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Sacred Reading

Sacred Reading

The 2019 Guide to Daily Prayer 

Author: Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network

Price: $16.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 416

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-855-7

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: August 3, 2018

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Sacred Reading: The 2019 Guide to Daily Prayer provides a prayerful and intimate exploration of the daily gospel readings, illuminating each passage through a simple, six-step process that draws you into a personal encounter with Christ. Unlike other prayer books using the traditional spiritual devotion of lectio divina, this guide includes the Pope’s monthly prayer intentions, allowing you to participate in the global life of the Church while strengthening your own faith.

This inviting annual prayer book from the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network—an international ecclesial ministry served by the Jesuits—breaks open the daily gospel readings with a fresh take on the traditional spiritual devotion lectio divina (sacred reading) and incorporates the Pope’s monthly prayer intentions for groups across the globe. A straightforward yet deeply prayerful approach to the ancient practice of lectio divina will help you develop a sense of the universal Church in prayer for persecuted Christians, national leaders, the elderly, and those in need.

With Sacred Reading, you will be guided to

  • know God is present;
  • read the gospel;
  • notice what you think and feel;
  • pray as you are led for yourself and others;
  • listen to God; and
  • ask him how to show you how to live each day.

Beginning with Advent and continuing through the entire liturgical year, this book is a practical resource for anyone who is interested in a deeper prayer life or is seeking a new approach to both praying and living the gospel.


"A clear, helpful, and inspirational guide."

"A clear, helpful, and inspirational guide to deepen our love for scripture as we ponder God's Word and live it out in our daily lives."

Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Green Bay

"Easy-to-use prayer guide."

"This easy-to-use prayer guide is appropriate for teens and adults and provides a wonderful way to enter into the spirit of each day’s gospel readings."

Barb Szyszkiewicz
Catholic blogger and editor at

"An uncommonly useful tool."

 "Communion with God increases dramatically as we grow in knowledge of God’s Word. For most people the problem is simply getting started: determining where to begin. A most ancient and venerable practice is lectio divina, scripture reading that is meditation and contemplation but also application. Sacred Reading is an uncommonly useful tool in really getting into scripture in just this way."

Rev. Michael White and Tom Corcoran
Authors of Rebuilt

"A fully-embodied experience."

"A fully-embodied experience that includes the mind, heart, imagination, desire, and behavior."

Stephen J. Binz
Catholic speaker and author ofTransformed by God’s Word

"An innovative way to be invited, with gentle wisdom, into meeting Jesus in your prayer."

"Sacred Reading offers a superb introduction to Ignatian prayer that anyone can use. Too often Ignatian prayer is seen as something reserved only for Jesuits, for people trained in the Spiritual Exercises, or for those who have time for a directed retreat. But this book, created by experts in the traditions of Ignatian prayer, helps the reader to encounter Jesus through short scripture passages, inviting questions, and accessible reflections. It’s an innovative way to be invited, with gentle wisdom, into meeting Jesus in your prayer."

Rev. James Martin, S.J.

"Spend time learning this ancient practice."

"I encourage anyone looking to deepen their prayer life to spend time learning this ancient practice, and to come to know a God who dances freely in our imaginations if we will but go there with him."

Tim Muldoon
Author of The Discerning Parent

"Clear and concise and yet filled with wisdom and promise."

"In just six simple steps, Sacred Reading opens our minds and hearts to scripture in refreshing and profound ways. The daily meditations are clear and concise and yet filled with wisdom and promise. Reading scripture daily is good; reading scripture daily with Sacred Reading as your guide is awesome."

Marge Fenelon
Author of Imitating Mary

"A friend in prayer."

"Sacred Reading has become a friend in prayer. I find the format particularly engaging as it inspires me to reflect on the Word of God in a prayerful, practical, and personal way."

Hilda Walter
Administrative Assistant at Gesu Parish in University Heights, Ohio

"An invaluable companion."

"Sacred Reading is an invaluable companion that helps you cultivate the daily habit of praying with scripture. Learn about God, talk to him, listen to his special message for you, and rest in his presence using the engaging lectio divina format."

Lillian Moore
High school and adult faith-formation catechist
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Honey Creek, Texas


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