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.

Upper Room Spiritual Classics: Writings of John of the Cross

Keith Beasley-Topliffe, Editor • April 2017

BUY Print $7.99

BUY eBook (Available in ePub or Kindle) $5.99


  • Historical commentary
  • Biographical info
  • Appendix with further readings

For nearly 2,000 years, Christian mystics, martyrs, and sages have documented their search for the divine. Their writings have bestowed boundless wisdom upon subsequent generations. But they have also burdened many spiritual seekers. The sheer volume of available material creates a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. Enter the Upper Room Spiritual Classics series, a collection of authoritative texts on Christian spirituality curated for the everyday reader. Designed to introduce 15 spiritual giants and the range of their works, these volumes are a first-rate resource for beginner and expert alike.

John of the Cross, a 16th-century Carmelite monk, used vivid metaphors and biblical stories to describe a process of detachment from earthly desires. His experience, which he described as the "dark night of the soul," freed him to receive God's blessings. John's writings have inspired countless Christians over the centuries.

Keith Beasley-Topliffe retired in July 2016 after serving as a United Methodist pastor for 36 years. He holds a BA from Cornell University, an MDiv from Boston University School of Theology, and an MA from The Institute of Formative Spirituality, Duquesne University.Beasley-Topliffe was the editor of The Upper Room Spiritual Classics, a major contributor to The Spiritual Formation Bible, and general editor of The Upper Room Dictionary of Spiritual Formation. He is the author of Surrendering to God: Living the Covenant Prayer (Paraclete Press, 2004).

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1649-6

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1681-6

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1682-3

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: April 2017

Trim Size: 5 in (w) x 7 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 84

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Inspirational

BISAC1: REL012040

BISAC2: REL110000

BISAC3: REL012120