SIMPLE PRAYERS offers ten one-sentence, mantra-like prayers. Each addresses an attribute of the Divine. Through brevity and focus, SIMPLE PRAYERS seeks to make prayer a natural and integral act. SIMPLE PRAYERS is particularly helpful for those new to or considering the discipline of prayer. It includes Journal pages to chronicle personal prayer experiences. The author is a seasoned Unitarian minister whose published books include five quote collections, as well as IN MEMORIAM, a classic resource on contemporary funeral and memorial services.
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I'm a Unitarian Universalist minister -- humanistic in orientation and steeped in Natural Religion. Since 1983 I've been minister of the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, IL, a suburb fifteen miles west of Chicago. I studied American history as an undergraduate at the University of Delaware and as a graduate student at the University of Vermont. I received my theological training at McGill University's Faculty of Religious Studies in Montreal. I lived in Canada for six years and am forever nostalgic for that wonderful country and its civil people. I've been a Unitarian Universalist minister since 1977. Through 1983 I was minister of the First Unitarian Church of Youngstown, Ohio. I favor back roads and small towns throughout America, urban strolls in Chicago neighborhoods, ethnic restaurants and country cafes, and vegetarian food. Influences include Emerson and Parker, Twain, Jung, Fromm and Frankl, Steinbech and Sinclair Lewis, J. W. Krutch and Hal Borland. I adore Debussy. The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca are my nominees for top movies, but in the right mood, I'll vote for Cinema Paradiso, and sometimes for Blade Runner. In my estimation, James Lee Burke is a much underestimated American author and Ross Lockridge, Jr.s 1947, Raintree County, is the great American novel.
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