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.
This book brings such serenity. In a masterful gesture, Stephanie Dowrick has collected prayers from these days back to earliest centuries.All the prayers, including some by the author herself, are arranged in a mosaic pattern that leads us towards the oneness we all long for.I urge you to open this book and read one or two prayers whenever you feel the need to see your shrink... or are seeking instant peace. Hanan al-Shaykh, author of "The Locust and the Bird"
What a great gift Stephanie Dowrick has given us. Each person who picks up"Heavenon Earth"will discovermany wonderful choices that shehasbrought together in one easy-to-use bookfor connecting with the One and withyour own inner strength during the ups and downs of dailylife. In addition, she supports and encourages each of our unique and different ways of going to that healinginner space of holinessthat is beyond words.Her openness andnon-judgmentalnessareextra benefits of this bookand very timely. Leonard Felder, PhD, author of "Here I Am: Using Jewish Spiritual Wisdom to Become More Present, Centered, and Available for Life"
Just as prayer moves us, this book moves me. By showing us how to find the presence of God, Dowrick restores our confidence in humanity. This is a profound and immensely helpful contribution, at a time when we need it the most not one wasted page. Jeff Golliher, Episcopal priest and author of"A Deeper Faith"and"Moving Through Fear"
Stephanie Dowrick has written and compiled a wonderful interfaith resource and companion for anyone seeking to deepen their inner life. "Heaven on Earth" is a feast for the spirit. Rev. Diane Berke, founder and spiritual director, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary
This collection, in which the reader not only will find selections from various traditions but also from some of the world s great literature, is an invaluable resource. But it is more than that. Stephanie Dowrick s sensitivity as a teacher and writer provides the reader with a unique collection that reminds us that we find divinity most profoundly in "relationship." In speaking the words of these prayers the reader will not only find solace, but also meaningful relationship with a world that is both subjective and sacred. "Heaven on Earth" is not so much a book for us to merely read and put on the shelf as it is one to carry with us in hand and heart on our journeys. Theodore Richards, author of "Cosmosophia" and "Creatively Maladjusted: The Wisdom Education Movement Manifesto"
Truthfully, Stephanie, all your prayers are divine. They speak to me as if I had made them up. They speak the words that are from my soul too. You have a great gift to write about the universality of being human and enable us who read your work to feel, in some very meaningful way, You wrote this just for me. Sharon Snir, psychotherapist and author of "The Little Book of Everyday Miracles"
Wrap yourself in beautiful words and spiritual connection in times of fear, grief or simply reflection. These writings will transport you back to your core and wipe the slate clean. If you want the gift of prayer, give yourself the gift of this book. Laura Berman Fortgang, author of "The Little Book on Meaning"
Stephanie Dowrick offers us her wise insight into the transformative qualities of prayer, as well as an interfaith anthology that will become a precious resource to so many. Available to all, prayer can be great equalizing force for good, an instrument of personal and societal healing, a repair of what has been broken. Including her own prayers with those of many spiritual traditions, this book is an act of love by a writer devoted to the sacred. Joyce Kornblatt, meditation and writing teacher and author of "The Reason for Wings"
Whether or not you are in the habit of praying, whether or not you believe in a traditional God, this mosaic of prayers gathered from around the world will delight and inspire. Susan Katz Miller, author of "Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family"
Stephanie Dowrick gives prayer back to the reader like a precious gift that was somehow forgotten or mislaid. I carry a different feeling about prayer around with me since reading these beautiful pages. Prayer helps set my compass towards the highest. A generous and joyful book. Dr. Juliet Batten, author of "A Cup of Sunlight"and "Spirited Ageing"
This is a beautifulselectionofprayersfrom many different faiths: a fabulous read, a real feast! Whatever stage you are at in your prayer life, you will discoverhow instinctive prayer is and how prayingcan bring out your true self in times of darkness and joy. Rosalind Bradley, author of "A World of Prayer"
Gently leading us into a deeply-felt experience of prayer, you can tell instantly that prayer is not something Stephanie Dowrick does it is central to who she is. Prayer moves us, she says, and I also found myself equally moved by her heartfelt book on prayer. August Gold, co-author of "Multiply Your Blessings "and" The Prayer Chest"
Stephanie Dowrick is emphatic that the Divine is accessible to all and not a dogmatic prerogative of the few. Her emphasis on contemplative thinking rather than formulated or ordinary thinking is the key to using this book as a springboard into personal prayer experience. Stephanie s own prayers reveal how she embraces and feels embraced by God. Whilst contemplating her prayers one feels that Divine Hug. Her prayers give us the confidence and the compass on how to open our own hearts in trust and friendship to the Sacred. Anthony Strano, BK meditation teacher, author of "Seeking Silence"
Since I was a teenager, Stephanie Dowrick s work has been absolutely central to my understanding of curiosity, spirit, faith and the possibility of happiness.Her words speak about faith and longing and hope in ways that people like me can be heartened by. The wisdom in her pages has comforted me in dark times and brought me insights that I fear I may otherwise have missed.With deep intelligence and enormous heart, Stephanie has written and interpreted these prayers, creatinga well-loved companion for anyone seeking beauty, comfort and insight. Clare Bowditch, musician
Stephanie Dowrick sees prayer as the constant tuning of heart and mind to the bounty of Kabir s single kind of love that is directly recognized in all streams of contemplative practice, however differently they may name it. Her volume of prompts towards that open state is bounty in its own right. Dr. Susan Murphy, Zen roshi and author of "Minding the Earth, Mending the World"
These stunning prayers and poems embody the Timeless, the Traditional, and the Beyond.Stephanie Dowrick emerges as a mystical poet with a radiance of her own in the company of those whose words she has chosen. Dr. Marj Britt, vice president of the Academic Governance Council, board of Unity Institute and Seminary
In this marvellous collection, Dr. Stephanie Dowrick offers what so many of us desire: an authentic invitation into the mystery of prayer. 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? Dr. Mark S. Burrows, professor of theology and spirituality and author of a new translation of Rainer Maria Rilke s "Prayers of a Young Poet""show more