Friday, June 8, 2012

Big News!



Just about a year ago I wrote about a tour of a tall ship on Lake Erie;  how all those ropes the sailors handled was a metaphor for  the many little things one had to learn before becoming really comfortable with the Divine Office.
It seemed there ought to be a book that would teach people the ropes of the Office. Not just the how-tos of finding one's place in the breviary. There are already books and websites for that. But a one-stop guide that would tell people exactly what the Divine Office is, why they should pray it, how to get started, and how to understand the psalms once they've learned what to do with the ribbons.
With that began  a journey that involved getting up my  nerve, making a pitch, writing a proposal, and then waiting. And waiting. And then  nagging a bit.
Now, eleven months later, I still don't have a book.

But I've got a contract!
 The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours is on its way to a Spring 2013 publication date with Servant Books.

I'm excited, not just for myself, but because this is a sign that the Liturgy of the Hours   is trending upward among the laity. You know how there's dozens of books about saints, dozens more about Marian devotions. This isn't because the publishers have an obsession with saints and with Mary. It's because those topics are proven bestsellers.   A huge part of the proposal review process is determining whether there is a market for the proposed book. The marketing team at Servant had to do some homework to  find out whether enough Catholics would want to learn about the Liturgy of the Hours. Apparently the facts they found indicated that the interest is there.

That, rather than me writing a book, is the Big News here.










10 comments:

  1. Patricia WilliamsJune 8, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Congratulations! What a huge step forward! Thank you for you dedication to our faith and working so hard on something to help others like me grow in our prayer life. May God Bless You!
    Patricia

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  2. YAY!! Congratulations! This is wonderful news! And I can tell you right now that a whole bunch of Secular-Franciscans-in-formation will eagerly await your book as they begin to navigate the Liturgy of the Hours.

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  3. Wonderful news indeed! Congratulations, Daria. I'll be praying for you and your book.

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  4. Hearty congratulations! I would love a review copy, if you can ask Servant to put me on the list. I give a lot of talks on liturgy, and am always looking for new resources to recommend.
    Sr Anne

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    1. Thank you, Sister. Review copies are a long way off, but I'll set your name aside BTW,if there are any developments in the process of getting a new Pauline breviary,and it's information that could go in my resources chapter, I would love to know. I am a huge fan of the Pauline one-volume, and was sorry to see it go out of print. My feeling it that everyone is awaiting lots of new translations for the additional OOR cycle, plus the Revised Grail psalms are still under discussion for inclusion. So perhaps we are still 3 or 4 years away. But if there's any news worth putting in my book, I'd like to do so.

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  5. Exciting news!!! Congrats, Daria, and I am looking forward to this so much.

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  6. This is wonderful news, Daria! The Liturgy of the Hours has changed my life, and it is wonderful that it will be spread more far and near. May our dear Lord richly bless your new endeavor. Michele F.

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  7. I've been using the divine office app for only a year so I'm very interested in knowing more about it. I think I'd prefer to have a hard copy if I knew how to navigate it. I'll be eagerly awaiting the release of The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours.

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    1. ACtually, Betsy, there are plenty of how-to resources already out there. For starters, try my "Getting Started" tab up on top, then scroll down to "Divine Office Boot Camp". For more detail, try:
      http://prayer.rosaryshop.com/This is the best tutorial out there. My book will have some of this kind of "how to" info, but it won't try to re-invent the wheel. Instead it will tell you all the reasons Why to pray the hours, what all the different elements of the hours are for, and how to enter into the spirit of praying the psalms. Anyhow, you don't want to wait a year before using your breviary. Check out these tutorials, and ask me any remaining questions here if you have them.Oh! There's also a yearly booklet you can buy to go with your breviary which tells you which pages to use every single day of the year. Its called the St. Joseph guide to the LIturgy of the Hours.

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    2. Thank you Daria, I will read through those resources and see if I can figure it out.

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