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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Conciliar Press (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888212667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888212662
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10.9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although ostensibly a children’s book, The Monk Who Grew Prayer appeals to a wide variety of ages and literary tastes.. -- Essays and Notes, VOlume 10, No. 1

About the Author

A fine artist turned children's book writer and illustrator, Claire received a BFA in art and education from the University of New Mexico. Working in a variety of different art forms for over thirty years she has shown her work in galleries and museums and has received numerous awards. Author of Daniel and the Lion.

More About the Author

I enjoy writing children's books. I really love words. They are each so unique and have shades of meaning. It is an intriging puzzle to find the right ones that describe as nearly as possible the picture that is in my mind. What an amazing garden are our hearts from which feeling and understanding pour forth and which God inspires with Grace.

I have always been a painter and so I see things in pictures, like a movie in my mind. I used to just paint. One day I realized that pictures are not enough. They may say 1000 words, but I had to have more words. I would like to be able to say exactly what I am thinking, so pictures and words are a good combination. That doesn't mean I can, but I hope God will enlarge my attempts and so the meaning and the pictures are larger than my own language and make His pictures and meaning out of my small choices.

I live in Taos, NM with my husband. Our children are grown and are both working at interesting jobs, not too far away. We have two grandchildren.

Thank you for being interested in my books. They are a treasure for me to write and illustrate and it makes me happy to be able to share ideas with you.

Recently a small group has started Heavenly Ladder Books in Taos, NM. We have Holy Annunciation Chapel in one of the rooms there. Fr. John Bethancourt comes from Santa Fe once a month to serve a liturgy.

My illustrations are shown in the bookstore as well as many original art 'pages' from my books. If you want an autograph or just to talk about children's books and how you might go about writing one, come and visit.
I also have illustrations that hang in Old Pecos Gallery, Carlsbad, NM.

Visit my website at http://www.ClaireBrandenburg.com and my blog at http://clairebrandenburg.blogspot.com/.
Come and friend me at http://www.facebook.com/claire.brandenburg, and Holy Annunciation Chapel and Heavenly Ladder Books http://www.facebook.com/pages/Holy-Annunciation-Orthodox-Chapel-and-Heavenly-Ladder-Bookstore/215688511782634?fref=ts

Photo by Barbara Brenner

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All my kids enjoyed this book and the artwork is beautiful.
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Very beautifully illustrated.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C. Blankenstein on November 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is currently my 2 1/2 year old son's favorite book. It's a wonderful introduction to the daily cycle of prayers. Very beautifully illustrated. The story is very short and to the point (so that even the youngest child or the child with a short attention span can get through the book easily).
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James A. Coles Jr. on December 14, 2007
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Claire Brandenburg's, "The Monk Who Grew Prayer," is a simple and beautifully illustrated tale. It answers the question that is asked by the pilgrim in, The Way of a Pilgrim, "How does one pray without ceasing the way the apostle instructs us to?" This monk joins his daily life to the hours of prayer and the Jesus Prayer. My kids and I love (and plan on sharing) this book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Melissa A. K. Lewis on December 8, 2007
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A lovely children's story (good for adults as well) of how it is possible practically in everyday life to "pray without ceasing" as Christians are instructed to do. All my kids enjoyed this book and the artwork is beautiful.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Giesbrecht on September 9, 2010
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You'd think I'd have realized that a monk praying would involve specific prayers (like the prayers of Compline), but I just hadn't realized that it would be like that. There is a good little glossary at the back explaining the prayers.

The illustrations really suit the text and are attractive/different.

It shows well how to cultivate prayer in daily life, it also shows simple living.

It is NOT a general book about how prayer grows in a person's life, and had I realized how it was structured (just mentioning the prayers of matin or the 3rd hour, etc.) I likely wouldn't have bought it. It is a good book and well done for what it is, but just make sure you understand it is about a MONK and the specific prayers that go with his type of living.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Ballous on April 21, 2008
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Despite it's spare use of verbiage, thus its appropriateness for 2-year-olds, it has depth for a much older crowd. Adults can benefit from the peek into a contemplative life. Children of all ages can see how they can turn every menial task into a prayer. Soft colors in lovely illustrations and paced with a monastic cadence. Well worth several readings at this house.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Konstantino on January 10, 2011
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It teaches in a child friendly way the noetic practice of the Jesus prayer as practiced by eastern orthodox christians . Children will like this book a lot. Adults too! Good to own!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D2 on November 10, 2012
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This book has charming illustrations and a wonderful depiction of religious life for young children. I would recommend it to any church library, or home where you may have a family member in the religious vocation. The monk in the book is Eastern Orthodox, but the message transcends Christian denominations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Rose Augustine on October 17, 2009
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what an exquisite gem! Gorgeous illustrations... profound meaning... simple text. Our favorite liturgical book ever. My only lament is it's unavailability in hardcover (as of this review)...
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