Give Us This Day: The Story of Prayer

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SteinerBooks, 1999 - 256 páginas
Gandhi called prayer "the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening." But what is a prayer? Do you need to believe in God in order to pray? Why are the words important? What is the difference between prayer and meditation? Should you ask for things when you pray? Do prayers change the world around us?

Rufus Goodwin--writer, linguist, and former United Press correspondent to the Vatican--addresses these and other questions about prayer in this thoughtful book. He examines the various traditions of prayer through the ages. He discusses practices, ranging from the ancient Indian yoga of sound to the Christian monastic rules of prayer, giving examples of the various religious litanies that ritualize and celebrate the sense of a higher life.

Goodwin's intention is not to compare different traditions, but to get at the essential technique and the attitude of prayer--its cognitive workings. Prayer is seen as key to an active inner life and an experience of the higher self. He shows us how prayer can bring about a cognitive restructuring that provides greater access to renewal, imagination, inspiration, and intuition, and provides an anchor for meaning in daily life.

 

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Most Americans believe in the existence of a personal God and pray regularly. At organized religious services; such prayer is formal, liturgical, and full of ritual, but Americans also pray privately ... Leer comentario completo

Contenido

The Vocative Relation
7
Speaking and Listening
16
Does God Hear?
23
PRAYER THROUGH THE AGES
29
Early Prayer
31
The Wailing Wall Jewish Tradition
42
Celtic Blessings
49
Jesus at Prayer
57
ACCESS TO PRAYER
135
Seed Words for Sleepless Nights
137
Stages or Meditation
144
A First Prayer
154
Mantras
159
Western Mantras
166
The Lords Prayer
171
The Future or Prayer
176

The Apostles Pray
68
The Church Fathers
75
Eastern Orthodox Tradition
86
Prayer Rugs Islamic Tradition
93
What Use Is Prayer? The Medievals
104
The Dazzling Darkness
113
Objections to Prayer
123
APPENDIX
185
B Medicine in Prayer
197
GLOSSARY of prayer terms
207
BIBLIOGRAPHY
217
INDEX
222
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Acerca del autor (1999)

Rufus Goodwin went to Yale and Georgetown universities. He was a United Press International correspondent to the Vatican, author, freelance journalist, poet, and novelist. He died in 2005.

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