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Talking to God: Personal Prayers for Times of Joy, Sadness, Struggle, and Celebration

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After the publication of her best-selling book To Begin Again, Naomi Levy received a flood of feedback from readers telling her how much the prayers in it had helped and moved them. Many urged her to publish a collection of her prayers—and now she has.

In a time when we all need inspiration, comfort, and connection, Talking to God will help us reclaim prayer as an integral
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 21st 2003 by Image (first published 2002)
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Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have an appreciation for everything I've read by Rabbi Levy. This book is for the experienced prayer and novice alike. A great reminder that there are no "right words" or no "magic formula" when speaking to God. The novice can use it to start a prayer life until their own words come. The experienced prayer will find it comforting when faced with a new situation that you can't put into words just yet. No time spent in prayer is wasted time. Take your time as you meander through this book. ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I keep this book readily at hand for inspiration for myself and those I care about, whether or not they are Jewish. The book contains prayers appropriate for almost any situation, prayers which infuse the situation with meaning and help to frame difficulty times as opportunities for growth.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must have night table book!
Katy Koivastik
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this compact, beautifully typeset volume. The lovely deep red olive leaf (?) borders presage this book about the power of simplicity, thanksgiving and gratitude.

Rabbi Levy has prayers for every conceivable eventuality of life and intersperses them with stories and anecdotes.

An example is the story "Birthday" about Rabbi Levy taking her children to the library week after week and seeing a wrinkled, grey-haired lady teaching a woman in her thirties to read. Finally she sees the younger wo
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Naomi Levy’s book Talking to God, which includes the “Prayer Before Surgery” which I have found so helpful with patients and have passed on to others. She writes of experiences of feeling unable to pray, and when that particular door does open. There are many more prayers here that I hope to use both personally and with patients in the future. She is able to articulate a childlike questioning of circumstances that I find evoke my own feelings and those of others with whom I have shared ...more
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Recently, my husband read the prayers to me (and to the Lord) that were dedicated to pregnancy, labor and children. They made us cry...and be filled with the joy of the Lord. It has been a wonderful blessing...especially when you don't know what or how to pray, this book seems to be filled with words that are in my heart. ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This books contains many healing words and ideas. Levy's outlook on faith and her relationship with the divine is both realistic and thoughtful. I would recommend this book for spiritual comfort over other books I have read on the topic. ...more
Susie Webster-toleno
Very helpful in a hospice chaplaincy context. Lots of people who are facing death or loss want to pray (even if they see themselves as not religious) but feel they don't know how. Sharing prayers from this book frees them to see prayer as conversation rather than arcane formula. ...more
Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for words of comfort joy and healing
there's always a moment when the moment is overwhelming. I find inspiration and comfort when Naomi Levy has the words that comfort me. I know i'm never alone. Always on my nightstand ...more
Jennifer Cassell
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Filled with suggested prayers for many different occasions, I feel that Ms. Levy's first book, To Begin Again, was more real and more helpful. ...more
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Open my eyes, God. Help me to perceive what I have ignored, to uncover what I have forgotten, to find what I have been searching for. Remind me that I don't have to journey far to discover something new, for miracles surround me, blessings and holiness abound. And You are near.
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