Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with My Pen: Book Review

Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with My Pen by Rachel Hackenberg

I’ve only dipped into this book briefly—I figured I’d do it during Lent—but it looks promising and manageable as a daily exercise. My life just isn’t configured for daily meditations that are long and cumbersome. This book, I can do.

Hackenberg provides an original daily prayer, followed by a scripture passage and a prompt for your own written response. The material is thoughtfully presented, and just plain thoughtful. One of the prompts is to write words of affirmation to oneself as if from God. That’s a nice twist and was a holy experience for me.

Hackenberg is a pastor in the United Church of Christ and a mother. Her blog gives you a good sense of what to expect in the book. Her writing is clean, declarative and free of churchy pretense. (For example, the first day’s entry is called “Caffeine.” Nice.)

This book comes from Paraclete Press, and I’m very excited about their “Active Prayer Series,” which includes this book and Sybil MacBeth’s Praying in Color. More, more!


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