Book of Uncommon Prayer

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Genius, on bended knee, reveals its humanity, its struggles, its joys.

Though spread across centuries, these "uncommon prayers" -- by Geoffrey Chaucer, Louisa May Alcott, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, C. S. Lewis, and so many others -- express emotions common to us all. The artists' gifts to us are the melodious phrase, the indelible image, the soothing rhythm, the piercing insight.

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Overview

Genius, on bended knee, reveals its humanity, its struggles, its joys.

Though spread across centuries, these "uncommon prayers" -- by Geoffrey Chaucer, Louisa May Alcott, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, C. S. Lewis, and so many others -- express emotions common to us all. The artists' gifts to us are the melodious phrase, the indelible image, the soothing rhythm, the piercing insight.

These writers said it better, and in doing so they quicken our intellects and innermost feelings, pointing us back to the divine Source of their inspiration.

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This compilation of uplifting words from numerous renowned authors -- Louisa May Alcott and Fyodor Dostoyevsky among them -- will provide solace and inspiration to anyone grappling with the loss or bereavement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849990366
  • Publisher: W Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 4.94 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xix
My Little Kingdom; Despondency 3
Help Me 7
We Have Been Blessed Far Beyond; On Each Return of the Night 9
On Another's Sorrow; The Lamb 11
Ever Round His Throne; A Prayer; Last Lines 15
On the Death of Anne Bronte; On the Death of Emily Bronte 19
Last Lines; Courage; Wanderer, Pray 21
A Gauntlet, a Gift; My Days Go On; Consolation; Holy Mysteries 25
Song; The Infinite Care; He Guides Me 29
The Hour of Death; Pleasant Dreams 31
Do One; Complain Not 33
Ballade of Good Counsel; Be Our Guide 35
Prayeth, Loveth 39
Give Me Repentance 41
No Other Commandment Greater; For the Evening 43
In God's Ear; Chartless; Your Soul; This World; Going to Heaven! 45
Epiphany; A Plea for Mercy; Preserve My Soul; A Hymn to God the Father; A Vision of Heaven 49
Have Mercy on Those Who Come Before Thee; I Love Thee 53
Mysterious Things of Faith; Veni, Creator Spiritus; Guide Us Upward 55
At His Feet; A River 59
On Our Faces; We Thank Thee; The Heart of Love; Row Away; Listen to the Soul 61
The True Sun; Thy Holy Breath; Abound in You 65
The Light of Eternal Love; Above Earthly Control; Chorus of Angels 67
Quick-Eyed Love; The Altar 69
A Grace; His Litany to the Holy Spirit 71
The Outgrown Shell 75
O God, I Love Thee; Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord; Godhead in Hiding; Pied Beauty 77
The Soul; Life Uncertain; Grief 81
A Last Prayer 83
Made Perfect Through Suffering; Much to Be Done; For Divine Strength; Studying Religion 85
A Hymn to God the Father to Heaven 89
Patience; Prayer; Under Your Wings; Your Hand, Lord Jesus; You Redeem Us; Faith 93
Trees; Prayer of a Soldier in France 97
The Glory of the Garden; A Pilgrim's Way; Teach Us; When Earth's Last Picture Is Painted 99
A Need for Grace 103
You May Say; God Shows Himself; Supposing We Found Him?; The Apologist's Evening Prayer 105
I Called My God 107
They Serve Him Best; The Hymn 109
Give Me, Good Lord; Tender, Loving Father 111
Heaven's Light 113
Our Sins; Conform My Will; Great and Wretched; Tears of Joy 115
Call Upon God 117
Hymn 119
The Dying Christian to His Soul; Better Way; Universal Prayer 121
Grant Us Eyes; We Are Rivers; To the Holy Spirit; A Better Resurrection; Give Us Grace; Make Me Pure; Who Shall Deliver Me? 125
Ave; Mary's Girlhood 129
Evening Clouds; Hymn for the Dead; Hymn to the Virgin 131
God's Goodness; Mercy; Adversity 135
Lumen de Lumine 137
Eternal Light; Eternal Love 139
Blessed Angels; Love Is the Lesson 141
For Success; For Self-Forgetfulness; The Celestial Surgeon; Before a Temporary Separation; For Self-Blame; For the Family 143
Calm and Divine; Mary at the Cross 147
Hands of Prayer; Speak to Him; Crossing the Bar; We Trust; Let Visions Come 149
The Hound of Heaven; Little Jesus; The Kingdom of God Is Within You 153
Love and Prayer; Lamp of God 157
My Heart 159
Regions Infinite; Cling Fast to Thee 161
The Steps of Faith; Angels of Grief 163
The Task; The Conscience; The Virgin; Clouds of Glory 165
Biographical Notes 167
Topical Index 189
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