Doers of the Word: Putting Your Faith into Practice by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
contains delightful short essays, thoughts, quotes, and other tidbits that inspire, teach, and reassure.
I am a busy woman, and it's too easy to feel like life is being taken over by the mundane and that I have no time for God among all of the boring, challenging, time-consuming, or exhausting tasks that fill my time. After the first day I found myself rereading the very first piece in the book again and again. I've read it every day and am seriously considering having it written up and posted in my house. It's a reassuring and inspring reminder that everyday is something new and fresh. It gives me peace to know that even if I didn't find time yesterday God has given me a fresh start on a new day and I can find the time today.
My time with God isn't typically the peaceful prayer that people seem to think is required. While I know God is with me all the time, I also know that there are very few moments when I'm really listening or giving my completely thoughts to God. Often the time I find to do that is when I'm in the hall way between classes or sitting in the car if I managed to get to school earlier than I planned. The time I have is usually very short, 5 or 10 minutes at most. It can be hard to focus your thoughts in such a short window. This book has helped me do just that.
I can read one essay in just a couple of minutes because they are short and to the point. That couple of minutes brings my mind into focus and I can give that time to God. I don't usually ask for anything during those minutes. I might say a quick prayer, but I believe God knows the questions that are in my heart even if I'm not sure what they are. I spend that time listening and reflecting more than anything.
This book has been a wonderful blessing in my life.