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Literary Portals to Prayer

Prayer is sometimes difficult. Perhaps we need spiritual inspiration. Something to reignite our spiritual life. A way to initiate a new and fruitful spiritual direction.

Great literature can do these things: inspire, ignite, and initiate.

Which is why ACTA Publications is publishing a series of “Literary Portals to Prayer.” The idea is simple: take insightful passages from great authors whose work has stood the test of time and illuminate each selection with a well-chosen quotation from the Bible on the same theme.

To do this, we use a relatively new translation by Eugene Peterson called The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition. It is a fresh, compelling, challenging, and faith-filled translation of the Scriptures from ancient languages into contemporary American English that sounds as if it was written yesterday. The Message may be new to you, or you may already know it well, but see if it doesn’t illuminate these writings in delightful ways.

We publish the books in this series in a size that can easily fit in pocket or purse and find a spot on kitchen table, bed stand, work bench, study desk, or exercise machine. These books are meant to be used in a variety of ways. And we feature a variety of authors so you can find the one or ones that can kick-start your prayer life.

To date this series includes Louisa May Alcott, Hans Christian Andersen, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Herman Melville, William Shakespeare, Edith Wharton, and Walt Whitman. Consider them, if you will, literary lectio divina.