Book Review: The Prayer Wheel – A Daily Guide to Renewing Your Faith with a Rediscovered Spiritual Practice
Written by: Patton Dodd, Jana Riess, and David Van Biema
About the Authors: Patton Dodd is both a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and many more. He has also appeared on a wide range of tv and radio shows. Jana Reiss is a writer and editor holding degrees from Wellesley College, Princeton Theological Seminary and Columbia University. She is a senior columnist for Religion News Service. David Van Biema was head religion write for Time from 1999-2009, where he wrote many cover stories, as well
as covers for Life, People and The Washington Post. He is also the author of Mother Teresa: The Life and Works of a Modern Saint.
The Prayer Wheel is a great invitation and guide to meditation and prayer through the riches of the Christian faith. This book is based on a “prayer wheel” invented by medieval monks and it takes different phrases from fundamental teachings and traditional prayers and puts them into concentric circles. The wheel then becomes a summary of Christian teachings, in a format naturally inviting prayer and reflection on the relationships between the Christian faith elements. The book provides reflections for each of the phrases.
I found the book to be warm and inviting, filled with great templates for prayers. The prayers give the reader a new language to speak directly to God, yet also invites personalization within the prayers. I found this to be a good book on understanding how scripture can help you develop a wonderful prayer relationship with God.
I received a complementary copy of The Prayer Wheel from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
Until next time…