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Every Day I Pray: Prayers for Awakening to the Grace of Inner Communion [NOOK Book]

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From the bestselling author of Until Today! and
One Day My Soul Just Opened Up comes a unique invitation
to prayer -- and her most deeply personal book yet.


Over the years, bestselling author Iyanla Vanzant has received many letters from readers who want to know how to pray. Some are afraid they are praying wrong. Some want a formula. Some think their prayers are unworthy. ...
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Every Day I Pray: Prayers for Awakening to the Grace of Inner Communion

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Overview

From the bestselling author of Until Today! and
One Day My Soul Just Opened Up comes a unique invitation
to prayer -- and her most deeply personal book yet.


Over the years, bestselling author Iyanla Vanzant has received many letters from readers who want to know how to pray. Some are afraid they are praying wrong. Some want a formula. Some think their prayers are unworthy. Here, Iyanla shares the realizations that changed her experience with prayer once and for all: Every thought, every word, every action is a prayer; focus on God's presence in everything -- and everyone -- and prayer becomes as natural as breathing.

The prayers in Everyday I Pray culled from Iyanla's own prayer journal, address a variety of topics and situations. It is Iyanla's hope that they will spark a light in the hearts of readers, and that others will come to know the peace of God's grace. With this intimate collection, she invites readers everywhere to join her in making the thoughts, words, and deeds of everyday life more reverent, honorable, and loving.
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Editorial Reviews

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Oftentimes strength, peace, inspiration, grace, and comfort are realized through prayer. But what constitutes a prayer? Writes Iyanla Vanzant: “Every thought, every word, every action is a prayer." In Every Day I Pray, Vanzant offers more than 50 prayers from her personal Prayer Journal, each addressing a different topic or need. Vanzant hopes “they will spark a light within your heart. Perhaps in the presence of the light you will be inspired to write a prayer of two of your own…[and you] will come to know and experience the peace of God’s grace.”
Publishers Weekly
Prayer is "an inner communion with the divine" and should be "as natural as breathing," writes spirituality diva Vanzant, author of the bestselling In the Meantime, in this collection drawn from her ongoing "Prayer Journal." There's undeniable energy (and a lot of exclamation points) in Vanzant's personal entreaties; she's fond of ringing but generic affirmations of God (who is "awesome," "magnificent," "amazing" and "a skilled negotiator") and self ("I praise my body! I love my body!"). "[E]very thought, every word, every action is a prayer," Vanzant says, but she still offers specifics: there are prayers for "Alignment with God" and for blessing married couples; to "Eliminate Tiredness or Exhaustion" and to give thanks. Her fervent desire for the Divine presence in every facet of life will be inspiring for many, but others might find her detailed invocations ("Teach me to monitor my thoughts and desires to ensure that they are filled with love, harmony and peace for myself and everyone in my life in all situations and under all circumstances"; "Please purge my agenda today. Take out of my life everything...that could possibly take my focus from you") a trifle demanding. Replete with "I" statements, many of her prayers seem self-absorbed; the longer, more reflective ones, such as "Prayer When Ending a Relationship" and "God's Promise" strike deeper chords. Vanzant's spirituality of is powerful and motivating, as is her rags-to-riches bio, but occasionally this volume seems as much about her as it is about God. Photos of Vanzant and her children. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439142523
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 210,434
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

With more than 8 million books in print, Iyanla Vanzant has truly established a dedicated fan base.
Iyanla's path to success took her through a multitude of life-changing experiences that shaped the profound insights she eagerly shares with others. A neglected, overweight, sexually abused child who was shuttled from one family to another, she became a teenage mother on welfare living in the projects of a major urban city. Vanzant took control of her life when she walked out of her second abusive marriage and entered Medgar Evers College in New York and then the City University of New York Law School. She moved to Philadelphia with her children and became a public defender for three years. Then she eventually became an ordained minister, who was committed to a message based on the principles of divine power and self-determination.

Iyanla combined her professional skills with her life's lessons and embarked on a writing and speaking career. Her mass appeal is evident in her overwhelming success as an author. In the Meantime was a #1 New York Times bestseller, where it spent 20 weeks on the list, and she has had numerous other major bestsellers. As a nationally recognized speaker she has sold out such prestigious venues as New York's Jacob Javits Convention Center, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, Atlanta's Civic Center, and the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Vanzant is also familiar to the daytime TV audience from her role as a regular contributor on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Acclaimed journalist and producer Barbara Walters recognized Vanzant's extraordinary appeal, seeing in her a "breakaway talent" with the potential for huge success in daytime television. With Walters and partner Bill Geddie on board to executive produce, Buena Vista Productions to develop the show, and Buena Vista Television as distributor, the road to Iyanla was forged.

Vanzant has received numerous accolades for her work. In 1992 Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley named October 21st "Tapping the Power Within Day" in honor of a workshop she presented in that city for African-American women. In 1994, the National Association of Equal Opportunity in Education, an organization comprised of the presidents and administrators of the 117 predominantly Black colleges in the United States named her Alumni of the Year. She also was awarded an "Oni" by the International Congress of Black Women as one of the nation's unsung heroes, and she served as the national spokesperson for Literacy Volunteers of America in 1998.

In 1999 she was listed among the 100 Most Influential African-Americans by Ebony magazine. Later that year, she was awarded the 31st NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Literary Work, Non-Fiction" for Yesterday I Cried. She also earned her first Honorary Doctorate degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from the City University of New York, Medgar Evars College. In 2000, she earned her second honorary degree, Doctor of Divinity, from the Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, Ebony has named her one of their "55 Most Intriguing People," Vibe magazine tabbed her one of "100 Leaders of the New Millennium" and Newsweek recently included her as one of the "Women of the New Century."

The mother of three and grandmother of four, Vanzant lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband Adeyemi and Mr. Coco, their cat.

To learn how Iyanla can help you get started on your journey toward spiritual enlightenment, visit Inner Visions Worldwide, Inc., at
www.innervisionsworldwide.com.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 15
For Building a Prayer Life 25
Morning Prayer 28
Let There Be Light 31
Prayer of Acknowledgment 33
Prayer for Alignment with God 35
Practicing the Presence of God 38
Welcoming the Holy Spirit into Your Life 40
Prayer for Guidance 42
I Am! 43
Prayer for Clarity 45
I Am Willing to Change 48
Prayer of Transformation 49
Prayer for Inner Strength 51
Please Untie the Nots 54
Prayer for Divine Correction 56
God's Promise 60
The Perfect Love 62
A Blessing for the Body 63
Prayer for a Married Couple 65
A Father's Prayer for His Child 68
A Mother's Prayer for Her Child(ren) 71
A Mother's Prayer for Her Unborn Child 74
Prayer for Protection 78
A Prayer for Self-Forgiveness 80
The Freedom of Forgiveness 83
Please Forgive Me 84
Prayer for Strength When Doing Something New 87
Prayer for Peace in Difficult Tasks 90
Prayer for the Overwhelmed 92
To Eliminate Tiredness or Exhaustion 94
To Speak the Truth 96
Prayer of Thanksgiving 98
Blessing for a Meal 100
Just a Bit of Thanks! 101
Prosperity Prayer 103
Prayer to Eliminate Debt 107
Prayer of Gratitude 110
I Am Thanking You Right Now 112
Thank God for Faith! 115
Prayer for Faith 117
The Divine Power in Me 119
In Fear or Anxiety 123
In Times of Despair 125
In Regret 127
In Times of Loneliness 130
In Times of Grief 132
For Wisdom Through Grief 135
When You've Been Hurt 137
Prayer When Ending a Relationship (or in Any Experience of Sudden Loss) 140
In My Weakest Moment 143
Prayer of Surrender 144
Prayer for Healing 147
Prayer for Peace 149
The Power of Peace 150
Prayer for World Peace 152
Prayer of Celebration 154
Evening Prayer 157
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    This book is so comforting,I read a passage everyday..I've read

    This book is so comforting,I read a passage everyday..I've read the entire book but still go back everyday and read something. It gives me daily rewards. EPAREAD

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2009

    Everyday I Pray

    I read this book everyday during a challenging time in my life and found the reading helpful, inspiring, motivating, spiritual and calming.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2002

    INCREASED PRAYER POWER

    THIS IS ANOTHER OUTSTANDING BOOK BY IYANLA! I HAVE READ MOST OF HER BOOKS AND FIND THIS TO BE A MUST HAVE. THE PRAYERS ARE POSITIVE AND THERE IS A PRAYER TO TOUCH ON EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE. AND SO IT IS!

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