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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

Reprinted 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.

Praying in the Messiness of Life

7 Ways to Renew Your Relationship with God

Linda Douty • March 2011

BUY Print $11.99

BUY eBook (Available in ePub or Kindle) $7.99

How can you find more time for prayer when life keeps you on the run? Maybe the answer is easier than you think.

In Praying in the Messiness of Life, Linda Douty encourages you to incorporate prayer into your daily life as it is, rather than trying to find more time to pray. Her fresh ideas for weaving prayer into each day will help you connect with God even in the messiness of life.You will feel closer to God and better able to cope with your circumstances.

Spiritual director and author Jane E. Vennard says, "With the words 'God is more interested in our growth than our guilt,' Linda Douty leads us on an exciting journey of learning to pray as we can, not as we can't. Her stories, prayer suggestions, and reflection questions offer heartfelt and practical ways to stretch open our lives of prayer and help us renew and deepen our relationship with God."

A great resource for individual or group study. Includes reflection questions and a group guide (with options for a 5- or 9-week study or a prayer retreat).


Linda Douty is the author of three books; Praying in the Messiness of Life: 7 Ways to Renew Your Relationship with God, How Can I Let Go If I Don't Know I'm Holding On?–Setting Our Souls Free, and How Can I See the Light When It's So Dark?–Journey to a Thankful Heart. A book reviewer, retreat leader, and spiritual director, Linda also leads workshops on topics ranging from aging and personal growth to spiritual formation. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1041-8

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1051-7

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1155-2

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: March 2011

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.5 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 112

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Prayer

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Books by Linda Douty