Return to Our Senses: Reimagining How We Pray

Return to Our SensesPrayer is not about finding the right words to say to God, it is about waking up to God’s love which shines through every act, every object and every conversation. Anything that connects us to the love of God, or expresses our love for God is an act of prayer. Sights, sounds, tastes, smells, textures can all be acts of prayer that draw us into deeper intimacy with God.


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The intent of Return to Our Senses: Reimagining How We Pray is to deepen our intimacy with our loving, caring Creator by exploring aids to prayer like these. Some have existed for centuries and only require us to tap into the rich knowledge and practices of ancient followers of Jesus to access them. Others are newly created springing fresh from our imaginations and creativity, specially designed for intimacy with God in our present culture. Our God is a God of endless creativity and imagination which has been passed on to us. Each moment is, I believe, pregnant with new possibilities, new concrete expressions of prayer waiting to be born.

Return to Our Senses: Reimagining How We Pray is divided into three sections

  • The first section Waking Up to the Love of God explores the loving presence of God unveiled in the creation story. Breathing, blessing, creating sacred spaces, and practicing the presence of God are the essential elements we will explore.
  • The second section Contemplating Love explores how we live into the loving presence of God 24/7 through listening, looking, moving, touching, writing and the gathering of memories.
  • The third section Love Overflowing – Prayer without Ceasing is about sharing God’s love with others through gratitude, hospitality, generosity, seeking after justice, and compassion.


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What others are saying

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘To be a christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing’, yet so many Christians struggle with the foundational practice.  With depth, insight and beauty, Christine Sine’s ‘Return To Our Senses’ invites us to rediscover prayer – to breath again and enter into the intimacy of the Father’s embrace. This book is really timely.  It opens up such a rich diversity in how we engage the discipline of prayer. 

Jamie Arpin-Ricci, author of “The Cost of Community: Jesus, St. Francis & Life in the Kingdom”


Christine Sine longs for twenty-first century Christians to sharpen our awareness of God’s love in everyday situations. In Return to Our Senses, she takes on the role of Brother Lawrence for our time. Focusing on ordinary moments of daily life, she helps us learn to practice God’s presence as we breathe, eat, drink, look, use our hands, go online, collect memories, and inhabit physical space. Her practical, imaginative suggestions are accompanied by many beautiful and vivid prayers.

Lynne M. Baab, author of Sabbath Keeping, Fasting, and Joy Together: Spiritual Practices for Your Congregation


In Return to Our Senses Christine Sine resists formulaic approaches that merely reduce prayers to words, and establishes a deep spirituality as the basis for cultivating a robust vocation of prayer. Having lived this message for decades, Christine puts to words what her life has embodied. The credibility of her sacrifices, commitment to community, and beautifully lived calling are illuminated through these pages. With simplicity and clarity Christine demystifies those intimidating barriers that keep many of us from exploring the historical Christian prayer practices by re-introducing her reader to a contemplative tradition with contemporary application. There’s no doubt your soul will be refreshed and your prayer life be invigorated by Return to Our Senses.

Christopher L. Heuertz author of Unexpected Gifts: Discovering the Way of Community and Senior Strategist for Word Made Flesh


“What makes you feel closer to God?” When Christine Sine asked this question, the answers she received surprised her. It wasn’t pipe organs and pulpits that most often opened people to God’s presence, but simple things in daily life. In Return to Our Senses, Christine shows you how simple experiences – breathing, drinking a glass of water, walking amongst trees, shooting a photo, picking up a stone – can become “thin places” and pregnant moments in your daily life – helping you awaken to God’s presence, savor God’s nearness, and translate your experience of God into prayerful, compassionate action. This book really touched my heart, and I know it will do the same for you.

Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker


Christine Sine’s book is a gift to her readers. An invocation to rebirth and recreation, it calls us to the complete reorientation of our lives around the love of God and the Kingdom to which God is giving birth. It’s beautifully written, drawing on all sorts of sources and full of both inspiring and practical wisdom. Return to Our Senses is a handbook on the development of a habit of prayer and spiritual practices that directs us and others to God’s just and peaceable future.

Michael Frost, author of The Shaping of Things to Come and Vice Principal at Morling College, Sydney, AU


Return to Our Senses: Reimagining How We Pray is more than a book, it’s a magnet that draws us toward God. Filled with gorgeous prayers, practical exercises, and powerful spiritual reflections, this material invites us to engage with God creatively and passionately. As a pastor and spiritual director, I found myself not only thinking of the many ways I could use this material in our faith community but how I can personally come back to these prayers again and again to deepen connection with God in the midst of my real life. Christine Sine once again masterfully helps us combine the sacred and the ordinary through prayer and challenges us to experience God in new, life-giving ways.

Kathy Escobar, Co-Pastor of The Refuge Church, and author of Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus


If you long for a vibrant prayer life and greater intimacy with Jesus, then you’ve come to right place in Christine’s new book.  More than an apologetic for prayer, this is a practical guide showing the reader how to prayer in all ways and seasons.  Since Christine is herself a practitioner of the principles she advocates, the reader will be rewarded, not with theories on prayer, but with first hand accounts of how various practices affect one’s love relationship with Christ, all peoples, and the physical world.  

Richard Dahlstrom, Author of The Colors of Hope: Becoming people of Justice, Mercy, and Love, and Senior Pastor of Bethany Community Church, Seattle, WA.


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