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Talking to God: Personal Prayers for Times of Joy, Sadness, Struggle, and Celebration [Kindle Edition]

Naomi Levy
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Book Description

After the publication of her best-selling book To Begin Again, Naomi Levy received a flood of feedback from readers telling her how much the prayers in it had helped and moved them. Many urged her to publish a collection of her prayers—and now she has.

In a time when we all need inspiration, comfort, and connection, Talking to God will help us reclaim prayer as an integral part of our lives, making it as natural and uninhibited as talking to our loved ones. Prayer is essential to the lives of millions, but many of us are searching for ways to supplement traditional prayers with ones that are less formal and more intimate.

Written in a simple and direct style, the prayers in this book—and the wonderful stories that accompany them—are for people of all faiths, and for all occasions large and small. Naomi Levy’s personal prayers address the anxieties and roadblocks we all face in contemporary life. There are prayers for facing a new day, realizing one’s potential at work, celebrating an anniversary or birthday, and going to sleep at night. And there are prayers for the more profound occurrences in life—love and marriage, pregnancy and childbirth, illness, loss, and death.

Rabbi Levy’s words, imbued with grace and empathy, touch on the entire range of human experience. Many of us will recognize ourselves in her prayers and stories and will be comforted by them, as well as challenged and uplifted. Perhaps most important, they are stepping-stones for us to go on and create our own prayers, to find meaning in our own lives, and to begin or renew our own relationships with God.


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Levy, one of the first female Conservative rabbis in the United States, offers perceptive prayers, personal stories, and some powerful thoughts on the efficacy of prayer in this heartfelt book. Remarkably, it is more directed toward blessing others than praying for oneself: in a particularly moving section, Levy encourages people to place their hands on their children's and parents' heads and pronounce blessings upon them. Although Levy draws primarily from Jewish traditions, these prayers will be welcomed by people of many faiths; in particular, those who are grieving will cherish Levy's lucid understanding of the depth of pain. This is not a simplistic, sound-bite prayer book, but a carefully considered manual for inviting God into every possible situation. (Aug. 25)
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Review

"Those of us who have been deeply moved by Naomi Levy's book, To Begin Again, will welcome her new book, Talking to God . The beautiful, simple, and direct prayers she offers here will enrich the spiritual practices of persons of all faith traditions."
-Joseph C. Hough, Jr., President, Union Theological Seminary

"Talking to God is a beautiful and heartfelt collection of prayers. It's filled with wisdom, compassion and plenty of insight. I loved every page and will refer to it often."
-Richard Carlson, author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and It's All Small Stuff

"The author challenges us to partner with God by doing all we can to answer our own prayers... Talking to God involves a lecture to self, then a prayer beyond self to One who calls you out of self."
-Rev. Cecil L. Murray, Senior Minister, First A.M.E. Church

"I hope that all the people who feel detached from God because they cannot pray will read Naomi Levy's book and learn to re-connect."
-Rabbi Harold S. Kushner


From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (December 18, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XUDI5Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prose Prayers with Purpose, a must read September 11, 2002
Format:Hardcover
The author of the best selling, tear jerking, hope-filled, "TO BEGIN AGAIN," offers us this collection of personal prayers for people of all faiths, for all occasions. True prayers lead to action. Some find that traditional prayers are unfulfilling or worse, alienating. This book provides simple, direct and intimate prose, as if you are chatting with a loved one, God. Many of the prayers are preceded by a poignant story from Rabbi Levy's life in the rabbinate.
In Part 1, there are Daily Prayers for Morning, Driving, Difficult Days, Food on Our Table, Seeking the Ability to Pray, Finding Mentors in the least likely places, Nighttime, and a Prayer for the Parent to say to a Child at Night. You think you had bad days, consider her story prior to one prayer for Bad Days, when she recounts that the day she moved homes, she had a car accident, had to bid farewell to a dying congregant, and found the tallis given to her by her dean being used as a drop cloth by painters.
Part 2 contains prayers for love and marriage, including prayers for finding love, sexuality, rekindling passion, breakups, marriage, troubles, anniversaries, guidance after unfaithfulness, healing from divorce, preparing for the wedding ceremony, and the second marriage. The prayer for fighting sexual temptation is preceded by a hilarious story about how the rabbi's phone number became confused with that of an internet prostitute. You'll have to read the book to learn about how the problem was resolved. In Part 3, there are prayers for Pregnancy and Childbirth, including prayers for Conception, Pregnancy and Strength, and Birth. In Part 4, there are prayers for parenthood and adoption, and a story about how the rabbi learns to face the challenges of parenting a special needs child.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find a Personal Prayer for Your Specific Need September 27, 2002
Format:Hardcover
I just purchased "Talking to God" recently, and immediately I found prayers that moved me and that I could share with friends for their specific needs. For example as we approached September 11th I wanted to find a prayer for my neighbor who had lost her brother in the Towers. I shared with her the prayer on loss through tragedy. Her comment was that the author of this prayer had obviously gone through a tragedy herself. This neighbor stated that she keeps reading the prayer and finds comfort from it. On another occasion I read the prayer which is for the parents of special needs children to my close friend who is the parent of a special needs child, and we both cried. She immediately wanted a copy of the prayer and the book. Before my family Rosh HaShannah dinner I read the prayer for the New Year to my guests, and everyone wanted a copy of the book. I know that this book will be a continual resource for me, my family, and my friends.
There is a light that shines from the prayers and the annecdotal material. This book models the possibility of prayer as a personal conversation with God. Every household needs a copy of
"Talking to God" by Naomi Levy
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical grace. November 7, 2002
Format:Hardcover
Rabbi Levy's new book sparkles in the sea of self-help and spiritual books out there in the big wide world. She has the talent and the inclination to do bring spirituality to us in practical ways, helping us to heal the painful split between spiritual belief and "real life."
Might as well order 5 copies for starters because you are going to want to give this one away. Naomi Levi is the voice of practical grace, and I can't think of a better gift than that.
- Thom Rutledge, Author of Embracing Fear (HarperSanFrancisco)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A woman who speaks from her heart July 13, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Rabbi Naomi Levy encourages the expression of personal prayers to God. This book is filled with her own prayer offerings on general subjects like birth, marriage, sexuality, divorce as well as specific subjects like "A Prayer for rekindling passion" and "A prayer during labor." The most fascinating parts of this book for me were Rabbi Levy's anecdotes--stories about her congregants faith issues and her own family life. Rabbi Levy talks about her own faltering faith in God when her father was murdered and when her daughter was diagnosed with disabilities. She writes with a deep sense of openness and compassion.
Rabbi Levy encourages us to write personal prayers that not only ask for help but also thank God. This practice furthers appreciation for the gifts in our life and in the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book. August 20, 2003
By MK79
Format:Hardcover
I am a Chaplain at a Children's Hospital, and I have found this book to be an extremely useful resource for working with parents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Book November 13, 2002
Format:Hardcover
Very inspiring. The topics chosen by Rabbi Levy and the prayers she has composed resonate deeply. I use this book as a constant reference. The prayers are simple and personal. They are useful by themselves but are also wonderful guides to help us find our own voices, spirit and direction to draft our own prayers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for the Author of "Talking to God" September 18, 2002
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I read Naomi levy's first book "To Begin Again" and found it spiritually very comforting and uplifting. When I heard she had just completed her second book "Talking to God" I could not wait to see what next she had in store for us. Again she shows such a remarkable ability to reach out to all of us in her beautifully written prayers and her touching and revealing stories.
Her prayers are so unusual in that they deal with the personal everyday contingencies that life presents. What parent hasn't experienced some trepidation when a child leaves the household for the first time or goes off to college. Who hasn't agonized when taking on a new position or job.
Levy provides us with simple but meaningful prayers to help us deal with just such moments. I can't praise her book enough for all that it offers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very helpful and insightful
Published 24 days ago by karen Kaplan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 1 month ago by Janet Roseblatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and Supportive
During our darkest moments, and even our most joyous, we at times find ourselves at a loss for words. The prayers found within this body of work reflect compassion and care. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chantel N. Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book
I've heard one of the poems read at a funeral. It's a very good book, for trying and happy times.
Published 12 months ago by Judy L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
This book gives one a basis for understanding our lives and our personal relationship with God.
A must read to understanding your role in the universe
Published 14 months ago by Duke Ritter
1.0 out of 5 stars UNETHICAL
I read the book and enjoyed it, so I thought I'd google the author to find more books and learn more about her.
What I found was eye-opening and upsetting.... Read more
Published 15 months ago by arturogiovani
5.0 out of 5 stars I use this book every day
What ever is going on in my life there is the perfect prayer.
I feel great peace when I read her prayers
Published 21 months ago by Ethel Rosen
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book of prayers
When you need a prayer and you cannot find the words, this book is a great inspiration. I love it.
Published on November 5, 2012 by Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars Talking to God
I find this book very handy at those times when I am struggling and need to pray but can't seem to find the words. I cherish this book and keep with my Bible wherever I go. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by Karri Shcolnik
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book of Prayers
What an amazing book! It could be called "There's a Prayer for That!"

Rabbi Levy drills down into each topic, coming with specific prayers for shades of experiences. Read more
Published on December 28, 2010 by David Morgenstern
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More About the Author

NAOMI LEVY, author of the national bestseller To Begin Again and Talking to God, is the founder and leader of NASHUVA, the Jewish spiritual outreach movement. Named one of the 50 top rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine, she was in the first class of women to enter the Conservative rabbinical seminary. Naomi has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show and NPR. She lives in Venice, California, with her husband, Rob Eshman, and their children, Adi and Noa.

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