You have a few extra minutes — waiting for the doctor or a bus or a meeting; in line for a coffee or lunch. Scan the phone? Yes, I often do. How about read a prayer mediation? Sounds embarrassing, right? Yeah, I’ll just pull out that little Bible, IN PUBLIC, and let everyone know that yes, I’m thinking about GOD, right now. You imagine people staring and thinking “Jesus freak! I never would have guessed…”
Ok, Ok. Have I got the resource for you:
The Little Books. The beauty of these small paperback booklets (published by the Diocese of Saginaw) is that the cover is completely plain: no title, no picture, nothing. No one knows what you are reading. These six minute reflections are a brilliant way to increase your knowledge and your faith, not to mention improve your life.
A bargain: $3 to $4 for a single booklet or much less in volume. My church buys them and gives it away (lucky me!). Certain seasons are available in a children’s edition as well. (Note that each season is a different color, so this year Advent is called The Little Blue Book. Other seasons use a different color cover and corresponding title “The Little Purple Book” for Lent, etc.) Can you tell I like these books? They were a big help to get my prayer life moving.
Pray, pray, and pray some more. Especially now: it’s Advent, it’s the Year of Faith. What are you waiting for?