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Powerful Prayers: Conversations on Faith, Hope, and the Human Spirit With Today's Most Provocative People Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, October 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Audio Renaissance (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559274808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559274807
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,105,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Larry King, an agnostic, decided he was going to "scope out this prayer thing," he did it as only Larry King can: by talking. And talking and talking. King starts by relating conversations with Rabbi Irwin Katsof--the rookie chatting up the seasoned pro--and then moves on to discussions of prayer with the myriad celebrities and religious figures he interviews. Since everything is in King's voice, we have to assume he's quoting all these people accurately. Of course, this is Larry King, the only guy on earth who can mention the Dalai Lama and Florence Henderson in practically the same breath and give their opinions equal significance. And although he pitches prayer with the same enthusiasm he uses to hawk garlic tablets in radio commercials, by tape's end this is an educational experience, comparing and contrasting the role of prayer in various belief systems and among disparate individuals. (Running time: three hours, two cassettes) --Lou Schuler

From Library Journal

Not many would ever label King a religious person, and having him write a work on prayer may seem incongruous. However, after some prompting from his daughter, he asked a rabbi to teach him about prayer. What we have in this collection is King's journey from being a skeptic to being maybe not so much of one?it's "a pragmatist's view of prayer." Bringing in observations and experiences of many of his guests, King (with Marty Appel, When You're from Brooklyn, Everything Else Is Tokyo, Audio Reviews, LJ 11/1/92) treats us to a view of the spiritual from many different religions as well as from people from all walks of life. This recording certainly displays him at his best: witty, engaging, always able to keep the listener's attention. Recommended for the religion section of all public libraries.?Michael T. Fein, Catawba Valley Community Coll., Hickory, NC
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Unlike most "religious" category books, this book lacks the preachy quality that causes most readers to not absorb the text. This book insightfully breaks down barriers between different religious beliefs and simply brings forth the universal belief in a higher power. The people that Larry King and Rabbi Katsof chose to interview are made more personable and are made more tangible through their everyday prayers, which are similar to ours, and their quest to be closer to God. This book would make a fabulous holiday gift that is sure to please a recipient of any religious background.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Powerful Prayers is a Must Read Reading Powerful Prayers provides you amazingly simple examples of commuincating with God through personal everyday prayer. It opens the door to an otherwise complex arena of thought. The discussion between Larry King and Rabbi Katsof is sensitive and thought provoking. The interviews add incredible depth to the discussion. They also legitimize informal prayer, and the many different ways people have found to communicate with their respective spiritual beings. I recommend this book to everyone who is open to exlporing their individual communication with God. It is a must read. It has changed my entire understanding or paradigm in regards to my relationship with God outside of a house of worship.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jess Lorenzo on September 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
Mr. King delved into the foundation of Spirituality and Religion and made simple an otherwise complex and controversial issue. The book focuses on the individual and his or her communication with God, while setting aside religious beliefs. I would like to recommend to friends who are too formal about prayers and to those who maybe agnostic such as Larry King in his book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1998
Format: Audio Cassette
I found Powerful Prayers to be a blend of spirituality and humour with just the right touch of sarcasm.The book tracks the road King,an agnostic, takes on his road to finding and, coming to terms with his own spirituality by using the vehicle of prayer. And his spiritual guide, Rabbi Katsof. Along the road King stops and asks celebrities,artists,writers,athletes,politicians and world leaders to share their views on spirituality as well as the use of prayer in their lives.The way King gathers information and runs back to duke it out with Katsof is highly amusing. All in all, the book is a great read for cynical beginners on the road to discovering the spiritual side to themselves,for people who have "inquiring minds" about the lives and thoughts of celebrities,and of course the already there,religious spiritualists just wanting to take in more information along with a good laugh. So go read it.It won't make your head spin,but, you will definitely walk away with something to think about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Maine on February 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is going on eight years old as I write this review, but I suppose it will always seem timely. Larry has quite a knack for just telling it like it is. As an admitted agnostic he has no agenda in passing along this delightful collection of tales and interviews with those who [mostly] have belief in God. And mind you, this is not a book on religion. True to its title, the book relates prayers - moments - that have moved others to prayer. In some instances it is the circumstance which catches your attention, and other times it is the prayer itself that provides the power. And Larry's personal asides are even more delightful.

All in all I was always interested in reading on to the next page, person, or prayer. This is an "un-fussy" book and a wonderful read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
are prevalent through every chapter of this wonderful and entertaining book. I can almost feel God laughing out loud and smiling with satisfaction that it is a proven fact: "everyone does it" --- pray, that is. Larry King has again managed to ask the questions (as well as get the answers) that are deeply personal and enriching. We all come out the better for it. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish! I can't wait for him to continue the dialogue. I definitely want more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I was greatly moved by reading this discussion between Larry King and Rabbi Katsof. It will help the novice prayer or the advanced grow in their relationship with G-d. It is fast paced ,funny,easy going. Hard to put down. It lifted me up and made me decide to become more real in my interactions with G-d. I highly reccomend it for anyone who wants to become closer to the Almighty.
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By A Customer on October 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
There is not much one can say about this book except fantastic. As a skeptic about many things, but always willing to understand how others view things, this book did not have to convince me of much. The easy reading and insightful content made me get through the book fairly quick. I highly recommend it to those who are interested and for those that are doubtful.. The one thing that will come out of this reading experience is that there are not many things you will be doubtful of, if you pray just a little....GREAT BOOK!
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