How a former atheist learned to make space for God in prayer
When I converted to Catholicism from atheism, I had to learn how to pray and to make space for God. And I was a total beginner! Someone who converts to Catholicism from a different faith already has some sort of relationship with God and a habit of making time for Him, but I had nothing.
I wound up reaching for secular sources of beauty and wonder, to help me understand worship by analogy. In other words, I wound up better understanding Confession by thinking about Japanese pottery repair, and stealing prayers from Shakespeare’s character’s complaints.
And then, never write the boring parts! Rejigger the plot if you have to, but never sit down to write something you don’t feel excited about. I followed that rule and it made it a lot more fun to write (and, hopefully, to read).
4) If there is one person you want to reach with this book, who would that be?
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