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The Monk Who Grew Prayer Paperback – December 1, 2003
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Although ostensibly a childrens 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.
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The beautiful illustrations (and text) are by Claire Brandenburg. One illustration has a bear very close to a woodpile by the working monk. I think this has to do with how human beings before the Fall were in harmony even with the animals and had nothing to fear from them. Is this illustration pointing out that prayer, Grace, leads us back towards our Original Innocence? (Still, unless you are certain you are as holy as Saint Francis of Assisi or St. Martin de Porres, don't try to handle a poisonous snake.)
A 2003 "Word of Introduction" from Mother Raphael, Abbess of Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery in New York tells us: "We are all called to pray, which simply means to acknowledge the presence of God 'who is everywhere and fills all things.' We are called to converse with Him ... We ask Him to save us, so that He may, through us, save those we love, together with the world around us. Prayer is the only way we can learn to love truly and to live life fully. Prayer is the doorway to heaven, our true home."
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.