Starting today through December 20, you can register for a Goodreads giveaway of “The Prayer Steering wheel: A Daily Guidebook to Renewing The Faith with a Rediscovered Spiritual Practice.”
Penguin Random House is offering 20 copies of the book. So you might be the first on the block to learn it before it officially releases on February 20!
I’m one of three co-authors of this little publication, along with David Van Biema and Patton Dodd. Everything started in 2015 when David wrote this document about a medieval publication of gospels that was on the market for huge amount of money.
Tucked away within the gospels reserve was this Latin wheel with the texts of the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, the Gift items of the Holy Spirit, and moments from the life of Christ – all split into sevens and so they pair up into spokes with four factors per spoke.
Portion of the mystery of the Steering wheel is in the way its medieval creators paired certain factors together – this Beatitude with that Gift, for example. I find this historic tool endlessly interesting and an inspiring springboard to deeper prayer.
How old are we talking? The publication of gospels dates from 980 and was within a monastery in Liesborn, Germany. The prayer steering wheel diagram was added to it later, around 1100.
As far simply because we realize, we’re the first contemporary authors to create about medieval prayer wheels, apart from 1 academic dissertation. You may still find some around in collections of rare books and manuscripts, just like the “Steering wheel of Sevens” at Yale (see here and below), but until now no one has attemptedto recover the Steering wheel as an ancient spiritual practice and not merely an artifact of traditional interest.
If you’re curious, join the giveaway! And be sure to let us know what you think. The Prayer Wheel’s website is currently ready to go at prayerwheelbook.com, where you could read more about the wheel and see the growing list of people who have endorsed the job. Below are a few of those blurbs merely to give a feeling of our growing enthusiasm.
“This bold recovery of a long-forgotten way to prayer, expertly positioned in its historical context and made accessible for modern-day believers, produces absolutely fascinating reading-for the devout and doubtful alike.” – James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A good Pilgrimage “An excellent re-discovery. The Prayer Steering wheel reveals how essential prayer has been around all of history, and how many degrees of understanding it generally offers. That is an excellent example of the countless fruitfulness of healthy religious beliefs.” – Richard Rohr, author of Dropping Upward and founder of the guts to use it and Contemplation “Reading this book for the very first time, I felt just how I felt when someone first explained about labyrinths – I was encountering something that could carry me personally both back into the depths of an ancient practice, and frontward to God.” – Lauren Champion, author of Young lady Meets God but still