How I Pray

How I Pray

by Jim Castelli
     
 

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Religion writer Jim Castelli set out to answer these profound questions by talking with twenty-six spiritual leaders and practitioners representing the wide spectrum of faith in America today. How I Pray gathers these remarkable conversations into a thought-provoking, personal, and deeply meaningful volume.

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Religion writer Jim Castelli set out to answer these profound questions by talking with twenty-six spiritual leaders and practitioners representing the wide spectrum of faith in America today. How I Pray gathers these remarkable conversations into a thought-provoking, personal, and deeply meaningful volume.

In How I Pray Christians and Jews, Muslims and Buddhists, Native Americans and Mormons, and members of many other faiths describe the intimate and unique ways in which they pray -- and what prayer means to them. Catholic priest and novelist Andrew M. Greeley reveals that he prays to a womanly God because it enhances the intimacy of his spiritual encounters. Pollster George Gallup, Jr., considers his prayer life a dynamic two-way conversation with God. Lakota Sioux medicine man High Star shares the fascinating prayer rituals that his people have practiced for centuries.

Infused with honesty and passion, warmth, and a deep reverence for life's spirituality, How I Pray is sure to be a source of illumination and delight for readers of all religious backgrounds.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Asking how I pray is a real Western question,'' observes High Star, a Lakota Sioux singer. Nevertheless, he and 26 other Americans, a cross section representing the breadth of religious traditions in this country, answer that and almost two dozen similar questions. The result is a very readable collection of honest reflections on the technique and the value of prayer. The techniques are as varied as the respondents themselves, encompassing everything from communal liturgy to spontaneous private expression, from eloquent words to simple silence. Paradoxically, many of those interviewed say that they experience the inward practice of prayer as a turning outward, a change in perspective that leads to greater awareness of the needs of others and to a heightened desire to improve their community and the world. Regardless of religious orientation, however, those who worry that they ``don't know how to pray'' will find this book to be an encouraging introduction to the habit of prayer. (Oct.)
Steve Schroeder
This is a collection of short narratives reconstructed by the editor from 26 structured interviews about prayer. It is readily accessible to a general audience, and, given the widespread interest in spirituality, it is destined to be a popular book. The reader may tend to be skeptical about "any" book that begins with the flat assertion that "everyone prays," but Castelli and those he interviews define prayer so broadly that the assertion is almost indisputable. This means that the book is not so much an account of a specific activity identified as "prayer" as a reflection on the spiritual practices of a varied (though not entirely random or representative) group of Americans. The sample is predominantly Christian, with a smattering of other traditions, and as the only Native American respondent points out, the interviews are driven by "a real Western question." But there are valuable insights here, and readers are likely to find browsing through the narratives an interesting (and sometimes rewarding) experience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307778505
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/16/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
188
File size:
2 MB

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