow is on sale at Amazon for only $1.99. If you want it, get it now.
Thanks to Ed Cyzewski for a free review copy of this book.
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