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Sacred Attention

A Spiritual Practice for Finding God in the Moment

Margaret D. McGee

6 x 9, 144 pp, Hardcover

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Just One Moment of Close Attention Can Be a Prayer to God
“Does God communicate through the natural world? Through the slug on the compost pile, the leaf on the lawn, the stone tumbled on the beach, the air that feeds my lungs, the dreams that fill my nights? How will I know unless I pay attention?”
–from the Introduction
Paying attention is rarely easy to do. It requires focus, patience and a willingness to slow down—traits that are hard to come by in this hurry-up world. But close attention to even one small piece of creation, one object, person, routine, image, word or scripture, can become a prayer to God, opening a channel of communication between you and the Divine to allow for deep spiritual growth.
In this inspiring guide, you will discover ways to develop a practice of attention as a means of talking—and listening—to God. Framed on the Christian liturgical year and paired with images of the seasons of the earth, each chapter includes an insightful and poignant narrative which illustrates the surprising richness to be found in every attention-getting moment. Following each narrative is a prayer, suggested scripture readings and a specific exercise you can use to develop your own practice of attention as a means to better connect with God.
Accessible, humorous and meaningful, these words and practices will lead you further along your path toward discovering a deeper awareness of yourself and your relationship to all that is around you—and within you.
“Beautiful, passionate and very personal … reminds us again of why we need to be aware of the present moment: that’s where God is.”
John Lionberger, author, Renewal in the Wilderness: A Spiritual Guide to Connecting with God in the Natural World
“Genuinely profound … Offers wise counsel to develop in practical ways a deep and intimate relationship with the immediacy of life. An invaluable resource for those interested in realizing the spiritual in daily life.”
Christopher Titmuss, co-founder, Gaia House; author, An Awakened Life: Uncommon Wisdom from Everyday Life
“Leaps alive with insightful stories, honest reflection and practical suggestions of finding the Divine in the daily-ness of our lives.… A must for anyone seeking or struggling to create a spiritual practice.”
Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, author, Secrets of Prayer: A Multifaith Guide to
Creating Personal Prayer in Your Life
“Attention is the great problem of our distractable age. Here’s a solution!”
Bill McKibben, author, The End of Nature
“Magnificent.... [Gives] new insights and challenges [for] the particular cycle of the year.”
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Congregational Libraries Today
“McGee draws upon scripture readings, personal experiences and entries in her nature diary to produce this quirky but perceptive guide to paying attentionÂ…. McGee writes from a Christian perspective but many Buddhists will also feel at home.”
Publishers Weekly
“Be prepared to come alive in sizzling color as the inner life of the Spirit explodes into consciousness.... Teaches us to slow down, look closely, and give ourselves over to prayer.... Warm, witty, and fun to read.”
Spiritual Life
“Uncovers the presence of God in scripture, nature, everyday events, and the glad tidings of creativity. These observations and practices are sturdy companions.”
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, co-directors,; coauthors, Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life and 
Spiritual Rx.: Prescriptions for  Living a Meaningful Life
“Puts St. Paul’s teaching of ‘pray without ceasing’ into the context of our everyday lives. A poetic and practical, eloquent and accessible book.”
Alice Peck, editor, Next to Godliness: Finding the Sacred in Housekeeping
“[Provides] a connection to peace, to faith, and to natural compassion—a ‘homey’ comfort.”
Sylvia Boorstein, author, Pay Attention, For Goodness’ Sake:
The Buddhist Path of Kindness
“A pilgrim’s field guide to the Sacred.… Reminds us that by waiting and watching we will encounter the Sacred in the everyday stuff of life.”
Philip Harnden, author, Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light with Thomas Merton, Bashō, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others
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