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In the great literary tradition of poets such as Rainer Maria Rilke, W. H. Auden and Thomas Merton, critically acclaimed author Katherine Mosby offers an elegant collection of verse modeled on the medieval Book of Hours, a cycle of prayers designed for private meditation.

Arranged to parallel the eight “hours” of the liturgical day — matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline — Mosby’s poetry fuses joy, fear, love, anger, and desire in a rich celebration of the heart’s search for meaning in everyday life. Liberating prayer from the constraints of traditional contexts and using poetry to “invest the prosaic with the profound,” her work illuminates the longing for transcendence at the core of the spiritual path. The Book of Uncommon Prayer invites both the literary reader and the seeker of a more spiritual life to begin a personal quest for grace.