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Give us this day : the story of prayer
Goodwin, Rufus.
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Hudson, N.Y. : Lindisfarne Books, [1999]

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xx, 233 pages ; 24 cm
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BL560 .G66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Gandhi called prayer "the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening." But what is a prayer? Do you need to believe in God in order to pray? Why are the words important? What is the difference between prayer and meditation? Should you ask for things when you pray? Do prayers change the world around us?

Rufus Goodwin--writer, linguist, and former United Press correspondent to the Vatican--addresses these and other questions about prayer in this thoughtful book. He examines the various traditions of prayer through the ages. He discusses practices, ranging from the ancient Indian yoga of sound to the Christian monastic rules of prayer, giving examples of the various religious litanies that ritualize and celebrate the sense of a higher life.

Goodwin's intention is not to compare different traditions, but to get at the essential technique and the attitude of prayer--its cognitive workings. Prayer is seen as key to an active inner life and an experience of the higher self. He shows us how prayer can bring about a cognitive restructuring that provides greater access to renewal, imagination, inspiration, and intuition, and provides an anchor for meaning in daily life.

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Most Americans believe in the existence of a personal God and pray regularly. At organized religious services; such prayer is formal, liturgical, and full of ritual, but Americans also pray privately, informally, and without ceremony. Here Goodwin, former UP correspondent to the Vatican, gives us a good, basic introduction to the history and current practice of private prayer. Neither theologian nor theoretician, Goodwin nevertheless raises most of the difficult questions people ask about prayer: How do I know God hears and responds to me? If everything is foreordained, why do prayers matter? What should I say, or should I be silent? What is the best kind of prayer? His answers are based primarily on his own experience. Accordingly, this book will appeal to interested lay readers rather than scholars or religious professionals. Recommended for public libraries.ÄJames F. DeRoche, Alexandria, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.