Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as Guide to a Spiritual Life

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Have you ever wondered if there was some kind of guide to living a deeper, richer spiritual life that seamlessly incorporated scripture alongside the wisdom of the Church? There is, and you can find it in a pew rack near you. The Book of Common Prayer is more than a service book. It is a map to a deeper relationship with God and a framework for developing a more intentional and rewarding life of faith.

Scholar Derek Olsen explores liturgical spirituality and how the prayer book serves as a repository of Christian wisdom and spiritual practice stretching back to the beginnings of the Christian movement. Focusing on three key elements, the Calendar, the Daily Office, and the Eucharist. Olsen discusses the spiritual principles behind the three. He provides clear, practical, easy-to-follow explanations of the services. Olsen explains the purpose and intention of the different components
of the prayer book and offers fresh insight into the book’s practical applications for daily living.

Editorial Reviews
"This is the book that Episcopalians have needed for the last 40 years, but hasn't existed until now--a true field manual for Prayer Book spirituality."
-Daniel H. Martins (Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Springfield)

"Written in an engaging style that is both conversational and informative, Inwardly Digest is a timely invitation to life in the Spirit sustained by the patterns and rhythms of the Prayer Book."
-Frank Griswold (25th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church)

Derek Olsen