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Number of Pages: 244
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.55 (inches)|
"Special Intentions reminds us of the importance of not simply praying for what we need, but for what others need. Jesus taught us to ask God for our daily bread, but he also asked us to love one another. Commending our friends and families (and co-workers, neighbors, acquaintances and even those who bother us) to the care of God is a key aspect of that love, and an important element of the Christian tradition.
"Claire Coleman's sensitive new work will help readers to more fully enter into this rich stream of the spiritual life."
--James Martin S.J, author of My Life with the Saints
"If you've ever offered up a simple 'God help him' at the sight of someone less fortunate, then this book will resonate with your innate sense that prayers have power. Claire Coleman offers a graceful, easy way to benefit others with her beautifully written portraits of those in need. Take her advice, say a prayer for a stranger and make the world a better place."
--Patricia Sheridan, Assistant Editor/Features, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"While Special Intentions is a beautiful meditative book for the person alone in prayer before God, it likely also will be will be an inspiration for those in prayer groups, and friends who come together to talk about their life's journeys."
--Dianne M. Traflet, J.D., S.T.D., Associate Dean, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University
"Prayer is a personal experience, but sometimes we need a little reminder. Claire Coleman's Special Intentions is the perfect book to keep close at hand and close to the heart to reference, to inspire, and to share with others."
--Amelia Grey, author of twenty-three books
" The] listings of special intentions are so global and yet personal, so ordinary and yet profound."
--Sr. Joan Noreen, OLME, co-founder and director of Our Lady's Missionaries of the Eucharist
Host, Eucharistic Journey, Eternal World Television, (EWT) Network
"Ms. Coleman reminds us that every one of us is, for very different reasons, in need of prayers.... Her ability to lead us to pray for someone we suddenly notice, think about, and then care about--someone who we don't even know -- is truly a gift.
--Dr. Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, president, Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Lovely and Unique Book of PrayersNovember 25, 2012IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4How many times have you told someone "I'll pray for you", and then only remembered once or twice? Have you ever felt there is so much need in our world that it is impossible to pray for all of them, and even only praying for a few can still feel like a laundry list of prayer.
Special Intentions provides an interesting alternative: say one prayer, every day, for someone other than yourself, from the almost two hundred intercessory prayers in this book. The prayers are not formal and liturgical, rather they are freeform, almost like poems. And it's not the kind of book you sit down and read cover-to-cover. It's more about reading, meditating on and praying one or two prayers a day, either in order, or by theme, or randomly.
The prayers are collated in themes: Love One Another, Carry the Burdens, No Greater Love, With Thanks, For Perseverance, Prayers and Intercessions, Give Each Other Strength, For Unfailing Faith, Imprisoned, The Suffering, and You Are In My Prayers. There are prayers for the homeless, the single mother, the volunteer, the foster parent, the person who knits hats, gloves and scarves for the needy.
I think this is what I like most: the prayers aren't just for â€˜the world', which is too big a concept. They can be for an individual, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger. They can be for someone who is a Christian or who isn't. But what is most special is that most are for unsung heroes, the people who make our cities and towns into communities. Special Intentions would make a lovely Christmas or birthday gift, for yourself or someone else. Recommended.
Thanks to Claire Coleman and MM Book Publicity for providing a free book for review.