Prayer: A History

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 1, 2006 - Religion - 415 pages
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This landmark work presents prayer in all its richness and variety throughout history, across traditions, and around the globe. In a thorough and fascinating look at this spiritual practice, two of today’s most versatile and admired authorities on religion probe the language and fruits of prayer, its controversies, and its prospects for the future. With a focus on extraordinary stories of lives changed by prayer and on great works of literature and art inspired by it, Prayer: A History promises to be the standard on the subject for readers of all faiths.
 

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User Review  - Ellen Allerton - Goodreads

There is no other book that "defines" prayer so elegantly and thoroughly. Read full review

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

Meh. A sort of strange tour of the history of prayer through the lens of many traditions. In trying to accomplish everything, though, Zaleski hasn't really accomplished that much. The book is ... Read full review

Contents

The Foundations of Prayer
3
Magic
33
Deeper Magic
61
Heart in Pilgrimage
91
The Refugee
95
The Devotee
128
The Ecstatic
158
The Contemplative
195
Prayer and the Modern Arts
260
Prayer and the Public Square
294
Something Understood
311
Prayer and Healing
315
The Efficacy of Prayer
331
The Mystery of Prayer
347
Works Cited
357
Notes
369

The Land of Spices
229
Prayer and Tradition
233

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