Michael Leunig is one of Australia's best-kept secrets. His books convey a depth of understanding of what is real that is without peer. This book, 'A Common Prayer', and the other one in the same series - 'The Prayer Tree' - are compilations of 'cartoons' (they are not really cartoons - they are far too brilliant) and small prayers that were published in the Melbourne age newspaper. I have loved them ever since they were first published and I have sent copies of them to all my very favourite people. If you buy nothing else ever in your life - buy this book ... and anything else you can find that Michael Leunig has done. He is a genius.
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I have been on the look out to replace my long lost copy of this little book of poetry to expand the heart and nurture the soul - re-reading it now after many years it has a freshness that does n't fade.The kind of writing that reminds me to take a slow breath, smile, then get on with the challenges at hand.