Heaven on Earth: Timeless Prayers of Wisdom & Love
Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Award represents “Better Books for a Better World”—the Gold Award (Best Book of the Year) in the category of Religion/Spirituality: Other Traditions & Practices.
In times of great happiness as well as sorrow, our human family has always turned to the sense of community, connection and ritual that prayer can offer. In times of personal need, confusion, desolation, gratitude, we often reach for words to make sense of our yearnings.
Even those of us who are unsure about prayer. Or who we are praying “to”. Here is a book of prayers and commentary that offers you the most inclusive and comforting of prayers, while also guiding you on how to pray. Whatever your experiences of prayer have been, however much doubt you have about prayer’s efficacy, you will find a new depth of inspiration and support in these pages. From the most ancient heartfelt prayers treasured in the world’s faith traditions, to those newly written by Stephanie Dowrick herself, Heaven on Earth meets us where we are. Then takes us to a more spacious, trusting sense of what’s to come.
“With deep intelligence and enormous heart, Stephanie Dowrick has written and interpreted these prayers, creating a well-loved companion for anyone seeking beauty, comfort and insight.” Clare Bowditch, musician and author of Your Own Kind of Girl
“This is a book to cherish. But more than this, it is one to use as a pathway into greater awareness, deeper connection, and a more profound sense of gratitude for the gift of life. What could be more welcome in times like these, when a trustworthy guide to the spiritual life like this one is so urgently needed?” Mark. S. Burrows, author of (Rainer Maria Rilke) Prayers of a Young Poet (USA)
“Stephanie Dowrick emerges as a mystical poet with a radiance of her own in the company of those whose words she has chosen.” Dr Maj Britt, Vice President of the Academic Governance Council Board of Unity Institute and Seminary (USA)
Published by Allen & Unwin, Sydney; PenguinRandomHouse, New York. Print edition and e-book available.