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Jewish prayer isn't just for Jews anymore, says psychologist Leonard Felder in Seven Prayers That Can Change Your Life: How to Use Jewish Spiritual Wisdom to Enhance Your Health, Relationships, and Daily Effectiveness. Felder draws on classic Jewish prayers to help Jews and non-Jews who are struggling with their relationships or have too much stress in their lives. The concept of not needing to reinvent the prayer wheel is a good one, though some readers will question Felder's Hebrew-to-English translations (for melekh ha-olam, for example, he eschews the traditional "Ruler of the Universe" in favor of the more antiseptic "Pulsing Source of all that exists in the world").

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Each chapter in SEVEN PRAYERS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE focuses on a specific prayer that is extremely helpful for resolving a particular issue. The chapters are:

1 A Prayer to Help You Start Each Morning with a Much Better Frame of Mind

2 A Prayer to Help You Refocus When You're Feeling Stressed or Distracted

3 A Prayer to Resolve the Tensions and Misunderstandings Between You and Someone Else

4 A Prayer So You Can Unwind and Find Peace at Least Three Times a Day

5 A Prayer to Help Heal the Body and the Soul of You or Someone You Love

6 A Prayer for Breaking Free from a Habit that Hurts You or Others

7 A Prayer to Help You End the Day with Deeper Insights and Serenity

Appendix A: Recent Research Findings About Prayer

Appendix B: Additional Information on Using Prayer for Physical Healing

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of the bestseller KITCHEN TABLE WISDOM, says, "This book is a night light for anyone, Jewish or not, who has ever struggled in the dark to become the person they hope to be. I support Dr. Felder's approach for helping us find strength and wholeness."

SEVEN PRAYERS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE is intended for readers from all levels of spiritual involvement and affiliation. To see how you might benefit from reading and applying some or all of the chapters in this book, consider which of the following descriptions sound like you or someone you know:

1) Have you recited certain prayers for years and often wondered what they really mean, where they come from, or how they actually work?

2) Have you found some prayers confusing, uncomfortable, or upsetting because you disagree with what they seem to be saying?

3) Is there a problem in your life right now that you would like to pray about, but you're not sure what words to use or how to be most effective?

4) Do you long for a deeper connection with your spiritual side or with God, but you haven't been able to find sufficient time or the right words to open up as fully as you'd like?

5) Are you looking for ways to use prayer to become a better person or to assist in the healing or recovery of yourself or someone you care about?

6) Do you have a rich inner life but want to go even deeper into the realms of prayer or meditation?

7) Are you a parent, grandparent, teaching or concerned person who wants to make sure the next generation receives a more inspiring introduction to prayer and spirituality than you did?

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; First Edition edition (August 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740718959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740718953
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By T. Bernstein on August 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Very easy to read and practical. I was surprised at how these prayers actually help with daily issues such as distractibility, stress reduction, and family conflicts. There is a great prayer to substitute for the cruder expressions that come to mind in certain traffic situations! I wish I'd had the book when I was younger, and will probably give it as an add-on to bar and bat mitzvah gifts. Felder's approach is so non-dogmatic and respectful of each individual's different approach to God that even my adolescent daughter has been "caught" reading it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Delia LaForte on March 23, 2002
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When I picked up this book, I expected not to like it. It was, after all, exploring tradional Jewish prayers, so I expected it to be patriarchal and devoid of spirit. Instead, I have found a way to say these old prayers with new understanding.
Each chapter offers an everyday situation, and a traditional prayer to help one find the holiness in that moment. The reader is encouraged to think deeply about the words of the prayer, to question, to wrestle with it, to learn the roots of the words and think about all the different possible meanings.
Felder discusses the wisdom of the prayers, of the rabbis, in terms of our psychological needs, and much of his argument is convincing. Each chapter ends with the opportunity to pray in your own words, from the heart, so that each prayer is new.
Through reading this book, the Shema has opened up to me as an opportunity to affirm both the boundlessness and the indwellingness of G-d, rather than being an affirmation of G-d's maleness (Lord of the Universe.) That is what I hope for in any book - that it will nourish my mind and spirit.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marisa James on May 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I liked this book because it was an unthreatening and insightful introduction to prayer. No one ever talks much about prayer, at least not the daily kind of prayer one might do in the morning, before meals, and at night. This book explains how to do it from a Jewish perspective, and makes a strong case for the benefits of prayer to a person's life. Since reading this book, I've tried to say a prayer before eating - it's great because it slows down my eating and adds some holiness to my day. If you're looking for a way to focus some of that nervous energy we all generate to something larger and wiser than yourself, this book will help you start.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Rosen on February 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Larry Felder is a wise and gentle soul. With all the books out there addressing the public's desire to either return to their roots or to connect with some sense of large spirituality, few can match Felder's ability to give concrete steps for each of our hectic lives. I especially enjoyed the anecdotes about how incorporating prayer into daily life motions impacted his clients', his family's, and his own life. A true must-read for those interested in sharpening the focus of their lives and facing life with greater compassion.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fred W. Hood on May 26, 2006
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When I first came across this Gem of a book by Rabbi Felder, I first thought, "How can I begin to change my Life at age 76?

Then I carefuly chose from the Chapter headings Chap Two ..."A Prayer to Help You Refocus When You're Stressed or Distracted" and Chapter Four, "A Prayer So You Can Unwind and Find Peace at Least Three Times a Day."

"Barookh Ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha-olam" or "Blessed are You, Eternal One, Energy Source of the Universe." Both chapters began with versions of this ancient Rabbinical Prayer!

Since I was in the process of auditing Prof Walter Brueggemann's Theology Class in The OLD TESTAMENT, I heard him began every Lecture with a written personal prayer. Seldom did he ever use Hebrew, other than, "YAHWEH, Creator Of The Universe." It became his ritual for opening each class with prayers related to his chosen O.T. scripture passage.

Since I've always felt that deeper need to be able to using the valued Hebrew Texts for my private prayers, I am enjoying an opportunity more often, I am fondly in touch with the Rabbi's texts. Reviewed by Retired Chaplain, Fred W Hood, "Barbara377" (Fayetteville Ga United States)
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