Buy the Missio Dei Brevary!

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : January 24, 2008


The Missio Dei Breviary is now available for purchase through ($18.95 for paperback, $25.68 for hardcover). It will be available through in another couple months…and may even be sold in brick-and-mortar bookstores too.

All proceeds go to the ministry of Missio Dei. Though we don’t get much profit from each book sale, we are able to buy copies for much cheaper ourselves. If you’d like a copy and can’t afford the purchase price, or if you’d like a group rate, let me know (mark [at]

FYI, the breviary will still be available at

Here are some endorsements for our breviary:

“My friends at Missio Dei stand at the forefront of a great renaissance in Christianity. They are living in community among some of the forgotten people of our culture. And they are reaching back into the treasury of prayer given to us by churchly ancestors. I highly commend their breviary for your use, both personally and corporately. It is contemporary and ancient, simple and poignant; it is beautiful.”

Tony Jones is the author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier and the national coordinator of Emergent Village

“The cultural forces of America blind us from seeing the poor, the hurting, and the lost in our midst. Therefore, we are in need of a spiritual formation that clears some space to see the Mission of God in the world. I humbly thank the Missio Dei community for making available their breviary as a practice we can all engage to these ends. It is an office of daily communal prayer that I highly recommend—it could not come at a more desperate time.”

David Fitch is author of The Great Giveaway, pastor of Life on the Vine Church in suburban Chicago and Lindner Professor of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary

“…This little book with its offer of morning and evening prayers for each day of the month is an invigorating way to begin and end the day. Its emphasis on social justice reminds us of the need to focus beyond ourselves and calls us each day to be God’s instruments of justice and righteousness reaching out to a world in need. We highly recommend its regular use as way to strengthen the faith of those who are concerned about the injustices of our world.”

Tom and Christine Sine are the directors of the Mustard Seed Associates and the authors of numerous books. Most recently, Tom authored the New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time

“The Missio Dei Breviary adds beautifully to a centuries old Church tradition, where prayerful people adapt the spiritual discipline of liturgy of the hours to their particular context. This prayer book is a delightful mash-up of Psalms and other scripture texts, alongside ancient and contemporary prayers. From the heart of this new monastic community, their four-week cycle of morning and evening prayer liturgies is something I am thankful to pray with them.”

Karen Sloan is author of Flirting with Monasticism: Finding God on Ancient Paths

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3 Responses to “Buy the Missio Dei Brevary!”

  1. Casey Ochs on January 28th, 2008 8:19 pm

    Kids like it too.

  2. Erin012 on February 10th, 2008 2:54 pm

    I first got into praying the hours thru Phyllis Tickle’s “Divine Hours” but found that I never really prayed it. I like your book of prayer because it is a bit easier to stick with. It is pretty simple…maybe a bit too simple, truth be told. But I’ve really enjoyed praying with it. Good work!

  3. Mark Van Steenwyk on February 10th, 2008 3:00 pm

    Thanks Erin. I know that the prayers are fairly basic…most of it is Scripture. But I wanted to edit something that people would actually use. I know that there are more impressive and poetic books of prayer out there. But I figure I’m going to be praying with this for a long, long time. So I wanted it simple yet open-ended.

    And I wanted it to work as repeating monthly “lectionary”…a book of prayer that would keep me anchored in the Gospels, and prompt me to pray according to my deepest convictions. I think it could work well as a supplement to other prayer books, or as a supplement to daily reading/devotions.

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