Ten Prayers That Changed the World: Extraordinary Stories of Faith That Shaped the Course of History

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From time immemorial, prayer has provided comfort in our darkest hours, stirred us to action beyond what we thought possible, and shown us the way through seemingly insurmountable challenges. In this engaging tour of world history, author and historian Jean-Pierre Isbouts takes us on an inspiring tour of ten prayers that played a pivotal role in world events—from the divine inspiration of Joan of Arc to Martin Luther's powerful hymn, "A Mighty Fortress is our God"; from Abraham's poignant plea to save his son to George Washington's prayerful words to the newly formed American states; from Constantine the Great's prayer before battle to Gandhi's deeply moving "prayer of peace." Ten Prayers That Changed the World delves into the moments in history where faith and prayer intersected with the course of mankind.  2016 Best Book Award in Spirituality.

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JEAN-PIERRE ISBOUTS is a bestselling author, historian, and award-winning director of documentary and feature films. A humanities scholar and professor at Fielding Graduate University of Santa Barbara, California, he has published widely on subjects in art, history and archaeology, and directed films for Disney, ABC, Hallmark, History Channel and other studios and networks. He has also produced a broad repertoire of classical music with ensembles in New York, Los Angeles and Amsterdam.

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2016 Best Book Award in Spirituality

“A thoughtful examination of faiths and faith stories throughout the ages.”—Booklist

“Isbouts weighs the culture of ancient times against more modern thinking, suggesting new interpretations for legends and exploring alternative versions of stories. Taking a secular tack, he leaves open-ended questions about whether these prayers were heard by a higher power—and what form that entity’s response might take—while concluding that faith of all kinds makes the world a better place.”—Publishers Weekly

"Isbouts places the reader right in the thick of the action." -Rebecca Hitt 'Stories in My Pocket' blog

"As a history teacher myself, I was immediately drawn in by Isbouts' storytelling.  Vivid descriptions coupled with historical context provided a greater depth and understanding of these accounts."-AnAnchoredFaith.com 

"Isbouts has a storyteller's gift..." -Tonya Parham 'Books Make Everything Better' blog

“A powerful survey that’s highly recommended for any who like historical inspection and a general survey of how faith and its messages are transmitted.”-California Book Watch

“Exceptionally well organized and presented.”-Midwest Book Review

“Never a history buff at school, which I have come to regret, I lapped up Isbouts’s fascinating accounts.” –Rachel Britton ‘Rachel Britton’ blog

“[This] narrative account will help you grasp both the power of stories, and the challenges involved in and rewards of historical reconstruction.”-Patheos.com

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