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Poetry Combo Deal


Get both Mary Earle and Christine Valters Paintner’s poetry books here.

Did You Sing Your Song? by Mary Earle

A lifetime of poetry about the land, memories of West Texas, family, and sacredness of life.

When she was a little girl, Mary Earle’s maternal grandmother taught her to listen to the garden in her yard, the creek on the Texas hill country land, the wind in the trees and the stars. Her mother, Mary Colbert, started reading to her as soon as she could sit up, and her mother loved to read poetry out loud. The poems in this book are an offering that comes from years of listening to what the Irish call “the music of what happens.” Mary says, “My hope is that the poems will invite the reader to listen along with me to that music.”


Wisdom of Wild Grace by Christine Valters Paintner

At the core of this collection are 30 poems inspired by the stories of kinship between saints and animals. They come mostly from the early Christian desert and Celtic traditions, but also feature later medieval saints like St. Francis of Assisi and St. Julian of Norwich. These stories point to a reverence for a different way of knowing and being in the world, one our world is hungry for. Each poem in this collection is meant to be a doorway to intimacy with our inner wilderness, a call to sit and be present to what we discover beyond the borders of our neatly controlled worlds.


Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE is the online Abbess of Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery and global, ecumenical community integrating contemplative practice and creative expression. She is a Benedictine oblate living on the west coast of Ireland with her husband John. Together they lead pilgrimages and retreats in Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and Austria. Christine is the author of twelve books on spirituality, monastic wisdom, creativity, and the arts including The Artist’s Rule and The Soul’s Slow Ripening.  Her poems have been published in journals in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and the UK.

Prayer Beads and An Altar In Your Heart book COMBO


Greek and Russian/Eastern Orthodox and other Christian groups use prayer counters, usually a knotted rope but sometimes strings of beads. Prayer ropes can consist of 33, 50, 100 or even 300 knots or beads.

These prayer beads are a circle of 33 prayer beads, to commemorate the number of years Jesus was on the earth; they are not divided into decades. On each bead, the Jesus Prayer can be prayed: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

A simple and powerful form of meditating, a daily practice can bring deep peace and faith.

The beads are natural, authentic tigers eye, sturdily strung and a brown tassel. Listing includes a handwoven from Mexico zipper bag (colors will vary).

Paired with the book by Rev. Robert Hibbs, An Altar in Your Heart: Meditations on the Jesus Prayer, this set makes a great gift for yourself or others. Using straightforward and direct language, Rev. Hibbs explains how and what a daily Jesus Prayer practice is like, and the deep and abiding peace and faith it can bring. A beautifully done hardcover book, it includes a CD of excerpts of Rev. Hibbs’ Jesus Prayer retreat.

Prayer Cards by John Philip Newell


Perfect for congregations, this prayer card is double-sided with John Philip Newell’s prayers “The Blessings of Jesus”, and “The Song of Mary”.

Price is for a pack of 25 cards.

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Praying With the Earth


Morning and evening prayers for the peace of the whole world. Following the pattern of his popular Celtic Benediction, Philip Newell provides lyrical and theologically profound prayers for morning and evening each day of the week. These devotions celebrate the spiritual legacy shared by Jews, Christians, and Muslims and articulate the longings for peace that are closer to the heart of these spiritual traditions than their divisions. Ideal for personal devotions, this book also provides a versatile liturgical resource appropriate for Christian or interfaith use. Each devotion features:

  • A Beatitude
  • A Prayer of Awareness
  • Meditative Readings from the Psalms, the Gospel of Matthew, and the Qu’ran
  • A Prayer for the Life of the World
  • A Prayer of Blessing
  • Rich full-color illustrations drawn from Jewish, Christian, and Islamic art.


PRE-ORDER | Earth and Soul


* This listing is to pre-order John Philip Newell’s upcoming book. Release date is July 2021


A leading spiritual teacher reveals how Celtic spirituality—listening to the sacred around us and inside of us—can help us heal the earth, overcome our conflicts, and reconnect with ourselves.

John Philip Newell shares the long, hidden tradition of Celtic Christianity, explaining how this earth-based spirituality can help us rediscover the natural rhythms of life and deepen our spiritual connection with God, with each other, and with the earth. Newell introduces some of Celtic Christianity’s leading practitioners, both saints and pioneers of faith, whose timeless wisdom is more necessary than ever, including:

Pelagius, who shows us how to look beyond sin to affirm our sacredness as part of all God’s creation, and courageously stand up for our principles in the face of oppression.

Brigid of Kildare, who illuminates the interrelationship of all things and reminds us of the power of the sacred feminine to overcome those seeking to control us.

John Muir, who encourages us to see the holiness and beauty of wilderness and what we must do to protect these gifts.

Teilhard de Chardin, who inspires us to see how science, faith, and our future tell one universal story that begins with sacredness.

By embracing the wisdom of Celtic Christianity, we can learn how to listen to the sacred and see the divine in all of creation and within each of us. Human beings are inherently spiritual creatures who intuitively see the sacred in nature and within one another, but our cultures—and at times even our faiths—have made us forget what each of us already know deep in our souls but have learned to suppress. Earth and Soul offers a new spiritual foundation for our lives, once centered on encouragement, guidance, and hope for creating a better world.

Release Date: July 6, 2021

PREORDER – Listening Devices

This collection of poetry explores the nature of language, love and loss, our history, and the simple joy of being alive. It is organized into four sections, or quartets, each of which is based upon a piece of music that sets the mood for the poems in that section. Texas poet laureate Carol Coffee Reposa says of Listening Devices: “a near Renaissance breadth of vision…Dennis is a poetic wizard.”
 James R. Dennis is a poet, a novelist, and a Dominican friar. He also writes and teaches on spiritual matters. He lives in San Antonio with two ill-behaved dogs.

Raymundo Gonzalez: Magical Realism in Mexico


Cuernavaca, the “City of Eternal Springtime” serves as Raymundo Gonzalez’s blank canvas from which he paints and draws what he sees: a mix of Spanish and Indian cultures, fiestas, traditions, myths, and colors. His art captures these cultural images beautifully, giving the viewer a taste of both reality and fantasy. Gonzalez depicts the real side of Mexican culture with energy and life, yet manages to keep from stifling the viewer’s own imagination. This book is certainly a bright and rich addition to anyone’s home and will carry the hearts and minds of viewers into a playful and yet meaningful journey through a magical Mexico.

Raymundo Gonzalez was born in Guadalajara, Mexico on February 4, 1951. As a child he was exposed to the rich supply of architectural, cultural, and artistic displays that were part of his hometown. Borrowing from the influences of Guadalajara, it’s no surprise that Gonzalez pursued a life and career in the arts. Soon after receiving a degree in Art at the Academy of Art in Veracruz, Gonzalez graduated from the Autonomous University of Morelos’ School of Architecture. He began practicing architecture but continued painting and drawing all the while and ultimately made the transition from architect to full-time artist. Gonzalez currently lives and works in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He has participated in a number of exhibits in Mexico, Ireland, Holland and the United States. He has a permanent collection in Puerto Vallarta. For more information:

GONZALEZ — November 2014
Art / hardback / 160 pages / 12.25×9.25×0.75 inches
ISBN 978-0-98108007-2 / $55.00




Gordon Atkinson was the pastor of a small church in San Antonio, Texas. But he is more widely known to a large online readership simply as “The Preacher,” having posted many honest, witty, probing reflections on the blog called Within months of the blog’s start in late 2002, thousands of people were coming to read Atkinson’s latest postings.

This book gathers the finest of Atkinson’s electronic essays (reworked for print publication), together with nine new writings never posted online. As veteran blog readers already know, Atkinson’s mind skews here and there, commenting on the stars, children, and tamales as often as he considers the foibles of life and faith. Readers will meet Earl the gravedigger; the little blue shoes girl; Elliot, whose birth was called Advent; and George, a deacon whose legacy lives in a rock embedded in a church wall. These are all real people, and the make up just part of the fascinating world of

Anyone wondering about the spiritual side of Atkinson’s writing can expect challenges. One of his aims is “to find God in the seams and transitions of life, especially at the places where sacred meets secular.” He’s not afraid to explore the full spectrum of life, including the disturbing. No matter the subject, however, the common thread running through these essays is the search for God in it all.

Artwork created by Steve Erspamer used by permission of Liturgical Training Publication.

“All in all, the most fascinating aspect of is its striking honesty. [Gordon]…shows us how God works faith in each and every one of us, no matter how broken, lost or thoroughly screwed up we are. This is Good News indeed.” —Cindy Appel





Retreads tells the middle of the story begun in Thundering Sneakers and concluded in Sneaking Out. In this collection of essays, Prudence Mackintosh follows her sons through the “tween” years between little boyhood and adolescence. Vividly portraying the chaos that descends on a house full of active children, she also records the many first times and last times that give poignancy to the middle years of motherhood.

A contributing editor of Texas Monthly magazine, Prudence Mackintosh is a popular author and public speaker, whose commentary on family life, schooling, Texas women, and Dallas architecture has also appeared in such magazines and newspapers as McCall’s, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, D Magazine, Parenting, and the Dallas Morning News. She lives in Dallas with her husband, John A. Mackintosh, Jr., with whom she looks forward to completing the conversations interrupted by their sons thirty years ago.

Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in Our Busy Lives


In today’s world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between work and rest. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance. We long for time with friends and family, we long for a moment to ourselves.

Millennia ago, the tradition of Sabbath created an oasis of sacred time within a life of unceasing labor. Now, in a book that can heal our harried lives, Wayne Muller, author of the spiritual classic How, Then, Shall We Live?, shows us how to create a special time of rest, delight, and renewal–a refuge for our souls.

We need not even schedule an entire day each week. Sabbath time can be a Sabbath afternoon, a Sabbath hour, a Sabbath walk. With wonderful stories, poems, and suggestions for practice, Muller teaches us how we can use this time of sacred rest to refresh our bodies and minds, restore our creativity, and regain our birthright of inner happiness.

Praise for Sabbath

“Muller’s insights are applicable within a broad spectrum of faiths and will appeal to a wide range of readers.”Publishers Weekly

“One of the best spiritual books of the year.”Spirituality and Health

“Wayne Muller’s call to remember the Sabbath is not only rich, wise and poetic, it may well be the only salvation for body and soul in a world gone crazy with busyness and stress.”—Joan Borysenko, author ofMinding the Body, Mending the Mind and A Woman’s Book of Life

“This is a book that may save your life. Sabbath offers a surprising direction for healing to anyone who has ever glimpsed emptiness at the heart of a busy and productive life.”—Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom



“Scriptures” is a unique release of music inspired by Christian, Jewish and Islamic texts put to an ear-catching world-music beat. Rich melodies are layered with Middle Eastern oud, percussion and chantcelebrate the shared wisdom found in sacred scriptures. $12.99

Seeing for Ourselves


Katerina Whitley’s first book of biblical monologues, Speaking for Ourselves, has been received with enthusiastic praise. Now, in Seeing for Ourselves, Whitley gives powerful voice to the New Testament women who met Jesus both before and after the resurrection.


Included in this collection are: the woman at the well; the adulterous woman who was nearly stoned to death; Cleopas’s wife, whom Jesus may have met on the road to Emmaus; the woman who touched Jesus’ cloak in order to be healed; Mary and Martha; Phoebe; Prisca; Pilate’s wife; the bride at the wedding of Cana, and others.


Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Katerina Katsarka came to the U. S. at 16 years of age to enter college. Her education focused on music and English literature and later on theology. She married Rudy Whitley and together they were confirmed in the Episcopal Church. In the four decades of her involvement with the church, Katerina has worked as diocesan and national church journalist as writer, photographer, and editor. She is the author of five books of biblical monologues and one Greek cookbook. She has taught children and adults of all ages and continues her ministry in leading retreats and in speaking to churches. She has two daughters and four grandchildren. She lives in Louisville, KY.

Selah Meditations 2


Selah Audio Meditations are designed to offer listeners an audio retreat to pray and be still before God. These twenty minute contemplative worship productions can be played on an iPod, CD or mp3 player offering the opportunity to stop, rest and pray in a space of your choosing. $8.00

Sneaking Out


From the endless battles of sibling rivalry to the endless worries about getting indifferent students into and then graduated from college, raising boys is the adventure of a lifetime for any mother. Prudence Mackintosh has not only survived the adventure but has also written about it with her signature wit and style. Her essays about life with sons Jack, Drew, and William have entertained the readers of Texas Monthly and other prominent magazines for nearly three decades, offering solace to similarly beleaguered parents and a knowing chuckle to everyone who enjoys watching the real-life sitcom of a fundamentally happy, intact family. Sneaking Out completes the story that Mackintosh began in her earlier books Thundering Sneakers and Retreads. In this collection of new and previously published essays, she recounts life with her adolescent sons as they race headlong to first jobs, first driver’s licenses, first girlfriends, and first flights away from the family nest. She also follows them into the college years, when both parents and sons have to find a new balance in holding on and letting go. Along the way, she offers wise and witty reflections on being a woman at midlife, supporting her sons through the beginning of their adult lives and her parents through the end of theirs.

A contributing editor of Texas Monthly magazine, Prudence Mackintosh is a popular author and public speaker, whose commentary on family life, schooling, Texas women, and Dallas architecture has also appeared in such magazines and newspapers as McCall’s, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, D Magazine, Parenting, and the Dallas Morning News. She lives in Dallas with her husband, John A. Mackintosh, Jr., with whom she looks forward to completing the conversations interrupted by their sons thirty years ago.

Sonidos de lo Eterno


John Philip Newell
Un Salterio Celta

These translated morning and evening prayers are from the Celtic Christian tradition and from ancient Jewish spirituality.  They invite us to rediscover the mystery of God’s image within. This edition includes an additional three prayers that give voice to common yearnings of the human soul.

Translated by Carlos Exposito Irarragorri and Marie Cristina Borges Alvarez, Cuban priests who were introduced to Newell’s writing at Shalem Institute.

NEWELL  — July 2010
Spirituality / paperback / 104 pages / 7.9 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches/
ISBN 978-0-9819800-2-7 / $14.95