LEARNING TO PRAY was written by an ordained minister and graduate of the Harvard School of Divinity as a guide for those who are unsure about how to pray. The author analyzes the "Our Father," and explores the question of why we pray. Short, simple chapters include prayer practices to illustrate the teachings within.LEARNING TO PRAY was written by an ordained minister and graduate of the Harvard School of Divinity as a guide for those who are unsure about how to pray. The author analyzes the "Our Father," and explores the question of why we pray. Short, simple chapters include prayer practices to illustrate the teachings within.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 2003-06-02 Acts of cruelty and bigotry and a shocking betrayal propel this colorful if overstuffed historical novel by Zimler (The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon), set in 18th- and 19th-century Portugal. John Zarco Stewart is the son of a Scotsman and, through his mother, is descended from converted Jews called Marranos who have kept their identity a secret since the Spanish Inquisition. John grows up in the city of Porto unaware of his true heritage until a necromancer curses him when he is nine. In the same year, his best friend drowns before his eyes, and he is only comforted when his father returns from a trip to Africa with a Bushman called Midnight, a healer and freed slave who teaches John many things as he grows into manhood. But Midnight, too, meets a violent end, and when John is 16, Napoleon's armies invade Portugal and John's father is killed defending Porto. Years after the war, John discovers that his father, who he believed was a hero, had committed an unthinkable act of treachery. In attempting to atone for his father's misdeed, John travels from Portugal to England then antebellum America. Zimler packs his tale with exotic detail, describing Porto's bird markets, plantation life in South Carolina and the lives of Jews in hiding. Though his prose style is somewhat stiff as he attempts to echo 1800s speech patterns (" `Close your goddamned snout and run, you little mole!' ") and many of the events in the story are melodramatic, the narrative has a vintage flavor that becomes absorbing. (July 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2003-05-15 Muller, a minister and therapist who is author of "Sabbath" and "Legacy of the Heart," here tackles the timeworn issue of prayer. Gearing his thoughts for the beginner who may be uncertain about how to pray, Muller defaults to the tried-and-true method of the Lord's Prayer. This is certainly not the first book to go phrase by phrase through the Lord's Prayer and use it as a guide to the Christian life, but few authors in the spirituality/self-help category communicate as effectively as Muller does. In brief, simple chapters, he expounds upon the well-known prayer he recites daily, drawing on Buddhist as well as Christian examples to demonstrate his points about interconnectedness, holiness, forgiveness, and God's will. Each chapter closes with a helpful "prayer practice" exercise to apply the concepts of the Lord's Prayer in daily life. Readers who are interested in prayer and who appreciate Muller's interfaith approach will relish this eloquent, gentle book. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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