cover image Found: A Story of Questions, Grace and Everyday Prayer

Found: A Story of Questions, Grace and Everyday Prayer

Micha Boyett. Worthy, $14.99 trade paper (256p) ISBN 978-1-61795-216-6

Eat, Pray, Love meets The Cloister Walk in this debut spiritual memoir. California-based mom-blogger Boyett explains that she "lost prayer" when her first child was born. The quiet mornings she had once devoted to listening and to Bible study were gone, replaced by "distraction and exhaustion." So Boyett leaves her 18-month-son in the care of her husband, and heads to a Benedictine monastery. She quickly realizes that "a monk's life is more like a stay-at-home mom's than any other lifestyle I've seen" and proceeds to study the Benedictine Rule, finding wisdom and spiritual nourishment in the Benedictine teaching of stability. Throughout, Boyett blends the Southern Baptist piety of her youth with spiritual direction and the rhythms of the liturgical year (she gives up dark chocolate for Lent), so this volume will appeal to evangelicals, Episcopalians, and everything in between. The prose is lyrical (the author holds an MFA in poetry from Syracuse), though occasionally Boyett's habit of ending the chapters with punch-lines that are presumably meant to be spiritually profound (but are in fact sometimes strained) grows old. A foreword by Ann Voskamp will attract attention to a new writer. Agent: Rachelle Gardner, Books & Such Literary Management. (Apr.)