Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The God of our Deepest Longings

The God of Our Deepest Longings: Seven Biblical MeditationsA friend sent me this book and I put it in chapel with my prayerbooks. You never know when you need something new and different! I picked it up a while back and couldn't put it down. It was easy to read-only about a hundred pages, but I'm on my second time, much-slower, let's-relish-this reading. Even the chapter titles are worthy of a long meditation: "What are you looking for?" "Where do you live?" "What Supports you?" "Becoming Transparent."
It's a thin book, but I guarantee that if you, say, started it on Ash Wednesday, you would probably still not be through it by Pentecost :) Or longer, depending on how much you get out of it, between the suggested Scripture readings, the questions for reflection.... But don't wait until Lent to get started: the end of summer is a perfect time to kick-start a resolution to spend more time in prayerful reading.
I love finding new treasures and passing them on. This one would be an easy one to miss, but please don't. It covers the most basic desires of our heart and reveals the God of our deepest longings through the most beautiful passages of Scripture.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Feature

We just finished recording a new album of inspirational songs; it won't be completely ready for quite some time (the instruments haven't been done yet), but just so you know.
We're testing a CafePress site that will allow you to support the mission of the Daughters of St. Paul and get some unique (and generally practical) items. Just so happens we are launching this trial balloon during a "free shipping" promotion at CafePress ("free" for orders over $40). So far there are only two main themes: Books (you knew that, right?) and New Orleans (you probably guessed that much, too).
Here are a few samples:

The mug and the book bag have a quote from Chesterton: "Literature is a luxury; Fiction a necessity." The apron says, "I'd rather be reading!"

And from the "Geaux Getters" department: