Praise

“This bold recovery of a long-forgotten path to prayer, expertly situated in its historical context and made accessible for modern-day believers, makes for absolutely fascinating reading–for the devout and doubtful alike.” — James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage

“Reading this book for the first time, I felt the way I felt when someone first told me about labyrinths — I was encountering something that could carry me both back into the depths of an ancient practice, and forward to God.” — Lauren Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Still

“Like Benedict in his own day, we are searching for new ways to connect ancient wisdom with daily life in a rapidly changing world. In this midst of this transition, Dodd, Riess & Van Biema offer a contemporary introduction to an ancient way of prayer. This prayer wheel may be just the tool to unlock the door to the home you always knew you needed.” — Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

“I am always looking for ways to engage in prayer more deeply. This beautifully written, biblically grounded book offers readers a fresh yet ancient way of drawing close to God. Because of its simplicity and depth, I am sure I will enjoy using it for years to come.” — Ann Spangler, author of Praying the Names of God

“It’s rare these days to be truly surprised by something, especially something old. Yet that was my experience of reading and engaging with The Prayer Wheel. For those of us who long to connect to our forebears in faith and who find too much of the modern world annoying and shallow, this book is a beautiful, reflective prayer aid.” — Tony Jones, author of The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life

“A brilliant re-discovery. The Prayer Wheel reveals how important prayer has been in all of history, and how many levels of understanding it always offers. This is an excellent example of the endless fruitfulness of healthy religion.” — Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation

“If Indiana Jones were interested in Medieval Christian spirituality, he’d have loved The Prayer Wheel! Dodd, Riess and Van Biema unlock the mystery of an ancient Christian path to prayer, then help modern readers to use it to take a meaningful spiritual journey.” — Adam Hamilton, pastor and author of Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times, and Creed: What Christians Believe and Why

The Prayer Wheel opens a door into the prayer life of Christians who lived nearly a thousand years ago. Through meditation on brief but rich phrases of Scripture, we deepen and strengthen our faith.” — Frederica Mathewes-Green, author of The Jesus Prayer and Facing East

“How is it possible in our hi-tech age that one of the most interesting new developments I’ve come across is a piece of technology that dates back to the Middle Ages? In The Prayer Wheel, Patton Dodd, Jana Riess, and David Van Biema, introduce readers to this ancient, Christian “hand held device” that was discovered inside a rare medieval manuscript in 2015. Whether you’re a prayer veteran or novice spiritual seeker, The Prayer Wheel offers way to approach our conversations with God that is both ancient and new.” — Bill McGarvey, co-author with Nora Bradbury-Hael of The Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything In Between and former editor-in-chief of the award-winning BustedHalo

“Our medieval Christian ancestors may not have understood growth economics, but they knew the value of praying in circles…with a prayer wheel, with a rosary, with the weekly and yearly cycles of the Divine Office. Here is all we have forgotten of the past, and all we might hope for the future, inscribed in a simple diagram–a cure for the linear, dead end way of thinking that has brought our world to a precipice.” — Clark Strand, author of Waking Up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age and co-author with Perdita Finn of Way of the Rose: The Dark Mother’s Rosary for a Age of Chaos and Collapse, forthcoming from Spiegel & Grau

“This remarkable book isn’t just a guide to a long-lost medieval prayer wheel, but an introduction to a deeper, more fulfilling way of communicating with God.” — Ian Morgan Cron, author of The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery