Skip to main content

Book Review: Praying Scripture for a Change

The Catholic Company asked me to review the book Praying Scripture for a Change: An Introduction to the Lectio Divinia by Dr. Tim Gray. This easy to read book is less than 150 pages.

Dr. Gray first writes about the difficulties we often have in prayer and then introduces the meaning of Lectio Divinia. Lectio Divinia is a form of prayer that has its origins with the Church fathers and has four "stages" or "rungs on the ladder." This is the prayer of the saints throughout Church history. Dr. Gray moves through each part of the book beautifully, giving examples of what each stage encompasses and how to "pray" with scripture. The author also uses vivid imagery in describing the stages of the Lectio Divinia as a vineyard that is tended and, through a great deal of work, yields a fine wine. His inspiring images helped the stages of Lectio, Meditatio, Oratio, and Contemplatio come alive for me.

Dr. Gray's explanations of each stage clearly showed that he is well versed in scripture. While reading his incredible examples, I wondered if I could really experience the fullness of this prayer that relies heavily on reading scripture and hearing God speak to me through it. Just as I was ready to say, "I do not think I can pray Lectio Divinia", Dr Gray eloquently addressed my fears and the concerns that any reader may have.

Overall, I really enjoyed Praying Scripture for a Change. I know I do not pray with scripture often enough. This book helped me to better understand the stages of prayer and how important it is pray them in order. Scripture reading (Lectio) allows us to meditate (Meditatio) and discover what we ought to pray for (Oratio), so that we can, then, discern how God wants us to move or change and, finally, drink in the fullness of His Love for us (Contemplatio).

I highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a solid understanding of Lectio Divinia, or is simply looking for a new form of prayer to invigorate their own prayer life.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Fasting and the Current State of Our Church

I love researching diets.  If it is new and popular, I probably have read about it some and maybe have even tried it.  Lately, fasting has gained popularity.  You can find books that will provide research on just how good fasting is for the body.  And, I have been intrigued, mainly because I am horrible at fasting and the thought of restricting myself from eating food completely sounds too extreme. 

As Catholics we are called to days of fasting and abstinence, and for as strong as I like to think I am, I am quite a wimpy "faster."  But, after reading a great deal about fasting and its physical benefits, I started to feel like God was asking me to get more serious about fasting, not for the physical benefits but for the spiritual ones.  My husband and I were out for a walk the other night and I was talking about my new found respect for fasting and how I feel called to do it more, for spiritual reasons, and I started to speak about how amazing it is that fasting has so many …

Settling In

I find it ironic that the last post I posted was about our move that did not happen and how God wanted me to be moldable.  When I typed those words and prayed those words, "God make me moldable," "Move to Wisconsin" was NOT what I was envisioning.  But, sometimes God's will is surprising and unexpected.

So, here we are.  18 days as Wisconsinites.  So many people have called and texted, asking me how we are doing and I often find my words fall short.  I am better at reflecting and writing out my thoughts, so this is for all those who have asked and are wondering . . .

We are doing well.  The move has felt very natural in so many ways.  It feels comfortable here. I haven't felt out of place or a "fish out of water" here at all. The kids all like it here.  Some miss their friends tremendously, which is expected.  One of my "littles" has shown some regression, also expected, but everyone is adjusting so well to the new house and neighborhood. …

On Waiting

This past weekend we went to a book party for a priest friend who had his second book Living the Beatitudes:A Journey to Life in Christ published last fall.  The party was hosted by another Catholic author.  And, after the cake was cut and people were sitting quietly, the host of the party began to speak.  He began to talk about how great this book is and how insightful so much of it is.  Then he began to share quotes from it.  And I felt as if he chose two of them for me:

"Waiting is the training ground of trust."

"Beauty is the crescendo of waiting"
Now, although we have this book and my husband has read it, I have not (sorry, Fr. B).  But that night, I sat with the book while my hubby and I sat down to attempt to watch a movie and I scoured the book for the above quotes.  Too shy to ask the host for the pages for these quotes, I skimmed page by page until I found them.  And after I found the first quote, I was confronted with line after line about waiting.  I read…