Prayers for All People

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Prayers for All People

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Prayers for All People contains wise and beautiful prayers from all ages and traditions, selected and arranged by theme (Birth, Suffering, Death, etc.) by the editor of Fellowship in Prayer. Simultaneous hardcover release from Doubleday. 2 cassettes.

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Prayers For All People is a collection of prayers from around the world, and from a variety of religious traditions over the past five hundred years-a book for anyone seeking a sense of spirituality and comfort in a world that grows increasingly chaotic each day. The prayers are centered on life's major passages: birth, comming of age, confronting illness, marriage, the quest for God, commitment to spirituality, arriving at elderhood, death. They come from a variety of the world's major religious traditions and cultures, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hindu. Celtic, Mayan, Native American, and Zoroastrian. Prayers For All People contains familiar prayers, some rarely seen in the West, and some that have never before been published. The previously unpublished prayers come from disparate sources; some were written specifically for this book by leading scholars and contemplatives, such as Professor Huston Smith, Brother David Steindl-Rast, Sri Eknath Easwaran, and Mother Tessa Bielecki, and others were translated especially for this volume from a variety of languages and cultures. There are prayers that have been handed down for thousands of years, such as the Zoroastrian prayer for marriage and the Jain prayer for forgiveness, and prayers that are contemporary, such as "Psalm of a Torture Victim" from Central America and a sixteen-year-old gangster's prayer. Prayers For All People offers something for everyone-and provides a way to celebrate and commemorate life's journey.


Prayers For All People gathers an extraordinary range of sacred poetry and prayers from around the world and down through time (from ancient Persia to modern America). From the joys and struggles of the spiritual search, to the richness of relationships, to the encounter with suffering and death, these poems touch on all the major passages and experience of life. Accompanied by singers Karolyn van Putten and Mihr'un'Nisa, and harpist Diana Stork, Andrew Harvey's reading gives memorable voice to these extraordinary expressions of the human condition. -- Midwest Book Review

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