Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World

Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World


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Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
In a world where difference is all too often seen as threat, Everyone Prays, by Alexis York Lumbard, pulls aside the veil and reveals an important way in which we might all be the same. With bright illustrations to capture a small child’s attention, an astonishing level of authenticity and detail to intrigue older siblings too, and well-written explanations for the adults, this simple book has much more to offer than the average picture book. The text is rhythmic and clear. Together with images it invites questions and uncomplicated understanding, and welcomes readers to a wider world of shared spirituality where, indeed, everyone prays in their different ways. From cathedral to mosque, from African plain to Temple in Myanmar, from baptism to coming of age, and fasting to washing, the illustrations are firmly anchored in honest depictions of faith around the world. Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and Dome of the Rock bring Jews, Christians and Muslims together in one two-page spread, while Buddhists and Hindus pray by the Ganges River. A lovely appendix offers symbols and brief explanations of different faiths, together with detailed and fascinating descriptions of the illustrations. The bright pictures will make this a favorite book for small children. The text offers a valuable reading experience. And the combination is a pleasing book to share with family and friends, crossing cultural boundaries, inviting thought, and, calling us all to recognize the beauty of prayer. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and I offer my honest review. It’s beautiful!