WomanPrayers: Prayers by Women from throughout History and around the World

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This rich blend of prayers, poems, and sayings by women writers and sages from around the world and throughout history offers daily inspiration and delight. Included in this collection are diverse voices ranging from the early Sufi mystic Rabia and the trailblazing Mechtild of Magdeburg, to contemporary poets Denise Levertov, Kathleen Norris, Maya Angelou, Jane Hirshfield, and Mary Oliver. These and many other treasures of women’s wisdom are gathered here from such wide-ranging sources as Celtic blessings, Native...

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This rich blend of prayers, poems, and sayings by women writers and sages from around the world and throughout history offers daily inspiration and delight. Included in this collection are diverse voices ranging from the early Sufi mystic Rabia and the trailblazing Mechtild of Magdeburg, to contemporary poets Denise Levertov, Kathleen Norris, Maya Angelou, Jane Hirshfield, and Mary Oliver. These and many other treasures of women’s wisdom are gathered here from such wide-ranging sources as Celtic blessings, Native American petitions, and Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Hindu, and Chinese prayers.

An expert on spirituality with a remark-able eye for the best inspirational literature, Ford-Grabowsky includes in this collection prayers of praise, thanks, petition, mystical ecstasy, and insight. Her book explores self-discovery, mothering, inner strength, needs, work, gratefulness, spiritual darkness, mysti-cal experience, and love.

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A run-down of some of this book's contributors-which include Marianne Williamson, Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Hildegard of Bingen, Ammachi, and anonymous Celtic and Native American authors-suggests that its intended audience is women interested in New Age and feminist spirituality. It certainly succeeds in providing well-sifted, prayerful reading for its target market. The book's greatest strength is the pride of place it gives to poetry, eschewing sappy, written-for-the-moment prayers in favor of reflective poems from many different times and spiritual traditions. Rita Dove and Denise Levertov get their due; Anne Lamott offers a poem of gratitude; and Madeleine L'Engle contributes a lovely three-line invocation. This feast of women's poetry would make a marvelous gift from one woman to another, or-perhaps more importantly-for a woman to give herself. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060089702
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/6/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 518,693
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.25 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ford-Grabowsky is an award-winning writer, editor, and teacher with a specialty in the world's mystical traditions. Her publications include inspirational books, such as Prayers for All People and Sacred Poems and Prayers of Love, and many essays and scholarly articles. After receiving a master of divinity degree and a doctorate in theology and spirituality from Princeton Theological Seminary, she taught in the religious studies department of Regis College, later returning to Princeton to become editor of Fellowhsip in Prayer. In 1995 she moved to California at the invitation of the Episcopal theologian Matthew Fox to become vice president and academic dean of the Universtiy of Creation Spirituality in Oakland, where she today serves as a member of the adjunct faculty and board. Among honors she has received are an award from the ecumenical branch of the World Council of Churches for distinguished service in interfaith work. A translater who studed Spanish in Mexico and German, French, and Italian in Europe, she has been collecting and translating prayers for many years and is currently preparing a book of women's prayers for publication. She warmly invites readers of this book to send their favorite prayers to her at: P.O. Box 21267, Oakland, CA 94620-1267.
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Table of Contents

Thanks xiii
Introduction xv
Chapter 1 Finding Myself 1
The Way of the Three Steps: A Native American Way to Begin the Day
The Truth About Myself
How Could I Reject Who I Am?
Lord of Healing
The Monk Stood Beside a Wheelbarrow
Gestalt at Sixty
Wild longing in my eyes
Prelude to The Dance
Grace for My Twenty-Fifth Year
The Well
Order of Melchizedek
I Was Obsessed
Our deepest fear
Lord, not you
Blessed Are You
Be Who You Are
It is by seeking
O Lord, One tiny bit of water
Chapter 2 The Mother Line 19
The Boston School of Cooking Cookbook
I Have So Much I Can Teach Her
The Meaning of Bones
The Tablecloth
Dying at 31
Oh, God, thank you for the child I carry
To Jacqueline, Age 2, in Her Great-Grandmother's House
Cost of Living
Prayer for Easy Labor
35/10 Sharon Olds to dance at your daughter's wedding
Gift from My Mother
Your Clothes
To Elvira, My Maternal Grandmother
The Turning Point
What Came to Me
The Power in My Mother's Arms
Chains of Fire
Mother of Mothers
Chapter 3 Gathering Our Inner Strengths 45
Letting Go
A Cedary Fragrance
Three times each day
From Self-Consciousness to Happiness
Learning to Grow
May you be drenched with the longing for peace
The Last Story
As I light these Sabbath candles
In Pain
Buddhist Vow
Moments of Real Grace
Life in Ravensbruck
Women Who Light Lives
We see you
How can you go on sleeping
I Taught Myself to Live Simply
God Alone Suffices
May the Blessing of Rain Be on You
Chapter 4 Finding Heaven in Mother Earth 61
A vein of sapphires
Sow in me your living breath
His Heart Shone Right Out of His Eyes
Play in this universe
The Seven Directions
The little cares
Earth Teach Me
The Holy may speak to you
The Sapphire
How Should I Fear to Die?
The Stars
The mountain
The Sacred Berry
This Island, This Season
I know I am made from this earth
Spiritual Life
I think everything and everyone slept that afternoon
How shall I begin my song
Earth is crammed with heaven
The Prayer of the Cat
My Lord, Lord of the mountain grove Andal and how could anyone believe
Chapter 5 For All Our Needs 75
Ti Prego M.P.A. Sheaffer
God our Mother, Living Water
A Prayer for Spiritual Teachers
Brigid's Feast
Give Me Someone
Different Ways to Pray
May I be free from danger
Open our eyes to see our own part
Help in Old Age from the Mother
Make us ready, Lord
Prayer for Village Earth
Prayer for Beauty
Prayer for a Child While Listening to Rachmaninoff
Prayer for Wellness
Metta Prayer
Chapter 6 At Work 91
A Zen Prayer for Preparing a Meal: How to Stuff a Pepper
You Can Also Pray While You Work
A Pediatrician's Prayer for Perfection
What Must I Do?
Litany of Sorrow for Denying Women Authority
Litany of Blessing for a Woman Taking Authority
I saw God in an instant of time
My Poems
Prayer Before Work
Lord of all the world
Cleaning Rice
Too Much to Do
Radiating Pain
May there always be work
Doing the Best We Can
The Great Work
Go Forward Securely
Chapter 7 Grateful for Everything 107
Unexpected Blessings
To Sing Is to Praise
For the Darkness
To Our First Grandmother
Celtic Thanksgiving
All you clear and shimmering waters
Thank you, my dear
Thank You
I Arise Today
The Flowers
Praise to You Spirit of Fire!
Give Thanks for Everything
Chapter 8 Out of Darkness 123
Mother Wisdom Speaks
Why Do You Hide Yourself?
Dear God, it is so hard
Passing the Refugee Camp
For Victims of War and Refugees
Lament for September 11, 2001
The Next Day: 9/12/01
For the 500th Dead Palestinian: Ibtisam Bozieh
In the Cemetery of Your City: Israel, March 6, 2002
What Is Happening
Prayer from Auschwitz
Not Without Longing
In the morning
I saw you in the doorway Miriam
From moment to moment
May the angel of God make smooth the road
Psalms of a Laywoman
There is a Brokenness
Chapter 9 Our Spiritual and Mystical Experience 143
Preparing to Greet the Goddess
Fire in Water
As a silkworm weaves
The desert waits
Enter and penetrate
The Sacredness of Time
Speak and Write What You See and Hear!
Dangerous Prayers
Clea--La Chanson de Ma Mie'
The silence is all there is
Oh God, whose true nature I cannot know
With Your Light
When We Stumble and Find It
Mahakranti: The Endtime
Invocation to the Light, December 2001
I come in the little things
God Everywhere
God is
Beautiful One
A Way In
A Thousand Ways
Chapter 10 Love 165
And you held me
Black and White Blessing
I am watching all the roads
Between Words
Do you ever wonder
And so it came
A long time I have lived with you
First Passion
One must go down
To Aphrodite
Who Will Teach Me Now?
The Soul in Love
My Book Was Begun in Love
You Have Come, My Beloved
No Words At All, Just Love
Mira Speaks to Her Lord
A Dying Grandfather's Prayer
To Be an Island in the Sea
In this still moment, Lord
I Am My Beloved's
All She Needed That Day
To what shall I liken you, Lord?
Index of Authors and Sources 185
Index of Titles or First Lines 189
Permissions and Acknowledgments 193
About the Editor 199
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