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Sister Wendy on Prayer Paperback – September 13, 2007

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"'While the idea is simple it is by no means simplistic. Her point is that people with little time for prayer can nevertheless be prayerful, and for people who live busy lives, that is very reassuring to hear.' Elena Curti, The Tablet 'a beautifully produced book, laid out in a way that makes the content accessible to readers who might otherwise be daunted by the subject.' Revd Peter McGeary, Church Times"

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Sister Wendy became a nun at the age of 16, went on to live for nearly 20 years as a hermit, and then was exposed to the world in a successful television career as the 'art nun'. She is the author of over 20 books with art as the main theme. She continues to live a largely cloistered life, devoted to prayer.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. (September 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826483895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826483898
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Patricia Fitzgerald on February 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sister Wendy on Prayer
Sister Wendy goes as deep on the subject of prayer as you are prepared to go. This is not a simple little book. It is a masterfully written guide that is meant to help...and it does. I'm sure as I travel on my own spiritual journey I will reread this book and discover things that I never tapped into the first or second or third time around. I gave this book as gifts this Christmas and it was my biggest hit! Sister Wendy is a gem.
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I recommend Sister Wendy's book to all who seek an insightful experience and vision on prayer. We all pray diferently and could use some guidence. This book is a gentle nudge in the right direction. It is a keeper and a great gift.
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Sister Wendy Beckett may have given her "last bow" to public television viewers in her 2001 series, American Collection. Yet the reclusive, Oxford-educated nun continues her one-of-a-kind art ministry in writing. The latest evidence is found in her little book, "Sister Wendy on Prayer."
Her viewers know that Sister Wendy is so focused on art in her television appearances that she rarely "goes religious." Perhaps that is why I was drawn to her 2006 book when it recently showed up among new releases at our local library. As an occasional viewer, I knew the sister to be serious about art, but how serious is she about prayer?
Serious enough to bring them both into union, as in this lovely passage: "Yes, art does matter to prayer. I have only to see a Cezanne, for example, perhaps one of his great landscapes, or a majestic still life, a landscape in its own right, and I am overwhelmed with joy. This is a profound and transforming joy, a call to enter into something beyond what is seen. ... There are no words for this, but I know that I have been lifted out of my smallness into something immeasurably great, something that, however vaguely, seems `holy.'"
And that, fellow pilgrims, suggests one of scripture's most awesome scenes - the prophet Isaiah at prayer, and his vision of seraphs proclaiming, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory."
Sister Wendy would be the last one to promise an array of seraphim in response to our prayers. And yet her valuable little book takes the reader in that very direction - into the halls of the holy, which is, after all, a location well outside of ourselves.
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Celebrities are born under many guises, but the reason for their birth is our own need. Paris Hilton must satisfy some need in a large group of people or she simply wouldn’t keep making the headlines. Princess Diana appealed to all who love fairy tales, gossip, and lives that end badly.
Seventeen years ago, few would have predicted that a bespectacled nun with buck teeth teaching art and art history would become a celebrity, but that is precisely what Sister Wendy Beckett became. Beginning in 1991, she became a presence on television, first in Great Britain and then in the United States. She wrote several popular books on meditation and art, and her The Story of Painting became a best-seller for several seasons.
Probably Sister Wendy owed much of her fame to her vocation as a contemplative nun. Had she presented her lectures on art as a university professor drably dressed, speaking with the same lisp and appearing in serious need of an orthodontist, she would likely have remained in classroom teacher of undergraduates. The combination of nun and art historian, however, worked a sort of magic on audiences, and for a time Sister Wendy was a celebrity.
Unlike a certain type of celebrity, however, the sort who exist as a sort of walking magnet for the dreams of their fans, Sister Wendy appealed in part to her viewers on account of the goodness which they sensed in her. Behind her lectures on Donatello, Van Gogh, and Picasso they sensed her good will, a yearning for holiness, for God. Sometimes the little nun with the lisp shared these thoughts directly, as in her interview with Bill Moyers or in her books about faith, Sister Wendy’s Nativity, for example, or the Child’s Book of Prayer in Art.
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Sister Wendy's thoughts on prayer appear simple, but within each sentence there is enormous wisdom. No doubt the great God who loves us all would not make prayer so difficult that only the very brilliant could have access to Him through it. Sister Wendy shows us that He is true to His word - we have only to seek, ask, knock. There are no formulas or methods that supercede the love of the Father for His children or that can keep the seeking heart from Him.

The book is a gem and a blessing. Yes, there are other books on prayer. Read them all. But as Sister Wendy warns us, do not mistake reading about prayer for actually praying.
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I loved every word of Sr. Wendy's practical advice on prayer. If you are trying to learn to pray the silent, centering prayer, Sr Wendy is your friend. her love for God,and for me, shines through her tender prose. She is direct and plain spoken, not flowery at all. Practical advice salts every page. We are reminded that we must forgive those who owe us, yet this can be tough, so just keep offering "blanket forgiveness" to our offenders and let the intrusive thoughts go their way. Again, when we meet our icky selves in prayer, just turn it over to the One whose job it is to guide us; it is God's work. I only wish more of her writing were in Kindle format, since I haven't read a hard copy book in a long time.
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