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Praying with Our Hands: 21 Practices of Embodied Prayer from the World's Spiritual Traditions

Praying with Our Hands: 21 Practices of Embodied Prayer from the World's Spiritual Traditions [Kindle Edition]

Jon M. Sweeney , Mother Tessa Bielecki , Jennifer J. Wilson , Taitetsu Unno

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Here are twenty-one simple ways of using our hands to speak to God, presented in word and image. These spiritual practices are from a broad range of religious traditions—from Anglican to Sufi, from Buddhist to Shaker.They teach us to experience the unique spiritual enrichment that can be found when we pray with our hands.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1206 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing (12 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and moving: spirituality for anyone 28 Oct 2000
By Susan Theodoric - Published on
This unusual book caught my eye; I wasn't looking for anything about prayer. But it isn't your usual book about prayer, either. This is embodied prayer, prayer as our way of living. Pictured in beautiful black and whites and described in evocative prose, I feel like I can do prayer this way.
I found it very moving--and motivating--to look anew at my spiritual life.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting introduction - repeat introduction 6 July 2001
By M. J. Smith - Published on
This is a book I was prepared to love based upon a newspaper review. Having read the book I have a far more ambivalent opinion - the concept for the book is excellent, the photography is excellent, the research for quotations is excellent - but the book is filled with over-simplifications. For example, it refers to the "Boddhisatva" ideal in Buddhism as if were basic - in fact, the southern school of Buddhism does not share this as an ideal. It refers to the practice of clearing the mind and non-attachment as if this separated mind from body and nature, whereas many of the traditions see these practices as making one more aware of the physical world as it is i.e. minus the distorting factor of mind. It refers to the washing of feet as "little known", an editorial comment that would puzzle most Catholics and other "high church" Christians. It speaks of gifts of the spirit (charisms) as if they belong to an exclusively Pentecostal strain of Christianity.
While the book occasionally notes its oversimplification, I am not comfortable with balance it achieves. It is, however, an excellent way to introduce the concept of physicality in prayer. It's photos and text firmly place physical prayer into the mainstream of religious practice and firmly negate any "new age" or "new fangled" charges leveled against it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Deserves More Than Five Stars 12 Dec 2000
By Alan L. McGinnis - Published on
If allowed more stars I'd give this a 10. I've written several books and wish that I could have thought up one that was as good as this on spirituality in general and prayer in particular. Believers and seekers of all traditions should find "Praying with Our Hands" inspiring. Sensitive photographs and lavish layout--a bargain gift book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review 23 Mar 2012
By Tori Hu - Published on
This book was extremely interesting not only because of the concepts and the 21 ways that it demonstrated to us how to pray, but also the captivating photographs. The photographs are great additions to the book as they are very inspiring and uplifting. What I loved about this book were the ways that they should us to look at prayer in a new way. Before reading this book, the only way I knew the speak to God and express his presence was by praying, but this book showed me otherwise. I thought that is was very especially touching as it allowed me to really pause to think about the ways I express the presence of God in my life and the way I view my spiritual life. Since I wouldn't consider myself to have a very enriching spiritual life, after reading this book, it has inspired me to really think about it and search for spiritual insight. I would love to have a go at some of these such as "table grace" and "the cosmic mudra" which is basically meditation as I find it very relaxing and a good way for me to take a break from reality. I found that this book really showed me the importance of prayer in people of all faith traditions' lives. The 21 ways of using our hands to speak to God has enlightened me and I found is exceptionally interesting that this book was able to present to us the different ways and incorporate the amazing photography that really complement the words.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help to me 21 Nov 2000
By JanetTurner - Published on
I was recently given this book by a friend. It was just what I needed to help me look at prayer in a new way. I was taught to pray by my grandmother many many years ago--but this is something entirely different. She would have liked it too!
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