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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2008
Sister Wendy starts her thoughts on prayer with a quote from an old priest "Because as you know father, prayer is the simplest thing out" Well not for me it isn't! I have struggled for years. In Sister Wendy on Prayer I received more understanding of prayer than from the many books I have read. I wish someone had been able to show me or tell me about prayer the way Sister Wendy does when I first responded to God. This is a book for someone starting out in prayer and those like me who have become cold and confused. I found the the short sub-sections ideal for daily meditation. Sister Wendy's thoughts on prayer are the simplest things out, but their impact on me are breathtaking.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2010
This book was amazing. I must admit I was never really a fan of her art TV programmes, but this book was unbelievably simple in its approach. I loved her comment about prayer being the desire to be totally possessed by God, and that's it. Could she have made it any clearer ? I don't think so. I don't have to feel very prayerful, I may even be riddled with doubt, but as Ignatius would say and Sr. Wendy confirmed, if I have the desire or even the desire to have the desire, then that's already enough. Grace, and Prayer are God's business, our business is to offer our simple, poor selves to Him and trust that He will do the rest. I have never read anything so simple and so profound, and it has helped me enormously. Anyone who wants to pray should read this book.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2007
This is a wonderful book, not only for what Sister Wendy tells us about prayer, but also for what we learn about Sister Wendy herself through the far-too-brief biography which forms the first part of the book. Sister Wendy lives out the things she writes about, and we get a fascinating glimpse into the daily routine of this unusual hermit, who is also a television personality and respected art critic. The book is quite short, simply because Sister Wendy considers prayer to be such a simple act that there is very little to be said about it. To pray, she says, is to stand unprotected before God. And what will God do? He will take possession of us.

I urge everyone to read this book, to relish the reproductions of paintings scattered throughout, which Sister Wendy uses to illustrate what she wants to say, and above all, to use it as a basis for doing what she urges - standing unprotected before God.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2009
I first found this book in the local library but decided that I simply had to own a copy.
The book is beautifully produced on quality paper, the art work is a pleasure to see and Sister Wendy speaks directly to the reader in simple, commonsense terms.
I have found the book to be very helpful and it has led me on to other reading.
Although the language is simple, the subject matter is very deep and to strive towards a greater closeness to God is both frightening and rewarding.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2007
This is a wonderful book, not only for what Sister Wendy tells us about prayer, but also for what we learn about Sister Wendy herself through the far-too-brief biography which forms the first part of the book. Sister Wendy lives out the things she writes about, and we get a fascinating glimpse into the daily routine of this unusual hermit, who is also a television personality and respected art critic. The book is quite short, simply because Sister Wendy considers prayer to be such a simple act that there is very little to be said about it. To pray, she says, is to stand unprotected before God. And what will God do? He will take possession of us.

I urge everyone to read this book, to relish the reproductions of paintings scattered throughout, which Sister Wendy uses to illustrate what she wants to say, and above all, to use it as a basis for doing what she urges - standing unprotected before God.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This was my first experience of reading anything by or about Sister Wendy. I bought the book because I'd seen her art programmes on TV and enjoyed her quirky, warm, gentle wit which perfectly complimented her intelligence and insight. Sister Wendy's book has been a true revelation and helped me understand what it means to pray. What I enjoyed most was her ability to inspire without the need to preach and although her Catholic faith is central to her life Sister Wendy doesn't attempt to convert or to judge. I found myself moved to tears on more than one occasion by the woman's humility, which has been tempered over many year's into one of her greatest strengths, and her absolute faith in the continuation of life after death. Prior to this book I didn't look for God in art, unless the art was obviously religious, but now I do and I thank Sister Wendy for that gift. If you're "on the path" to a deeper meaning then don't be scared of Sister Wendy, some people are put off by the idea of nuns and monks, but don't be. You have everything to gain by reading this book because it's truly beautiful as is Sister Wendy herself. Thankyou Sister.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2010
Sister Wendy is able to write in a clear and open way.
She is easy to understand, explaining her thoughts in
a very lucid and simple way;I really enjoyed reading
this book.
I now want to look at some of her other books !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2011
As an 'intelligent educated person', I cannot agree with the rather off-beam description of this work as 'dishonest' which seems to spring from a rationalist myopia. However much you may disagree with her, there is no view in Sister Wendy's book that isn't sincerely held. The age of dogma is over, this is clearly as much a challenge for the non-religious as it is for the theologically orthodox. Sister Wendy has written a beautiful,clear and compassionate book which is an expression of love for God in which she presents her personal experiences and her views, none of which are presented as having a monopoly on the truth (far from it) and some of which may surprise people who think they already know what a Christian (and especially a Catholic nun) is likely to say in advance. I found her open mindedness and tolerance refreshing but this thankfully did not come with any near-atheism which seems to be what the one less positive reviewer was looking for. Perhaps the reviewer should consider Jung, whose status as one of the 20th century's intellectual giants, did not prevent him from giving mysticism and God a fair hearing. The topic is prayer and the message is simply don't just read about it,learn about it and theorise it - get out there and do it. There is much to please the God centred reader, whether or not Christian, and the use of art works as meditations on her topics is delightfully done. A book to cherish with an open mind but more importantly an open heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2013
Sister Wendy says some profound things in a simple way. Her point of view is, understandably, Roman Catholic; however, Sister Wendy is totally open-minded and considerate of other faiths (and none). A very inspiring woman and book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2013
I got this on my kindle and I read a bit every day.I am 60 and many of the things I have puzzled on over the years sister Wendy has at last explained.I am not catholic nor a regular church goer but I do believe in God and this book has
been a great comfort to read. God bless sister Wendy
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