Beginner's Grace

Beginner's Grace

Bringing Prayer to Life

Book - 2010 | 1st Free Press hardcover ed
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Prayer is an ancient and simple way to prepare yourself for grace, or love, and to learn to recognize it when it comes. Even the briefest "grace" spoken before dinner offers its time-honored wisdom. Yet in spite of hundreds of traditions and teachings and books about prayer, millions of Americans have become ambivalent about it. They are unsure how, when, where, and even why they might pray, afraid they'll do it wrong, or worried that they won't be heard.Writing in the beautiful, funny, honest narrative style that moved and inspired readers of her first book,Here If You Need Me,Kate Braestrup explains what prayer is and the many ways we can pray. With an approach that is both personal and inclusive,Beginner's Graceis a new kind of prayer book. Even if you don't pray and don't consider yourself religious, there's room in this book for you. In these pages, Braestrup explains how and why the practice of prayer can open a space in our busy lives for mindfulness, gratitude, contentment, and a wider compassion toward others.Inspired by her work as a chaplain, Braestrup includes many examples of prayers to draw from--beginning with grace, a brief prayer of thanks. She provides clear models and practical suggestions for making your own and your family's prayers meaningful and satisfying, and offers prayers for situations in which words might fail: times of anxiety, helplessness, or grief. And she invites you to explore forms of prayer that extend into the wider community, including prayer with and for people we don't like or with whom we disagree. A welcoming modern guide to the simplest, most effective way to satisfy a universal spiritual hunger,Beginner's Graceis for the religious and nonreligious and even irreligious in its generous, good-humored approach to spirituality. With its insight and warmth,Beginner's Graceis sure to become a spiritual touchstone for people of all faiths
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2010
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439184264
Branch Call Number: 248.32 BRA 2010
Characteristics: viii, 259 p. ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Bringing prayer to life


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Feb 13, 2017

This book is eminently readable, the author being a story teller extraordinaire. I was immediately hooked from the first page. It is clear that she has done her homework as she writes little details about other religions that cause one to sit up a little straighter and wonder
what even made her think about that particular bit of information. She does it in such a way that I wanted to hear more and on further exploration was richly rewarded. Laced with her dry wit, this is clearly a book that is truly ecumenical in nature. Kate Braestrup, it would appear, is comfortable and respectful of any given religious setting, warts and all. I come away feeling more comfortable with prayer and the belief that it really is possible to be, at the very least, tolerant of each other's belief system.

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