Let There Be Peace: Prayers from Around the World

Let There Be Peace: Prayers from Around the World

by Jeremy Brooks, Jude Daly
     
 


The world's need for peace is more urgent than ever before. In this book, Jeremy Brooks gathers together prayers from Bosnia to Northern Ireland, from China to World War II Germany. They range from Taoist and Hindu lines to a prayer by St. Francis of Assisi, and from words by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to a daily prayer said by Muslims everywhere. With beautiful…  See more details below

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The world's need for peace is more urgent than ever before. In this book, Jeremy Brooks gathers together prayers from Bosnia to Northern Ireland, from China to World War II Germany. They range from Taoist and Hindu lines to a prayer by St. Francis of Assisi, and from words by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to a daily prayer said by Muslims everywhere. With beautiful illustrations that depict varied lands and cultures, this thought-provoking collection makes a perfect prayer book for any child.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Brooks has assembled a collection of traditional and modern prayers, many of them composed by people living in war-torn regions like Bosnia, Northern Ireland, and the Middle East. Selections written by St. Francis of Assisi, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Lao-Tzu round out the collection. By selecting prayers representing a variety of religions, Brooks reinforces his unifying message that people of different faiths actually share many of the same beliefs. In a brief introduction and subsequent explanatory notes, he expands upon this theme, reminding readers that peace begins on an individual level and that "we also need to live in peace with our world." One of the shortest but most powerful verses is a traditional prayer from Africa. "The world was not left to us by our parents./It was lent to us by our children." Although the verses address such adult themes as war, violence, world peace, and forgiveness, they convey important lessons for readers of all ages. Daly's subtle illustrations are painted in a varied palette of soft pastel and jewel-toned acrylics and feature people of many nations drawn in the artist's characteristic economical style. This title could be paired with Brooks's A World of Prayers (Eerdmans, 2006) and is a good supplement to more comprehensive volumes like Mary Joslin's The Lion Book of Best-Loved Prayers (Lion, 2008).—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Full of delicate, stylized imagery that reflects its subject, this clearly heartfelt and well-intentioned compendium suffers from a lack of sourced material and a surfeit of fuzzy sentimentality. Its compiler is an English vicar, who combines Lao-Tzu's and St. Francis of Assisi's prayers for peace with those cited only as "Muslim daily prayer" or "Baha'i prayer, Iran." "Traditional prayer, Africa" is regrettably meaningless: What place in Africa? What tradition? The universal longing for peace through prayer is highlighted, and Brooks adds very brief prose introductions to various sections. Daly uses soft, clear colors and elegant line to make barbed wire turn into wild roses, and her multiethnic cast, each figure as small and neat as a doll, is varied by age, dress and accoutrement across many cultures. It ends with the hymn that gives the collection its title, familiar to many in the English-speaking world. (Picture book/religion. 5-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845075309
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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