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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608442918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608442911
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,450,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am looking forward to his next project.
Milton Marcus
Mr. Wright invites probing questions that I believe are vital to getting theist of all kind to take a critical look at what they believe.
Phillip A. Jones
This book will make you think and ask the questions that you always wanted to ask.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sikivu F Hutchinson on March 18, 2011
Donald Wright has written an insightful, reflective analysis of his very personal journey to freethought "liberation." Wright layers personal testimony about his conflicts with the church he devoted several years of his life to with an honest assessment of the pitfalls of religious dogma. He skillfully chronicles the inherent dangers of the cult of charismatic masculinity that predominates in many black churches. In so doing, he provides a window onto the often painful reckoning emergent non-believers must come to in order to abandon the folly of blind faith. Read Wright's book for a unique glimpse into the inner workings of a "questing" (to use Zora Neale Hurston's term) intellect.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kelly B. Walker on January 24, 2010
Having known the author for many years, I had no doubt that any book he penned would be thought-provoking and frank..."The Only Prayer" doesn't disappoint.

Mr. Wright packs a plethora of information and opinion into the book's 82 pages, covering everything from his own spiritual journey to the (mis)education of Christians and the relationship between African-Americans and religion.

Some people will likely be disturbed by Mr. Wright's words...once again, having known the author as long as I have, I know his intent is to encourage the reader to seek the truth, and not simply to be provocative.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Milton Marcus on March 9, 2011
The Only Prayer I'll Ever Pray is a succinct look into the detrimental effects of religion and religious fallacy. Written from the perspective of a former Baptist deacon, it renders a very compelling call-especially for Blacks-to develop critical thinking skills and embrace rational thinking relative to our allegiance to Christianity, as well as religion in general. The author chronicles his very interesting and enlightening metamorphosis from an unquestioning dedicated deacon to a man of sobering reason. Being the first of its kind that I'd encountered, I was unable to put it down. This book inspired a desire for intellectual growth and is A MUST READ! It helped to bring about a renewed appreciation for the often unsung value of rationality. Many thanks to the author! I am looking forward to his next project.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 14, 2012
I am so very proud and inspired by this book written by Donald Wright! I too emancipated myself from Christianity/ordained ministry and went on a journey of self-discovery. That journey, like Donald's, led me to let go of the need to connect with religion, God, or any philosophy that takes me away from myself and the abilities that I have, that we all have, to live reasonably and responsibly. This book, "The Only Prayer I'll Ever Pray: Let My People Go," is a quality book written by a quality person. In it, the author chronicles how he let go and gained clarity about what it means to live a quality life inspired by reason and critical reflection - which seem to be lacking these days, especially among many so-called Christians. This author's journey, inspired in part by his reading of Thomas Paine's "The Age of Reason," is open, honest, and a challenge to church-goers struggling with personal questions of ethics and purpose. In addition, this book is the embodiment of what it means to "assume total responsibility for [one's] welfare," the first of five characteristics of a quality person written by Paine so long ago. In these 82 pages, Wright has demonstrated that being a quality person is still a very noble and worthy task. I definitely recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Darknite on February 1, 2012
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I just finished reading "The Only Prayer I'll Ever Pray: Let My People Go. A most compelling insight into the experience of a devoted church going African American Man and his journey to truth! Once I picked up the book, it's hypnotic affect of this strong visualizing Journey, I couldn't put it down until I finished reading it cover to cover (Forward, Acknowledgments, Preface, Body and Bibliography). As an African American Male Nonbeliever, this work acknowledges that my Brain is functioning correctly when I use it to think critically about an invisible god in the sky. Let My People Go, details the plight of Blacks in American and the grip that the Black Church has on the minds and bodies of those who have fallen for the Banana in the tailpipe! Time and time again I ask Christians and Muslims why they believe, and the common answer is, it was the way I was brought up. Well I don't believe in Santa Claus anymore, and why, because it's illogical. Many African Americans just go with the flow, therefore I recommend that this book be passed on to a believer and once confronted with reality the final decision will be compelling. Great job Donald, my on the fence friends will be truly challenged after reading your book. I look forward to your next project.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Texas Freethinker on October 22, 2011
For any freethinker or someone coming to realize that their religion (mainly Christian) isn't what they thought it was, this book is a must read! I love how it gracefully points out some of the fallacies and contradictions of "God's Word" (Bible) leaving the truth seeker craving MORE TRUTH (light). I found myself reading this book before bed and waking up the next morning to continue. Seriously, this is a must read! I'm about to order more copies of this book to give to friends and family (I want to hold on to my copy so that I may refer to later).
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