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I liked Thich Nhat Hanh’s premise: After meeting with some Catholic nuns, two Buddhist nuns told him that it seemed like Christianity was easier than Buddhism because you just pray and put your faith in God whereas with Buddhism, you have to do everything yourself. So he wanted to examine prayer in a way that would help both Buddhists and those from prayer-using faiths. It was intellectually interesting to read how he reconciled prayer with Buddhism’s central tenet of seeking proof that an idea works. He concludes that prayer is merely the initial step with which to inspire action in the real world. If you’ve read much Thich Nhat Hanh, you can probably skip this one unless you’re a practicing Christian. There are good appendices with Buddhist practices that can be used like prayers — they’re available in other books, though. Also, beware of the fallacious introduction by Larry Dossey that erroneously claims scientific studies have proven that prayer can heal. No double-blind prayer study has ever done so. Grade: B+
Ballerini is the absolute best narrator of Thich Nhat Hanh books. I’ve listened to him read other Buddhist titles and he's good, but he simply inhabits Thich Nhat Hanh's spirit in a way that's compelling all by itself. He's like Ralph Cosham's readings of Louise Penny.
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Forget anything you have read on prayer. Unlike other books on the subject this looks at why and what prayer is. This also includes a unique step to charge your prayer practice. It really shows unities of every path. It might be short, but it is one of those rare pearls which you might move onto your device permanently. This is freeing because unlike other books on the topic it is not about converting it is a tool.