An interview I did for UCB2 Radio

Here’s a link to an interview I did for UCB a couple of weeks ago. It was a long chat – almost an hour – and it covered a vast range of subjects … everything from white canes to grief and disappointment!

The “Prayer in the Making” Bookclub

Lent starts in just over 2 weeks, and if you haven’t already got your Lent Reading sorted, here’s an idea for you. Why not journey with me through my new book,Prayer in the Making. I wrote it last year because I’m passionate about helping people find the different kinds of Prayer that best suit their personality, but the only way to really do that is to try lots of different types of prayer at least once … and what better time to do that than Lent? The book takes you on a tour of 12 different types of prayer, and it gives you creative ways to try out each type, making for a rich and varied Lent experience.

So here’s the plan: you get hold of a copy of the book, and we’ll wander through it together, starting on Wednesday 6th March (Ash Wednesday) and finishing at Easter. Once we get underway, I’ll post every Monday and Thursday, pointing you to a different section of the book to read. Then we can share our thoughts on the type of prayer we’ve been reading about, we can discuss the questions and try out the prayer activities.

As well as pointing you to different sections of the book to read, I’ll also share some extra thoughts and stories along the way … stuff that didn’t make it into the book … and I hope those things will make it an even more worthwhile journey.

One of the things I’ve learnt about writing books is that we as authors need to keep living them … keep rooting our lives in the praxis we’re recommending to everyone else … so I’m going to work my way through Prayer in the Making again, almost a year after I wrote it, and I’d be thrilled to have your company. If you like the idea of joining a little Lent prayer community, this could be just what you’re looking for.

There are a few ways you can participate:

1. Here on my website. I will post everything here and you’ll be able to comment as you read.

2. On Facebook: I’ll post everything to my Facebook page, where people will be able to comment and share if they want to. Just go to Facebook and search for Lyndall Bywater, then like my page, and you’ll get posts from me popping up in your newsfeed. In addition I’ll set up a Facebook event for the Bookclub which you can join, then you’ll get notifications when I post something.

3. Through the podcast: I’ll be recording a little podcast every few days, so I can share a few more of my thoughts as we go along. You can find it and subscribe to it here:

http://www.anchor.fm/lyndall-bywater

Book review by Robert Weston

Author and teacher Robert Weston just sent this lovely review of

Prayer in the Making: Trying it, talking it, sustaining it

It is rare to come across a book that succeeds so successfully in inspiring both those who are new to the faith and those who have been walking with the Lord for many years to find new ways to develop their prayer life. The twelve themes that Lyndall introduces – Encounter, Worship, Listening, Stillness, Action, Intercession, Strategies, Restoration, Voice and body, Scripture, Warfare and Resilience – lead the reader almost without them noticing into the presence of God and make each theme and concept their own.

The stories Lyndall tells of significant moments in her life are both relevant and impactful, as are the delightful retelling of Scripture passages, which pinpoint how the power of prayer was at work in each one. Taken together they provide a platform and a launch pad for the reader to go as deep with the Lord as they want and are able – a process greatly helped by making good use of the threefold invitation at the end of each section: Trying it, Talking it and Sustaining it.

Above all, Lyndall reminds us that prayer is action, which in turn leads to further action. 

‘Faith in the Making’ Feedback

Among the various online mentions of my first book, ‘Faith in the Making’, I came across these two articles on the Pilgrim Traveller blog. I’m passing them on because I found them a very helpful read.

(Thanks for the kind words, David!)

Simply a walk-on part

Don’t cut out the middle-man/woman