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.

What We Need Is Here

Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality

L. Roger Owens • November 2015

BUY Print $13.99

BUY eBook (Available in ePub or Kindle) $9.99

Are you seeking a deeper, more authentic experience of God? Maybe you've attended retreats, read dozens of books on spirituality, or even consulted a spiritual director and found yourself still wanting more.

Did you know that God has given you everything you need to live and flourish in a life with God? You can stop your restless searching and rediscover the gifts God has already given you.

In What We Need Is Here, Roger Owens calls you to return to 7 basics of Christian spirituality:

  • Reading the Gospels
  • Praying the Psalms
  • Making friends with silence
  • Finding Jesus at church
  • Meeting Jesus through Holy Communion
  • Embodying your spirituality
  • Being with the poor

Writing in a style that is honest, accessible, and at times humorous, Owens weaves his own stories of struggle with insights from the history of Christian spirituality to help you receive and open yourself to these 7 "givens."

This book includes practical exercises and questions for reflection and discussion, making it ideal for individuals and groups.

L. Roger Owens is associate professor of Christian spirituality and ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. An ordained United Methodist minister, Roger has pastored urban and rural congregations in North Carolina. He is married to Rev. Ginger Thomas, and they are the parents of three children. Roger loves to read, sing, listen to his children make music, and take quiet walks.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1510-9

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1530-7

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1511-6

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: November 2015

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x 0.309 in (d)

Page Count: 144

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

BISAC1: REL012120



Rare is the book that will change your feelings. You're holding one such book in your hands. Roger Owens's work is wise, gentle, funny, and holy.
—Jason Byassee, senior pastor, Boone United Methodist Church and a fellow in theology & leadership at Duke Divinity School

Roger Owens takes us to the heart of Christian spirituality in this affirmative, practical guide. With well-formed biblical wisdom and a warm pastor's heart, Roger gives us wise guidance on the ways we can meet and be met by a living, loving God.
—Will Willimon Retired United Methodist bishop and professor of the practice of Christian ministry, Duke Divinity School

Books by L. Roger Owens