Give Us This Day

The Story of Prayer

Rufus Goodwin

Availability:
Out of print

Quick Look

Examines prayer through the ages and asks, do you need to believe in God to pray?

Format:
paperback
Size:
230 x 150 mm
Publisher:
Lindisfarne Books
Subject:
Religion & Spirituality; Mind, Body, Spirit
Extent:
256 pages
ISBN:
9780940262966
Publication date:
01 Jan 2000

Description

Gandhi called prayer the "key of the morning and the bolt of the evening."

But what is prayer? Do you need to believe in God before you can pray? Why are the words important? What is the difference between prayer and meditation? Should you petition when you pray? Can 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 numerous traditions of prayer through the ages. He discusses practises ranging from the ancient Indian yoga of sound to the Christian monastic rules of prayer, and he offers examples of the various religious litanies that ritualise and celebrate the sense of a higher life.

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

Author

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.

Links

Also by the same author:
Who Killed the Holy Ghost?
Dreamlife (Out of Print)

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