New habits for a new year (plus new prayer & discussion guides)

Reading plans and discussion guides are here!

A Happy New Year to you and yours, my dear reading friends! I spent the day playing games with my children, putting away Christmas decorations, and sprucing up my house.

This is the time of year when many people work on healthy habits. For me, healthy spiritual habits are always at the top of my priority list. I started reading The One Year Praying through the Bible for Your Kids devotional by Nancy Guthrie this morning. The prayers and scriptures in it speak to my heart. I plan to use it to pray for my children, my husband, and my extended family.

With a new year in mind, I’ve put together some supplemental materials to help enhance your prayer life and devotional experience as you read through Praying with Jane. You can use these items for yourself or a group. If you are leading a reading group, book club, prayer group, 0r church group, you can use these items to help facilitate discussion and encourage your members to participate more fully.

Daily Reading Plan:
This reading plan takes you through the book each day for 31 days. The benefit: You can start the plan on any Monday and keep track of where you are in the book. Therefore, you don’t have to start on the first of the month.

6-week Reading Plan:
This reading plan takes you through Praying with Jane for 6 weeks, giving you a more relaxed reading schedule. Additionally, you get 2 “rest” days each week for the days when you need to catch up or are busy.

Supplemental Discussion Questions:
This worksheet includes 31 supplemental questions, one for each day of the devotional; plus, there’s one more for the bonus entry at the back of the book called “A Lasting Legacy” (one of my favorite parts of the book). You can use it to lead discussions with friends, book club members, or prayer partners. Depending on how often you meet, you can use any/all of the questions that correspond with the days you’ve read each time you gather.

The Ripple Effect: My Invitation to You

If you enjoyed reading it and have grown in your own prayer or devotional life, then you now have the opportunity to share it with others! This book is a wonderful bridge for anyone interested in prayer, intercession, daily devotions, the Bible, classic literature, female authors, and/or Jane Austen.

My aunt told me that one of my high school friends from back home is reading my book out loud to her women’s philanthropic group. She reads one entry each time they meet. What a great idea! She is making an impact in those women’s lives!

Find a Friend
I encourage you to invite a friend (or several) to join you for discussion and/or prayer because it helps to have support and accountability on a new prayer journey! It’s a great excuse to get together and share what you’re reading and learning. You might even start a small prayer group or suggest it to your book club or reading group for discussion.

Pass it On:
Can you take a moment to forward this email or share a copy of Praying with Jane with your local librarian, book club, reading group, discussion group, Jane Austen group, prayer group, Bible study, or women’s ministry? I’d be honored to speak with you or the leader of your group about putting together an event in person or via Skype.


Special thanks to Jen Smith at Storybookstyle for the beautiful photo!

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