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Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  761 ratings  ·  91 reviews
"My first year of motherhood I lost prayer..." I lost early mornings of quiet, mornings in my pajamas with a Bible in my lap, mornings when I spoke my mind’s chaos into God’s ear and let the chaos come back ordered, holy sealed. I lost peace. I lost clarity and certitude. My faith was never perfect before my son was born, but somewhere in that first year, somewhere in my d ...more
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Published April 1st 2014 by Worthy Publishing
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Katherine Pershey
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written and full of wisdom. I particularly loved the gentle yet honest way she addressed her childhood church experiences. I recognized my parts own story in Micha's, but was also left yearning to yearn for God as much as she does. Enough so that the day after I finished reading, I set up a first appointment with a spiritual director.
Margaret
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do I start with reviewing this book? I found so many gems within and I think it would just be easier to quote from the book and leave it at that. Sometimes I find reviewing is so difficult after I finish a book because I have to recall my thoughts and feelings and at the end, I usually am past the initial feelings. I am always searching for a deeper spiritual life and strengthening my faith and hoping for more understanding of the Bible. This is just one sampling of that search.

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Alyssa Yoder
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How did Micha crawl into my mind and my heart and put it down on paper for me? So many of our struggles are similar. I needed this book. I needed the reassurance of another young mom wrestling with some of the same questions I do, and then, though she doesn't have all the answers, expressing a level of wisdom I have yet to reach. But if this book taught me anything, it's that it's okay that I'm not there yet. God meets and loves me on the journey. I came away loving my quiet but hallowed life mo ...more
Katelyn Beaty
Micha Boyett writes vividly and authentically about the challenge of seeking God amid the daily struggles and 'small' travails of home life raising children. Her attraction to Benedictine spirituality, with its ordered approach to daily life, will resonate with many evangelicals who can't muster the right feelings in prayer or Bible study. I especially resonated with her slow shift from a spirituality of striving to a spirituality of receiving God's presence, already there. I found the last thir ...more
Elora Ramirez
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Reading this book slowed me down in the best way. I breathed easier with Boyett's poetic way of phrasing even the smallest of detail. And I found myself in her story—different situations and plot—but so similar in the search for grace in the every day. I loved this book. Definitely recommended.
KRISTIN
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Prayer- Do I do it enough? The right way? Is it quiet or crazy? I can relate to the guilt she feels . Just a mom living in USA with luxuries while others are suffering. But we are engulfed in God’s love and His story. Micha Boyett shares in her search for prayer that there is not a certain way, method, program. Prayer is not an act I perform, words I recite, a behavior I strive to maintain. It is a returning . P226.
Cara
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful. I just wish I'd read it eight years ago in my own season of feeling lost as a new mother. Micha Boyett's language is poetic and vivid, free of cliches. She shares her story with vulnerability and honesty. "Me too" was the cry of my heart as I read about her struggles, her questions, and her conclusions.

Here is a handful of the many gems I found within its pages:

"Only those who acknowledge their own weakness can extend mercy to the weak world around them. Maybe the people
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Dianna
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Micha feels things very keenly; in her words, I felt that recycling jugs in the blue bin was almost a harmonious event. This is a good thing in some ways -- her description of motherhood exhaustion was so spot-on that I remembered my own breastfeeding misery of days gone by. Still, every moment was filled with this type of over-the-top serenity or anxiety; it made me a little anxious myself. This book is more like a journal of one woman's way of finding herself. Hence the title Found, I suppose. ...more
Danielle
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: faith-soul-love
I'm waffling back and forth on how I feel about this book. In one sense it was lovely and very real. On the other hand, because of how important Boyett's role as a mother was to everything she was experiencing emotionally and spiritually, I couldn't really relate. I also felt her use of very normal, day-to-day dialogue throughout the book was kind of awkward and felt clunky in the midst of otherwise smooth writing. The book was very meandering, which I suppose is largely reflective of real life ...more
Laura
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this book in three days (and long nights) while my 9 month old daughter had croup. It is a beautiful book, full of real wisdom about the transition into motherhood for women who feel like it is stripping away everything that made us feel like functioning members of society. I laughed and cried with Micha and felt so grateful that she told us this beautiful, vulnerable story of re-learning how to pray.

Great book.
MacKenzie
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
Thought provoking and beautiful

At once this book was memoir and deep learning. So many things about Micha's story resonated with me and my own searching. This pursuit of motherhood and God at once is hard and confusing and she does a beautiful job of grappling with that realness. It was inspiring to read and I now have an even larger list of books that I want to read on prayer and monks and spiritual disciplines.
Erin Henry
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book for anyone looking for the holy in the mundane
Amy
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deep, thought-provoking and beautiful. Much food for thought. This one has left me thinking and praying....
Rebecca
Authentic, Reflective, Thoughtful

I enjoyed the slowness and contemplation that reading this insisted of me. I could identify myself in her story.
"If I doubt God's goodness I tell myself I'm a disaster, and if I feel God's presence I sigh my relief. But part of what draws me to St. Benedict's Rule is the possibility that there is room for both at the same time: the doubt and the belief, the disappointment and the acceptance."
"I understand why. I understand the urgency of doubt, the longing to st
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Lydia Bergen
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Micha Boyett the poet shines on every page. Her writing is artful and lovely.

Although seeped in narrative, the conflict Micha faces is internal, wrestling with a faith that's morphing into something new under the weight of new motherhood and under the fog of her new San Francisco home. Even as someone who could personally relate to this story, I didn't find it all that interesting. To me, what makes a great memoir is a narrator facing conflict and going through a transformation. In Micha's case,
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Amanda Medlin
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This has been on my TBR list for a while and I purchased it months ago when it was a Kindle deal, but for some reason I just wasn't interested in starting it. I think I have become a little burnt out with spiritual memoirs from my generation. But for some reason I felt drawn to it when I was looking through the unread books on my Kindle trying to decide what to read next and I am so glad I chose it. It was like a breath of fresh air and unlike any other spiritual memoir I've read from my generat ...more
Helen Hanna
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written book. Painfully raw and honest. It grated a bit at times with my (albeit imperfect) reformed theological thinking. But mostly the honesty made it a page-turner for me! I so much appreciated a book that kept bringing me back to God, to Jesus, to spirituality, to prayer. Here is another mother that seems to especially know that we are more than our physical bodies. And she wants to keep knowing that over and over. It has opened a door for me to a new way of thinking about pra ...more
Ann Gemmel
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful read. While I am at a far different stage of life than Micha was when she wrote this book - adapting to the mundane tasks of motherhood - I still deeply resonated with this book. As I face the midlife transition of an empty nest, grown children, watching so many of my peers scurrying hither and yon to find meaning and purpose in accomplishments, Micha's quest to transition from finding her identity in doing vs. being was one that I connected with on a deep level. Her writing ...more
Becca
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BEAUTIFUL!

I love Micha Boyett's tender, vulnerable openness with her thoughts and words. As she fumbles for meaning in the everyday miraculous tumble of life, I find myself in her struggles, I sense the deep-down, holy work of the Spirit--making, remaking, uncovering, unfolding, transforming-- and I sigh a satisfying breath of grace.
Tami Kirkpatrick
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can really relate to her journey! A great read for anyone. Benedictine spirituality is deep and healing for post evangelicals-the theology alone is able to handle the tougher questions contemporary evangelicals don't necessarily have the language for yet. A great companion read for the Christian journey.
Sherry Tobin
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed her observations on the liturgical seasons and contemplative pursuit of God. I definitely desire a more disciplined faith that liturgy can bring, especially through mediation and silent retreats.
Nick Jordan
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely writing and even better reflections on recovering spirituality and self after having a kid (and then another). I look forward to recommending this far and wide.
Jessica Grove
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was difficult to read through all of her angst.
Tanya Marlow
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Micha Boyett’s book, Found, is about a mother discovering the rule of St Benedict and everyday prayer. This is not a ‘how to’ book, but rather a story of exploration and discovery, a story of searching for God in the middle of the ordinary.

Micha describes how she grew up as a high achiever willing to sacrifice everything for the gospel. She thought she was on her way to Africa to become a single missionary (which, as every good evangelical knows, is the ‘highest’ calling). But it didn’t work out
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Jen Bradbury
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a former youth pastor, Micha Boyett has a special place in my heart. I've followed her blog for years and was eager to get my hands on her book, Found – A story of questions, grace, and everyday prayer.
Though I feared Micha's book would be difficult for me – someone who is not yet a parent – to relate to, I need not have worried about this. I found myself in Micha's story again and again. More than a story for tired moms, Micha's story is for tired Christians, for people who struggle to encou
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Stacy Luce
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most thought provoking books I've read in a while. I very much identify with the feeling of "I'm not enough" as a wife/mom/Christian, and benefitted from the reminder that I don't have to be the enough one. I also really liked the introduction to the "church" or Benedictine calendar. I've always been curious but didn't know where to start reading. This book was the perfect jumping off point and has directed me to a couple other authors and books to check out.
Debbie Mcfarlin
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Maybe thankfulness is the only way to live prayer. Wow. What a statement. And this book is full of such "questions". A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to receive “Found” to review. I had read a few blurbs about it as well as some comments from people that I am connected to on Twitter. This. Girl. She has read my mail. It’s a story of questions just like mine. With the type of honesty that I pour into my journals, Micha pours herself into the pages and shares them with me. With you. I get a glimpse ...more
Kristin
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was exactly what the title indicates! It was a narrative full of questions, searching, and growing in faith in the midst of the everyday. I connecting to her writing style (educated but readable), and her "everyday life" struggles mirror mine almost to an irony. From being raised southern baptist in TX to the complete overhaul of her legalism, imprisoned faith, I could have written this story.

However, the one thing I found a bit "interesting" was how into the monks, specifically Bened
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Amanda
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Most of us long for a purpose in life. Long to know that our life has meaning. Has worth. That the everyday and mundane isn't all there is to this life.

In Found, Micha Boyett shares her own journey of discovering meaning in the chaos of being a stay at home mother to her first child. When her family moves across the country, she goes on a spiritual journey to seek to apply St. Benedict's way off life to her own.

I could relate to Micha as she shared some of the struggles of being a new mom, since
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Kim
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
I've been reading Micha Boyett's blog online for a while now, so I was primed for the subject matter of this book. In it she tells of her struggles, of not only maintaining the prayer life she knew before becoming a mother, but also of coming to terms with the value, spiritually speaking, of motherhood itself. As a person who had planned on being a missionary and saving the world, Micha struggles with the daily ordinariness of her life as a mother and and thoughts of failure and insignificance. ...more
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Micha Boyett is a blogger, wife, and mom with a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry degree from Syracuse University. A former youth minister, she's passionate about monasticism and ancient Christian spiritual practices and how they inform the contemporary life of faith. Boyett and her husband live in San Francisco with their two boys.
“Prayer is not an act I perform, words I recite, a behavior I strive to maintain. It is a returning. It is a broken life finding healing, a misplaced soul recognizing home.” 2 likes
“Stability enables me to outlast the dark, cold places of life until the thaw comes and I can see new life in this uninhabitable place again. But for this to happen, I must learn to wait through the winters.”2” 1 likes
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