Touching the Reign of God
Bringing Theological Reflection to Daily Life
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"Touching the Reign of God is for anyone who longs to follow in the way of the Master's leading. Mary Sharon Moore's prayerful insights lift the hem of the veil that so often clouds our understanding of God's truths. Her words heal, inspire, and illuminate our role in restoring the divine on earth."
--Raylene Frankhauser Nickel
author of A Prayer for the Prairie
"In a time when many don't believe that God is personal, essayist Mary Sharon Moore shows us just how deeply personal and transformative a relationship with God who is love, mercy, humility, and forgiveness can be.
"Through short reflections from the heart of a woman in whom Jesus has made a home, we are offered graceful entry into Moore's inner life of reflective prayer and her outer life as a Christian in the world. Further, we are allowed to see for ourselves how the Holy Spirit connects the two. Neither is perfect, yet both are real, instructive, and humbly inspiring.
"Like her life, Moore's book is saturated with Scripture. In her everyday encounters with the world and its denizens, the living Word of God challenges her, shapes her attitudes, insinuates himself into her thoughts, and judges her words, her actions, and even her inaction. As a result, we glimpse the possibility of life and prayer becoming one, and realize that not only can we touch the reign of God, but that God's reign reaches under the door of our hearts to touch us.
"Touching the Reign of God reveals the startling practicality and ancient mystery of prayer lived: prayer taken seriously, not in the multiplication of words or measure of time, but through attentiveness to the Trinity with Whom we each long to be united. From the experience of her prayer-life (and life-prayer), Moore can confidently and audaciously proclaim, 'No aspect of human life falls outside of God's blessing.'"
--Michael Fones, OP
Co-director, Catherine of Siena Institute