Two new titles from the Advocate Press are available for purchase just in time for Christmas: “The Sacred Year: A Contemplative Journey through the Liturgical Year,” by Dr. Lyn Pace, and “Prayer Changes Us,” by Dr. Ted Goshorn.
The Advocate Press is the publishing arm of the Advocate newspaper. It launched in 2017 to produce books of interest to South Carolina United Methodists on matters of faith and to amplify regional voices and those that advocate for the advancement of the kingdom of God.
Both books are available at https://advocatesc.org/books or on Amazon.
The Sacred Year
In this book, Pace—college chaplain at Oxford College of Emory University, an ordained elder in the South Carolina Conference and a Wofford College graduate—offers a liturgical perspective on time.
We often say things like, “I’m out of time,” “just in time” or “I have no time.” In our fast-paced, earthly world, time often manages us, whether through a clock, a calendar or any number of other ways. But what if there were another way, a more spiritual and sacred way, to consider time?
Pace explores how the Christian liturgical calendar can be another way to keep time—sacred time. Combining the major seasons of the liturgical year with contemplative practices that connect to that season, he invites readers to discover a new way to look at time that helps us live with deeper intention and connection. You can buy it here: https://advocatesc.org/store/books/the-sacred-year
Prayer Changes Us
In this book, Goshorn— an ordained United Methodist elder in the South Georgia Annual Conference—explores how many of us are accustomed to hearing how prayer changes God’s mind or life’s circumstances. But, he asks, what about how prayer changes us?
Answering that question forms the nexus of his book. Through the chapters, Goshorn takes readers on a journey of self-discovery, finding the transformative impact of regular prayer practice and teaching how to incorporate prayer into the rhythms of life. Part One addresses how to pray, expanding the scope to include styles of prayer like repetition and praying scripture. Part Two focuses on the impact of prayer on the soul, exploring the ways prayer makes us better disciples and brings us deeper in relationship with God.
The book includes helpful resources on establishing a rhythm of prayer, including descriptions and how-to guides on types of prayer, Methodism founder John Wesley’s self-examination questions, and daily guides for praying the Psalms or all of scripture throughout the year. Learn how you can better understand the heart of God through deep, focused, habitual prayer that changes us. You can buy it here: https://advocatesc.org/store/books/prayer-changes-us
The books are available in paperback and ebook format. Proceeds support the nonprofit newspaper ministry of the Advocate newspaper.