Online Book Club: The Prayer List

The Prayer List by Jane Knuth - online book club

Make plans to deepen your spiritual life this summer from the comfort of your favorite reading spot. Join us here at Catechist’s Journey for an online book club starting June 4. We’ll be reading Jane Knuth’s The Prayer List…and Other True Stories of How Families Pray.

About the Book

When Jane Knuth inherited the family “prayer list” from her aunt, she decided to continue the tradition of praying regularly with the list of needs and thanks for relatives and friends. As Jane learned how to pray in her family and explored the prayer experiences of other families, she discovered a simple truth: the best way to pray with your family is the way that works best for your family.

About the Book Club

Let’s explore stories of family prayer this summer.

Jane will join us with weekly reflections and discussion prompts each Monday from June 4 through August 6. There’s no need to sign up; just drop in here at the blog throughout the summer as your schedule allows. Join the conversation in the comments.

Then on Tuesdays, return to Catechist’s Journey for Book Club Bonus Days. We’ll share additional stories of family prayer, continue the weekly conversation, and throw in a few fun surprises along the way.

How Do I Join?

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We’ll read at a comfortable pace of only a few short chapters each week. If you fall behind due to other summer commitments or vacation, don’t worry! The book club discussion follows the order of the book, but if you miss a week here or there, you can still find inspiration at any time in Jane’s wise words and stories about family prayer—and in the words of your fellow book clubbers.

Spread the word! If you’re a catechetical leader, please forward this post to your catechists and your fellow DREs/CREs/principals in neighboring parishes and schools. If you’re a catechist or school teacher, tell your catechetical leader about this book club and let your fellow catechists know. Share the below graphic on social media too: #prayerlist.

The Prayer List by Jane Knuth - online book club at Catechist's Journey

Reading Schedule

  • Week 1: June 4
    Read the prologue and chapters 1 and 2.
  • Week 2: June 11
    Read chapters 3–5.
  • Week 3: June 18
    Read chapters 6–9.
  • Week 4: June 25
    Read chapters 10–12.
  • Week 5: July 2
    Read chapters 13–15.
  • Week 6: July 9
    Read chapters 16–18.
  • Week 7: July 16
    Read chapters 19–21.
  • Week 8: July 23
    Read chapters 22–24.
  • Week 9: July 30
    Read chapters 25–27.
  • Week 10: August 6
    Read chapters 28, 29, and the epilogue.

I look forward to this leisurely online discussion about family prayer. For now, introduce yourself in the comments below, so we can start getting to know each other. Share your name, where you’re from, and a favorite memory about family prayer.

Use promo code 4919 to receive 20% off The Prayer List. Shipping and handling are additional. Offer expires 8/10/18. Cannot be combined with other special offers. U.S. domestic shipping orders only.

About Joe Paprocki 2226 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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