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Public Lives Private Prayers Paperback – January, 2001

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About the Author

Since 1987, Mary Reath has been the publisher and vice president of Collectors Reprints, Inc. a company that reproduces American classics. Recent projects include The First Edition Library, a 64-volume series of first-edition reprints of American fiction, and The Library of American Poets, a series of the first editions of American poetry.

A former elementary school teacher, Reath is the author of God of the Starlight, an anthology of prayers of many faiths for children. She also served as a visiting scholar at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her latest book, Public Lives, Private Prayers, grew out of an interest in the prayers of well-known people and how their spiritual reflections influence their life and work. "That association," Reath says, "allows one to enter into prayer in a way one wouldn't be able to do if you read the prayer cold. Knowing Desmond Tutu's history, for example, you can relate more intensely to the words he prays."

Reath and her husband, Henry, currently live in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Sorin Books (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893732266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893732261
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,941,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Public Lives, Private Prayers" works wonderfully on a number of levels. First, we are fascinated by the glimpses into the inner lives of these celebrities, people we feel we know so well at some level. It's amazing how differently you will see each person after you know his or her favorite prayer. Secondly, the totality of the book is a powerful statement on the central importance of the spiritual aspects of life. Not a trendy thought, but true nonetheless. And individually, many of the prayers are touching and wonderful.
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I have absolutely loved reading and rereading Reath's book. This is not a typical prayer book. Instead it is a book of inspiration that the reader can identify with. Those who shared prayers or thoughts are so varied in their public lives and that adds to the tenderness of the book. This is a book to cherish and share with others.
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I returned to this beautiful book of prayers during the days following the terrible attack on our country. I was able to feel close to the public people in Ms. Reath's book, to find in their prayers inspiration for my own prayer. Since many of the contributions are especially useful for times of distress and pain, this anthology was truly a Godsend. Of course this is not the only time many of us will want be pressed, will suffer, will feel alone, will need to come close to our God. This book, by presenting the prayers of others, of people many of whom bear large responsibilities, helps confirm that we are all in a community. A wonderful book to have, to pass on to others, to keep close by.
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I keep one copy of this book in my car and one by my bed so that I can get quick jolts of inspiration, comfort and connection. It has become essential equipment for life in these difficult times.
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