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Where the World Meets to Pray

Where the World Meets to Pray

People and Stories of The Upper Room  

by Mary Lou Redding
Spiritual Practice

Conscious of the need for a closer walk with God, of a deeper spiritual need . . . I covenant with God to seek an enrichment of my own spiritual life by observing a period of devotions each day.

—The Upper Room Covenant (1935)

This is the story of a little magazine and how it grew.

From its first issue in spring 1935 to now, The Upper Room daily devotional guide is prayer raised to a lifestyle. The vision has always been to reestablish the practice of daily prayer and Bible reading. But the magazine is also about people: its founders, its staff, and most of all, the readers who are also its writers.

Where the World Meets to Pray introduces and honors the people who've been a part of what God is doing through the international magazine and the worldwide ministries it's spawned.

From the memories of staff and longtime editorial director, Mary Lou Redding, read about:

  • how the daily devotional magazine was born out of the prayers of a women's Sunday school class in Texas
  • the stories of colorful characters in our history
  • how a magazine began with a circulation of 100,000 to become an international publication printed in 40 languages and 77 editions
  • how The Upper Room continues to develop life-changing ministries today
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-8358-9991-8
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Upper Room Books
Publication Date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 10.5000 x 12.0000

Mary Lou Redding is interested in many disciplines-art, literature, music, science, philosophy, religion, politics. She is a writer, thinker, feminist, loving mother and grandmother, as well as an outspoken and direct person. One of seven children, Mary Lou is the mother of an adult daughter and grandmother of two nearly perfect granddaughters. Before becoming an editor and writer, she taught basic and advanced prose writing and business communication on the college level. Teaching about writing and the Bible is one of her great loves. Mary Lou has a master of arts degree in rhetoric and writing and worked professionally as a writer and editor for many years, retiring as editorial director of The Upper Room daily devotional guide in 2012.

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