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Talitha Cumi: The Secrets of the Prayer Shawl Hardcover – November 21, 2007

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About the Author

Bishop John Francis is the founder and senior pastor of Ruach Ministries (Brixton, South London), one of the largest and fastest growing churches in the UK, with over five thousand in weekly attendance. He was a recipient of the British Gospel Association’s (BGA) Awards for Contribution to Gospel Music and Gospel TV Series of the Year (as co-presenter of the UK’s Gospel TV program, People Get Ready!).

 

Bishop Francis is the author of Is There a Word from the Lord?, What Do You Do When You’re Left Alone?, 10 Steps to Get out of Debt, and The Pastors & Church Workers Handbook. He has released four CDs, entitled Finally, Bishop John Francis; One Lord, One Faith; Manifestation of the Promise; and his latest CD, Welcome in This Place. Bishop Francis is married to co-pastor Penny, who has worked alongside him throughout his ministry. They have three lovely daughters, Juanita, Teleisa, and Charisa.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Creation House (November 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599792656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599792651
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Richard R. Blake VINE VOICE on November 29, 2008
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John Francis opens his book "Talit ha Cumi" with the story of one man's disobedience as an introduction to the historical and scriptural origins of the Jewish prayer shawl, the tallit. The garment itself is not what makes the tallit special. The significance is the tzitzit, the fringes on the four corners which are to remind us of God's commandments.

The tallit is described as a religious symbol, a garment, a shroud, a canopy, a cloak. In Jewish tradition it becomes a cloak which envelopes the both physically and spiritually in prayer and celebration. When used in prayer it signifies being wrapped in the Word. The tallit is used in all Jewish life events from circumcision to burial. I found the traditional use of the tallit in Middle Eastern wedding ceremonies of particular interest.

The chapters showing the tallit as symbolic as a mantle, as a little tent, and with wings gave me deeper insights and a new appreciation for many Old and New Testament passages. Detailed instructions for the proper use of the tallit are talked about including suggest scriptures for meditation.

Francis maintains that wearing the tallit today can be relevant. When our heart motives are right we can obtain the full spiritual benefit of this ancient tradition. The shawl provides a private space to isolate you from the outside environment allowing you to focus. Symbolically it strengthens your commitment to prayer.

Christian's today can use the tallit as a reminder of God's commandments, of His constant love for His people, His promises, His protection, and of His healing power.
John Francis introduces profound ancient truths in his book "Talit ha Cumi" to help contemporary Christians practice a life of holiness and experience a deeper more rewarding prayer life.
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This book was a quick, simple read about the Jewish prayer shawl. I enjoyed it, but was a little disappointed by the limited depth of the information provided. I missed the detail in the book's description that it only had 68 pages. Since it costs over $9, I would have expected more, but it's my fault for missing the book's length.

It read more like a series of teachings from sermons or church classes than I expected. Still, it had some very useful information. As a previous reviewer mentioned, understanding that people referred to the prayer shawl as "wings" or a "tent" did help me better understand some of the imagery from Old Testament passages. So, I still recommend the book, but caution you to be aware of how short it is.
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This is a very short book, but it is filled with good information. Please note that most of the information contained in the book is readily available on various websites. The advantage, at least to me, is the book collects the information into a single source.

Each chapter contains footnotes listing the sources.

The author provides an interesting insight concerning Mark 5: 25-43 and the tallit.
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this is a good book to have if you are sensitive on praying with the prayer shawl. taking it seriously is the first stage to good prayer. Get ready to discover it's truths and the journey to wearing the "Tallit" or prayer shawl.
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GREAT BOOK IN MY STUDEY OF THE JEWISH FAITH.THIS BOOK HELPED MORE WAYS THEN ONE IN LEARING ABOUT MY OWN PRAYER SHAW.THE BOOK ALSO GAVE ME THE OPENING PRAY FOR USING THIS GREAT ITEM OF PRAYER.
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Excellent! We used this book as a Bible School study. In reading and studying it we learned much about the Talitha. We brought one back from Israel for our Pastor. Outstanding results, in Jesus' name, amen.
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I you don't know anything about the Talit, this will bring you to a good understanding. Easy to read! kj
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By the writing and how well it is organized and documented. I learned so many new things about the Tallit. I am a Christian, pursuing my fait anew because the traditional western church is missing something. That something is the law or Torah. Yeshua was a full Jew and he said to follow me and I am plan on doing just that by keeping the Torah (light) and attempting to please God. I know that I will fail in keeping the law but putting the 10 commandments up against my heart and heart attitude has really opened my eyes. Anyway, I was working on a wedding for the bride and groom and this book was so helpful that I was able to put together my talk from it. My tallit came today from Amazon so that was a blessing! shofarsfromafar.org has a great bunch of tallits!
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