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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”0190885203″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”235″]Jana Riess’s new book on Millennials in the LDS church, is a helpful book, that is pertinent for understanding this generation in most religious communities:

The Next Mormons:
How Millennials Are Changing
the LDS Church

Jana Riess

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2019
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The Prayer Wheel [Review]

April 26, 2018


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”1524760315″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”252″]A True-pointing Compass
for the Journey

A Review of 

The Prayer Wheel:
A Daily Guide To Renewing Your Faith With A Rediscovered 
Spiritual Practice

Patton Dodd, Jana Riess and David Van Biema

Hardback: Convergent, 2018
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Reviewed by Aarik Danielsen

Abbreviated from the review in 
our Lent 2018 magazine issue. 
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A fulfilling prayer life can seem like a white whale to many Christians: faraway, elusive, hard to line up in your sights. If the ideal and reality of prayer fail to match up frequently, disciples tend to turn their faces toward one of three sources of resolution. There’s innovation— inventing a new acrostic or mnemonic, treating an obscure Biblical prayer as the key that will unlock all heavenly doors. There’s tradition—planting yourself in ancient gardens such as lectio divina, or forging personal habits, custom-made to bring prayer to life. Saddest of all is attrition, when spiritual fruit dies on the vine because a Christian never grows comfortable in prayer or assumes God is too cruel or too cool to answer.

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God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament.”
– Evelyn Underhill,
who was born on this date in 1875.
The Wake Up CallPoem of the Day:
Ready for Silence
An Advent Poem by
Madeleine L’Engle
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*** 3 Advent Poems by
Madeleine L’Engle

Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day:
Flunking Sainthood
By Jana Riess

Only $2.99!!!
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The Wake Up Call – December 6, 2014


Dec 10: Apparently this sale is now over… Sorry!


Paraclete Press is currently running an ebook sale with a bunch of titles on sale for 99c or $2.99!!

*** Browse the full sale here ***

Here are twelve essential titles that are featured in the sale:


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[easyazon_link asin=”B0044XV7HE” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”douloschristo-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture[/easyazon_link]

By Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove


*** Our 2010 Book of the Year!

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By Michael Casey

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Quote of the Day:
“Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.”
Samuel Butler, who died on this day, 1902
Poem of the Day:
The Metaphysical Sectarian
by Samuel Butler

HE was in Logick a great Critick,
Profoundly skill’d in Analytick.
He could distinguish, and divide
A Hair ‘twixt South and South-West side:
On either which he would dispute,
Confute, change hands, and still confute.


Kindle Ebook of the Day: 
Flunking Sainthood by Jana Riess– $2.99!!!
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The Wake Up Call – June 18, 2014


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A Review of

The Twible

Jana Riess

Paperback: 2013
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
In the fall of 2009, Jana Riess was stuck with a brilliant idea. She would tweet her way through the Bible, a chapter each day, humorously trying to capture the spirit of each chapter in 140 characters. Her first tweet, on Genesis 1 of course:

“After 6 days of creation, G’s totally wiped. Day off tomorrow!  Key point: human beings very good. M and F in G’s image.”

Christening this project The Twible (rhymes with Bible, or like “tribal” with a lisp), Riess inched her way through the biblical text for almost 4 years. 1189 tweets later, she posted her tweet on Revelation 22:

“Bible ends with G opening a fruit-of-the-month club and restoring Eden.  All has come full circle. (Warning: Do not add to story. Amen.)”

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Today and Tomorrow are the last two days of the huge sale that Paraclete Press is running on their ebooks.

Over 130 ebooks have been marked down, and most of these are $2.99 or less!!!


Kindle users can browse the full list here:


If you prefer your ebooks in another format, Paraclete has those too: 
ePUB for Nook
or PDF ebooks


HOWEVER, if you don’t have the time or desire to browse the full collection, we have picked 12 essential ebooks that you should own and read:
(Sorry, links below go to Kindle ebooks only…)



[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”B0044XV7HE” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”74″ alt=”Paraclete Press”] 1) [easyazon-link asin=”B0044XV7HE” locale=”us”]The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture[/easyazon-link]  – Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove


Our 2010 Book of the Year — [ Read our review… ]

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2) [easyazon-link asin=”B002UKOKJU” locale=”us”]Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others[/easyazon-link]  by Scot McKnight

Link to share:

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[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”B002BDU85G” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”72″] 3) [easyazon-link asin=”B002BDU85G” locale=”us”]Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline [/easyazon-link] by Lauren Winner

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The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
13 December 2012

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Advent Poem of the Day: “After Annunciation” by Madeleine L’Engle
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“The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.” -Spanish rabbi/ philosopher, Maimonides, who died on this day in 1204
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Happy Birthday to Jana Riess!
Read our review of her wonderful 2011 book, Flunking Sainthood


Book News:

Thanks be to God for this new day, may it be full of beauty and grace!

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Our latest book giveaway !

We’re giving away 6 sets of this book and CD combo:



Enter to win a Free copy of this book
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