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Every eye beholds You : a world treasury of prayer
Craughwell, Thomas J., 1956-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harcourt Brace, [1998]

Physical Description:
xvii, 320 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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BL560 .E94 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Representing the sweep of global religious tradition, this is a book to turn to for solace and wisdom, inspiration and comfort. A rich and accessible anthology assembled from the traditions of many cultures and spanning thousands of years, Every Eye Beholds You ranges across the world to offer the riches of the spirit in all its glory. Here are prayers of consolation and celebration, prayers for help and protection, rites of passage, blessings on human endeavors, and hymns. Here are prayers of praise and awe, prayers to holy beings, prayers of the day and the seasons. The essential prayers of all major religions are included in their original languages as well as in English. "The Lord's Prayer," for example, is reproduced in Aramaic, Greek, Latin, and both the Catholic and Protestant English versions. Vedic hymns, St. Clare's canticle of poverty, the Islamic Call to Prayer, Tibetan chants, and many more paths to the divine are represented. Including an introduction by Karen Armstrong, author of the bestselling A History of God, this is a book to savor, a vital collection for all readers interested in the divine and in mankind.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Craughwell studied the prayers of religious traditions from all around the world in search of the selections that form this radiant anthology. He watched for prayers that struck him as "especially beautiful and affecting," and the result is a gathering of poetic texts that both celebrates the glorious variety of beliefs human beings have embraced and reveals the striking similarity in tone and intent found throughout the ages in prayers from widely divergent cultures. Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God (1993), discusses the implications of this universality in her insightful introduction and observes that prayer can actually create faith. Craughwell then begins with "essential prayers," the root prayers of different faiths, confidently mixing together Jewish, Hindu, Islamic, Christian, Sufi, Buddhist, and Native American pleas, thanksgivings, and raptures. The subsequent sections include prayers of yearning for the divine, of contrition and atonement, and of praise and awe. So powerful are these expressions of spirituality, that to spend time with this treasury is to feel uplifted, even blessed. --Donna Seaman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Craughwell, a consultant to Sophia Institute Press and a contributor to Commonweal magazine, presents a collection of prayers from the world's religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, indigenous American and African religions and ancient faiths. Craughwell has organized the prayers into chapters according to their general purpose or occasion, for example, "Prayers of Yearning for the Divine," "Prayers of War and Peace" and "Blessings on the Earth and Its People." Each prayer appears under its name or title (e.g., the Lord's Prayer), followed by a sentence or paragraph of comment on it or its author. Many prayers, especially Jewish, ancient Christian and Islamic, appear both in English and their original language, whether Latin, Arabic, Hebrew or Greek, transliterated into the modern Roman alphabet. Small black-and-white drawings by Christopher Russell accompany many prayers. This collection is a fine resource for anyone genuinely interested in the nature of prayer or seeking insight into the human impulse to worship, though it is a book for browsing rather than for reading straight through. At the close of the volume, the prayers are indexed by religious tradition and first line. Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God, has provided a helpful introduction. BOMC, QPB main selections. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Craughwell (365 Saints) has created an extremely attractive collection of prayers from a broad variety of religious and cultural backgrounds. The result goes far beyond a Top 40 of prayer, so that we have not only the Mourners' Kaddish, the Te Deum, and Francis of Assisi's Canticle but prayers by Rabia and Macrina, Akhenaton's Hymn to Aton, blessings for a boat, and prayers to Lord Rama. It is stimulating and touching to read all of these faithful utterances together. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.