I have more than one book shelf, you know. One is tangible—I love its ready accessibility and it’s physical beauty.
But the other—my Kindle Shelf—is so mobile and convenient that I love it, too.
Several of the books on my Kindle are for writers. I’ll chat about three of them which are by the same Christian author, Ed Cyzewski.
All three are quick reads that lead to some serious thinking.
Chronologically the first book is Become a Better Faith Blogger. The title pretty much sums up the purpose of this little book. Cyzewski share ten tips about becoming a better blogger while living out your faith. He offers inspiration, practical ideas and advice borrowing from ten notable people of faith who have successful blogs.
The biggest drawback of this little book is that it was copyrighted in 2012, and blogging has come a changed enormously since 2012.
The second volume is Pray, Write, Grow published in 2015. This book “offers life-giving practices that will help you grow in both prayer and writing and shows you how the two can work together…” Cyzewski’s premise is:
“If you want to improve your prayer life, try writing.
If you want to improve your writing life, try praying.
The two require many of the same practices, disciplines, and virtues.”
That sounds simple. But Cyzewski’s words were provocative to me. I highlighted numerous passages that spoke to me regarding both my prayer practices (especially the practice of being silent before the LORD) and my writing practices.
In The Contemplative Writer Cyzewski weaves the practices of prayer, meditation and writing together. He emphasizes the calling of writing and the persistent, regular practice of writing as communication with one’s self and with God. He offers a “life preserver of sorts to writers of faith who perhaps feel like they are drowning. He defines contemplative prayer as resting in God and offers suggestions for making that happen.
This perspective was thought provoking for me. It made me mindful of using writing as a way to focus on my spiritual condition, improve my spiritual relationship to God, and use my writing as a gift of gratitude back to God.
Each book is a quick read—60 to 90 minutes—but offer plenty of things to think about for a long time.