“The spiritual life does not consist of any special thoughts, ideas, or feelings, but is contained in the most simple ordinary experiences of everyday living.” – Henri Nouwen

An invitation to a gentle approach to deepening our contentment, gratitude, and compassion in everyday life

“Spirituality is a deep, sustaining resource for human beings. It helps us to be healthy and well—for ourselves and for others. Spirituality empowers us to be our best selves, to care for the planet, to strive for a more loving and just society. Spirituality connects us with the Source of Life… It is my sincere hope that as we are transformed, our world will also be transformed. We have more than enough hatred, violence, and destruction. We need to find another way forward as a human family, for our own sake and for the sake of our planet.” – from the Introduction, by Rob Fennell

What people are saying about

31 Short Spiritual Practices by Rob Fennell

“In this little jewel of a book, Rob reminds us of our own lives by asking us to pay attention … Every spiritual practice aims at changing us and helping us become better persons, more invested in our own lives.” – from the Foreword, Cláudio Carvalhaes, PhD, Union Theological Seminary, New York

“A lovely, sincere, deep little book that is accessible and easy to use.” – Andrew Richardson, Minister for the Office of Vocation (Atlantic), The United Church of Canada

“I often read things I think are wise, or compassionate, or gentle, but seldom do I read anything that is all three. This is one of those rare books. For anyone seeking to grow their spirituality but finding it a daunting challenge—and maybe that is all of us—this is a beautifully accessible starting point.” – John Bowen, Emeritus Professor of Evangelism, Wycliffe College, Toronto, ON

“A generous offering to answer a longing for this kind of spiritual direction.” – Catherine Faith MacLean, Senior Minister, St. Paul’s United Church, Edmonton, AB

“It’s a beautiful book … very approachable.” – Andrea Buttars, Wesley Director of Resource Development & Social Enterprise, Hamilton, ON

“Giving thanks can be simple but not always easy. This collection is a welcome gift for novices and for seasoned practitioners looking for a fresh way to connect with the divine in their lives.” – Dawn Davis, Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Director of Leadership for Ministry Programs, Huron College at Western University, London, ON

“It is all too easy to breeze through our days unaware of the Holy in our midst. By picking up this book, you will discover a grace-filled invitation to engage in simple, everyday practices of gratitude, wonder and thanksgiving. It might just change your life, and in turn, the whole world around you.” – Ross Lockhart, Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall, Vancouver, BC, and author of Lessons from Laodicea and Beyond Snakes and Shamrocks

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Rob Fennell is an ordained minister of The United Church of Canada who teaches historical and systematic theology at Atlantic School of Theology. His theological and spiritual influences are Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C.S. Lewis, Jürgen Moltmann, and Henri Nouwen. He has edited, co-edited, written, or co-written 9 other books. Along the way he founded and led Camino Nova Scotia: The Way of St. Columba, a pilgrimage experience. Rob enjoys long distance walking, movies, canoeing, hiking, poetry, novels, biographies, playing piano, chopping wood, the smell of peat, and most forms of chocolate. Find more of his writing and free stuff here.