Sister Wendy on Prayer
Sister Wendy, who has been dedicated to a life of prayer for more than half a century, has always resisted writing a book on the subject. Her reasons mix humility with a conviction that prayer is simple: books about prayer...
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Sister Wendy, who has been dedicated to a life of prayer for more than half a century, has always resisted writing a book on the subject. Her reasons mix humility with a conviction that prayer is simple: books about prayer can be a dangerous distraction. Yet, when she does speak about prayer, often in response to the questions of ordinary people, she does so with an eloquence that never fails to illuminate something of the richness and wonder that is prayer, and that speaks directly to her hearers in ways that make practical sense. Now, in her older age, Sister Wendy is willing to set down some of what she has learnt over a lifetime, combining it with the personal story she has also been reluctant to talk about - how she came to be a nun in an enclosed order, living in isolation in a caravan, and at the same time one of the art world's most acute and revered commentators and a TV personality. This material, to save her blushes, is written by her co-author, David Willcock. Illustrating this unique book are a dozen pieces of artwork: no book by Sister Wendy would be complete without this dimension.
"Sister Wendy Beckett's commentaries on art have been featured in popular television programmes and in some twenty books. Behind this public persona, Sister Wendy's daily life is very different. Here, for the first time, is the story of her life, by David Willcock, alongside her personal reflections on prayer, the very focus of her existence." "This book has something to say to the person with even the most fleeting sense of God as well as to those whose spirituality is more profound. In short meditations, it addresses ordinary questions with refreshingly uncomplicated and sometimes unconventional wisdom. It demonstrates Sister Wendy's choice to be a hermit but shows how this is only one way of living a life attuned to God. Prayer, says Sister Wendy, is deceptively simple. It is God's business first and foremost." "A dozen beautiful reproductions of paintings, with Sister Wendy's commentary, are woven into the text, completing this unique portrait of a life dedicated to God and lived abundantly."--BOOK JACKET.
- Provisional Contents:; Section 1 'the Practice Of Prayer': Prayer And Humanity; Your Unique Prayer; Simple Prayer; Practical Prayer; Prayer In Life; Silence; Prayer Will Never Get In The Way; Prayer And Wholeness; The Our Father; Levels Of Prayer; Perseverence; Providence; The Name Of Jesus; Does Prayer 'work'?; Suffering; Tiepolo's 'st Agatha'; Prayer Requests; Section 2 'prayer And Belief': Do You Need Religion?; The Sacrament; The Scriptures; The Crucifixion - El Greco; Don't Talk, Do; 'god'; Art And Prayer; Icon Of Mother And Child Belief And Understanding; Why Aren't Christians Better People?; We Know That The World Is Not Right; Admirable Atheists; Choice Not Feelings; Doubts; No Reward For Prayer. Section 3 'prayer And Personality': Confucius And Prayer; The Fulness Of Life; Humility; Being Human; Prayer And Sin; Selfdeception; Helplessness; Guilt; Reconciliation; Forgivenenss; Deadly Sins; Virtue; Passion; Faith; Hope; Peace; Peace Ii; Penance; Holiness.