"My whole life, in one sense, has been an experiment in how to be a portable sanctuary, learning to practice the presence of God in the midst of the stresses and strains of contemporary life," writes Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline and Prayer. The author's appreciation of classic prayers and practices is very evident in this fine collection. He organizes the material into three sections: Prayers for the Journey Inward, Prayers for the Journey Upward, and Prayers for the Journey Outward.

Some of these prayers are classic statements of faith, such as Julian of Norwich's "But all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well." From the past come prayers by Thomas a Kempis, Ignatius of Loyola, Francis of Assisi, and other saints. More contemporary prayers are by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mother Teresa, Evelyn Underhill, Dag Hammarskjold, Howard Thurman, and many others.