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Acclaimed, award-winning essayist and novelist Brian Doylewhose writing, in the words of Mary Oliver, is "a gift to us all"presents one hundred new prayers that evoke his deep Catholic belief in the mystery and miracle of the ordinary (and the whimsical) in human life.
In Brian Doyle's newest work, his readers will find a series of prayers unlike any of the beautiful, formal, orthodox prayers of the Catholic tradition or the warm, extemporized prayers heard from pulpits and dinner tables. Doyle's often-dazzling, always-poignant prayers include eye-opening hymns to shoes and faith and family. In Doyle's words, "the world is crammed with miracles, so crammed and tumultuous that if we stop, see, savor, we are agog," and the pages of his newest book give voice and body to this credo. By focusing on experiences that may seem the most unprayerful (one prayer is titled "Prayer of Abject Love for the Dishwasher, To Whom I Wish to Leave My Estate"), he gives permission to discover the joys and treasures in what he often calls the muddle of everyday life.
|Publisher:||Ave Maria Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon and the author of fourteen books. His work has appeared in periodicals around the world and has been reprinted in the annual Best American Essays and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I never expect a prayer book to make me smile, to inspire me to look up and marvel, to force a guffaw and a snort-laugh out of me before I've had my coffee. Obviously, I've never had a prayer book like this one before. A Book of Uncommon Prayer doesn't just raise the bar, it changes the standards altogether. What Doyle has pulled together might be one of my favorite collections of writing. It's a glimpse into real conversation with God and a sliver of life here and there. When you read it...and pray it...you can't help but be changed, nudged, motivated even a little bit to glance around and see the miracle that is the present moment.
Provides light, but real reading and thought.