Connections: A Pocket Guide to Prayer

I hope you don’t find this posting too “self promoting,” but I want to let you know that the project I’ve been working on for more than a year is finally finished and available.

It’s entitled A Pocket Guide to Prayer, published by Upper Room Books.  You can find it at the Upper Room Books website, or at

In 2009, I was invited to produce what is literally a pocket-sized prayer book.  Ralph Cushman did something similar in the 1940’s, and The Upper Room felt it was time for a new volume to be offered to the Christian community.  With the emergence of an “ancient/future” mindset, a new desire for liturgical formation has arisen.  More and more people are wanting to root their devotional life in this classical model.

A Pocket Guide to Prayer seeks to resource that desire by providing a guide for five periods of prayer each day.  The book is built upon a pattern used by Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians over the centuries, and particularly upon one used by John Wesley and the early Methodists. 

In addition to the orders for prayer, there are supportive sections dealing with the Psalms, with Hymns, and other Prayers.  The book also contains a “mini school of formation” (30 days of instruction from the saints), a brief introduction to Lectio Divina, and suggested resources to help you grow in the life of prayer.

If this sounds like something that would assist you in your spiritual formation, I offer it to you with the prayer that God will use it in your life to that end.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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3 Responses to Connections: A Pocket Guide to Prayer

  1. Sharon says:

    Will you sign ours? We feel honored to know you and J. Besides if you don’t sell books how will J. ever get to eat out?

  2. marcie miller says:

    I look forward to getting one of your books. As I was cleaning out my mother’s books after her daeth last year I discovered the very (old) Pocket Book of Prayer by Cushman that you based this new one on. I have quite enjoyed reading through it; there’s something comforting about the old English way of praying, but I do tire of that dialogue after a couple days and put it down for more contemporary devotionals.
    Thank you for writing a new one; what a treat it wil be to see your work.

  3. Yeah Steve! Very happy to hear about this and will be getting myself one! You are a blessing!

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