An African Prayer Book  -     By: Desmond Tutu
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An African Prayer Book

Random House, Inc / 2006 / Paperback

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu guides readers on an extraordinary spiritual journey in this collection of prayers reflecting the rich soul of Africa.

One of the greatest leaders of our time, Desmond Tutu is beloved and admired throughout the world. His strength, grace, and optimism in the face of the atrocities of apartheid in South Africa and his tireless work as chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission symbolize the abiding power of his Christian faith. Archbishop Tutu shares the source of his strength in An African Prayer Book, a profoundly moving and inspiring exploration of the spiritual riches in the vast and varied continent of Africa.

From thunderous multi-invocation litanies to quiet meditations, An African Prayer Book beautifully conveys the many ways of speaking to God. It brings together meditations and invocations Tutu has used over the years, the prayers of Monica, Augustine, Clement of Alexandria, Cyprian of Carthage, other great mothers and fathers of the Church, and an unusual selection of prayers from the African diasporas of North America and the Caribbean.

With an original introduction and commentary throughout that resounds with the Archbishop's characteristic energy and hopefulness, An African Prayer Book is a one-of-a-kind guide to devotion. Addressing universal themes and timeless concerns, particularly the need to confront despair and suffering, it will appeal to people of all faiths.

Desmond Tutu, the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, retired as Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1996 and was later named as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Nelson Mandela. He lives in South Africa and lectures throughout the world.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.0 (inches)
ISBN: 0385516495
ISBN-13: 9780385516495
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Prayer, our conversation with God, needs no set formulas or flowery phrases. It often needs no words at all. But for most believers, the words of others can be a wonderful aid to devotion, especially when these words come from faithful fellow pilgrims.

An African Prayer Book is just such an aid, for in this collection all the spiritual riches of the vast and varied continent of Africa are bravely set forth. Here we overhear the simple prayer of the penniless Bushman, the words of some of the greatest Church fathers (Augustine and Athanasius), petitioning and jubilant voices from South Africa’s struggle for freedom, and even prayers from the Africa diasporas of North America and the Caribbean. Here are Jesus’s own encounters with Africa, which provided him refuge at the beginning of his life (from the murderous King Herod) and aid at its end (in the person of Simon of Cyrene, who helped Jesus carry his cross). From thunderous multi-invocation litanies to quiet meditations, here are prayers every heart can speak with strength and confidence.

Author Bio

DESMOND TUTU, the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, retired as Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1996 and was later named as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Nelson Mandela. He lives in South Africa and lectures throughout the world.

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