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BookTALK: PTS Faculty Series

This guide contains resources that complement the Faculty Series sponsored by the Center for Writing and Learning Support and Barbour Library.

Library & Online Resources

Dr. Roger Owens

The Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens is Professor of Christian Spirituality and Ministry. He received his Ph.D. in theology from Duke University where he was awarded a Lilly Fellowship for the Formation of a Learned Clergy. Before that he completed his M.Div. at Duke Divinity School. Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living book coverAs an undergraduate he studied philosophy and Bible/religion at Anderson University in Indiana. Owens is an ordained elder in the North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. In North Carolina he served both urban and rural churches for eight years as co-pastor with his wife, the Rev. Ginger Thomas, before coming to Pittsburgh Seminary in 2013.

The author of several books, Owens recently published Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living (Upper Room Books, 2022). Read an excerpt from the book here.





Library Resources by Subject

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Eastman, Dick. The Hour that Changes the World: A Practical Plan for Personal Prayer. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2002.

Owens, L. Roger. Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living. Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2022. 

Books in Barbour Library

Print books below may be checked out by PTS students, faculty, and staff, as well as local area patrons who have library accounts (requires an annual fee). Ebooks are indicated by asterisks, and are available to current PTS students, faculty, and staff only. 

For a complete list of titles, see the Display Bibliography, below.

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The articles below without links are not available in the Barbour Library journal collection - please check your local library for interlibrary loan services in order to obtain copies of these.

Articles in Barbour Library

Articles that are available online have links, and are only available to current PTS students, faculty, and staff. Articles without links are in the print journal collection.

Dubie, Emily. 2021. “Caregiving, Self‐Care, and Contemplation: Resources from Thomas Aquinas.” New Blackfriars 102 (1099): 384–400. 

Keller, David. 2007. “Reading Living Water: The Integral Place of Contemplative Prayer in Christian Transformation.” Sewanee Theological Review 50 (3): 409–26.

McParland, Philip. 2017. “A Contemplative Path for All.” The Way 56 (2): 41–47.

Muto, Susan. 2013. “Living Contemplatively and Serving God in the World: Two Sides of the Coin of Christian Ministry.” Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care 6 (1): 82–92.

Olson-Smith, Clark. 2011. “Becoming Contemplative Worshippers: Attending to Our Communal Heart.” Currents in Theology and Mission 38 (4): 272–83.

Wilhoit, Jim. 2014. “Contemplative and Centering Prayer.” Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care 7 (1): 107–17.