New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Creating a Life with God

The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices

Daniel Wolpert • June 2003

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"This book is truly about life with God: a life in which the awareness and consciousness of God sweep us off our feet the way a lover would. It is about taking on the mind of Christ, a process that is a journey, the journey of prayer."

So begins Wolpert's invitation to fully experience the lifeline God offers us in prayer.

Creating a Life with God goes beyond the rote prayers that so many of us have experienced and found wanting. In fact, Wolpert admits that his own frustration with the formula prayers and his unsettled longing immediately after college led to his search for a different kind of prayer, one that's "a deep conversation with God beginning with communion and leading to transformation."

Prayer illuminates our minds, enabling the love of God to permeate all that we do. The purpose of this book is to nourish a deeper, more satisfying prayer life. Wolpert explains 12 prayer practices and introduces you to historical figures who best illuminate each practice. You'll discover new ways to pray through

  • experiencing solitude and silence
  • using your mind and imagination
  • using your body and creativity
  • connecting with nature and community

You'll discover how classical approaches to God can deepen your prayer life today. An appendix offers step-by-step instructions for practicing the Jesus Prayer and the prayer of examen, for walking the labyrinth, and more.

Creating a Life with God is suitable for both individual and small group study.

Categories: Prayer, Spiritual Practice
Daniel Wolpert, a healer and student of the spiritual life, has taught and led retreats in the fields of psychology and spiritual formation in numerous settings over the past 30 years. Cofounder and executive director of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing (www.micahprays.org), spiritual director at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, and a Presbyterian pastor, he is also the author of Leading a Life with God: The Practice of Spiritual Leadership, Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices, coauthor of Meeting God in Virtual Reality, and most recently The Collapse of the Three Story Universe: Christianity in an Age of Science (MICAH, 2013).

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9855-3

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1300-6

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1301-3

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: June 2003

Trim Size: 5.375 in (w) x 8.375 in (h) x 0.441 in (d)

Page Count: 192

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

BISAC1: REL012120

BISAC2: REL012070

BISAC3: REL012000

"Daniel is a pray-er. He knows the pain, boredom, and joy of silence. He knows the anxiety of waiting for a word from God. He knows what it's like to have your life slowly altered and transformed through regular periods of prayer. ... As you read these pages, know that this is more than a 'guidebook.' It is an invitation to join Jesus in prayer. It is an invitation to recognize and tend the longing of your heart."

-- from the Foreword by Mark Yaconelli Conference Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project San Francisco Theological Seminary

Books by Daniel Wolpert