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Life Prayers: From Around the World 365 Prayers, Blessings, and Affirmations to Celebrate the Human Journey

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An eloquent anthology honoring the wonders and challenges of life on earth and celebrating the seasons of our lives. The mysteries and delights of life on earth are illuminated in this richly eclectic collection of poetry, wisdom, prayers, and blessings from thinkers and writers around the world. Here you will find the poetry of Hildgard of Bingen and Gary Snyder; the poli ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 10th 1996 by HarperOne
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Marion
Apr 19, 2009 Marion rated it it was amazing
I found this little paperback book, "Life Prayers" at the local library sale and it jumped off the table into my eagerly awaiting hands. If you love anthologies which introduce you to new and old favorite authors, you'll love this book! I am too blessed, too fortunate, to have these amazing words which are beyond prayers, but are affirmations of life's longing for itself. The poem I have posted below (in itself worth the price of the entire book!) is from this book which boasts works from over 1 ...more
Michael
Feb 22, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
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This book will make you proud to be a human being, Larry Dossey, M.D.

It covers prayers for affirmations and invocations, Kinship with all Life, The dark night of our soul, Prayers for Solidarity and Justice, Womansparyaer, Iniantions: birth, coming of age, courtship, marriage, healing, midlife, growing older, and death; Grace, and Earth praises.

The book includes people from around the world affirming the unity of nature and spirit. Some of my favorite poets were here like Walt Whitman and Wendel
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Jane
Nov 05, 2009 Jane rated it liked it
I've read this through twice now. It's a book I will keep by my bed and leaf through like an old friend. I especially appreciated the prayers on nature.
R. C.
Feb 27, 2013 R. C. rated it it was amazing
I recently made myself a to-do list. Not of errands and chores. A to-do for my humanity, my way of being in the world. A reminder of what activities make my life the life of me. "Write," it says. "Look at stars." "Consult oracles." "Commit beautiful prayers to memory." Some other stuff.

That last, about the prayers, is the vestige of my Judaism. Any devout Jew has at the ready, in case of many different events, various specific, old, studied-over, fussed-over, polished-to-profundity prayers. Bei
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Green Heart Guidance
Mar 14, 2015 Green Heart Guidance rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Life Prayers from Around the World: 365 Prayers, Blessings, and Affirmations to Celebrate the Human Journey by Elizabeth Roberts. The collection is grouped by topic rather than daily prayers as one might expect from the “365” in the title. While it includes prayers and thoughts from many traditions, earth based spirituality is prevalent throughout. The collection has many thought-provoking poems as part of these prayers. Topics covered include all parts of the life cycle, mo ...more
Sue
Jul 12, 2015 Sue rated it liked it
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I very much like reading anthologies of prayers and poems because, not only does the reading often center my day, but it introduces me to writers and poets I might not otherwise encounter. (This is how I first encountered the poetry of both Rumi and Wendell Berry.) I would recommend this book to anyone else who similarly enjoys starting (or ending) their day with a bit of beautifully reflective thought.
Valerie
May 16, 2012 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Almost as wonderful a collection as the first, Earth Prayers.
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“It’s up to us to re-enchant this planet Earth We are the elves and giants we are the shining ones daughters of the Moon and sons of the Sun We are the shapeshifters we are the mysterious light shrouded in mists at the dawn of our time and it’s up to us to re-enchant this living planet Earth Up to us to midwife    at our own rebirth up to us to send our dead    along their ancient pathways to the future up to us to re-enchant this living planet Earth It’s up to us to break the spell that steals the colors    from the world and leaves it lifeless it was our spell we can break it It’s up to us the break the spell that steals the music from the Wind and Rain it is our spell we can break it We will dance the magic dance and our bodies will remember we will sing the magic songs and together we’ll remember how to live together how to love each other how to ride the eagle how to call the deer Home —Will Ashe Bacon” 0 likes
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