Prayers for Hope and Comfort:
Reflections, Meditations, and Inspirations
By Maggie Oman Shannon
In a world that feels increasingly fragile, people will continue to look for new prayers and new ways to pray. While there are a number of anthologies of prayer available, no book – until now – has attempted to provide a collection that focuses specifically on prayers for a wide range of modern challenges, from the personal to the global.
Prayers for Hope and Comfort covers issues facing individuals (illness, addiction); those challenged in relationships (aging parents, divorce); local communities (natural disasters, unemployment); the larger world (poverty, hunger, war); and creation itself (loss of rainforests, species extinction, global warming).
Prayers for Hope and Comfort offers readers solace, comfort, and hope, drawing from the wisdom of every era, every major faith and tradition, and the important voices of those who have lived through such experiences themselves. The book contains selections from some of the world’s most profound poets and thinkers: David Whyte, Eckhart Tolle, Sister Joan Chittister, and Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as traditional prayers and verses from every time and place.
A READER WRITES…
A beautiful and blessed book
“Maggie Oman Shannon has produced yet another beautiful book (I also especially loved her book A String and a Prayer: How to Make and Use Prayer Beads) that I not only treasure, but plan to send to family and friends for the holidays. Each poem was clearly chosen with the reader in mind, as an act of generosity — a kind of “here, this may offer what you need.” My favorite way of using the book is to open it at random and see what treasure I find within. Along with old favorites, I also appreciate being introduced to new authors and have looked many of them up for further reference. I highly recommend this book if you are in need of ‘hope and comfort,’ and who isn’t these days?” — Sarah Stockton
By Midwest Book Review
“Prayer is a universal phenomena and practice which is exclusive to no single religion. Prayers for Hope and Comfort: Reflections, Meditations, and Inspirations is a collection of prayers and sage wisdom from a great span of sources. From Martin Luther King Jr. to Confucius, Prayers for Hope and Comfort is an impressive and memorable compendium of great religious wisdom in the form of prayers ranging from Christianity to Buddhism. As thoughtful and thought-provoking as it is inspired and inspiring, Prayers for Hope and Comfort is very highly recommended addition to personal, community Religious Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.