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Powerful Prayers: Conversations on Faith, Hope, and the Human Spirit With Today's Most Provocative People Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, October, 1998

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When Larry King, an agnostic, decided he was going to "scope out this prayer thing," he did it as only Larry King can: by talking. And talking and talking. King starts by relating conversations with Rabbi Irwin Katsof--the rookie chatting up the seasoned pro--and then moves on to discussions of prayer with the myriad celebrities and religious figures he interviews. Since everything is in King's voice, we have to assume he's quoting all these people accurately. Of course, this is Larry King, the only guy on earth who can mention the Dalai Lama and Florence Henderson in practically the same breath and give their opinions equal significance. And although he pitches prayer with the same enthusiasm he uses to hawk garlic tablets in radio commercials, by tape's end this is an educational experience, comparing and contrasting the role of prayer in various belief systems and among disparate individuals. (Running time: three hours, two cassettes) --Lou Schuler

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Not many would ever label King a religious person, and having him write a work on prayer may seem incongruous. However, after some prompting from his daughter, he asked a rabbi to teach him about prayer. What we have in this collection is King's journey from being a skeptic to being maybe not so much of one?it's "a pragmatist's view of prayer." Bringing in observations and experiences of many of his guests, King (with Marty Appel, When You're from Brooklyn, Everything Else Is Tokyo, Audio Reviews, LJ 11/1/92) treats us to a view of the spiritual from many different religions as well as from people from all walks of life. This recording certainly displays him at his best: witty, engaging, always able to keep the listener's attention. Recommended for the religion section of all public libraries.?Michael T. Fein, Catawba Valley Community Coll., Hickory, NC
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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Audio Renaissance (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559274808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559274807
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,558,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Unlike most "religious" category books, this book lacks the preachy quality that causes most readers to not absorb the text. This book insightfully breaks down barriers between different religious beliefs and simply brings forth the universal belief in a higher power. The people that Larry King and Rabbi Katsof chose to interview are made more personable and are made more tangible through their everyday prayers, which are similar to ours, and their quest to be closer to God. This book would make a fabulous holiday gift that is sure to please a recipient of any religious background.
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By A Customer on November 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Powerful Prayers is a Must Read Reading Powerful Prayers provides you amazingly simple examples of commuincating with God through personal everyday prayer. It opens the door to an otherwise complex arena of thought. The discussion between Larry King and Rabbi Katsof is sensitive and thought provoking. The interviews add incredible depth to the discussion. They also legitimize informal prayer, and the many different ways people have found to communicate with their respective spiritual beings. I recommend this book to everyone who is open to exlporing their individual communication with God. It is a must read. It has changed my entire understanding or paradigm in regards to my relationship with God outside of a house of worship.
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Larry King is interesting. You may find this book interesting if you Know Larry King and know how he presents his views and the views of other dignitaries. If you love prayer and it's results you will definitely enjoy this book. Arnie Smith
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Mr. King delved into the foundation of Spirituality and Religion and made simple an otherwise complex and controversial issue. The book focuses on the individual and his or her communication with God, while setting aside religious beliefs. I would like to recommend to friends who are too formal about prayers and to those who maybe agnostic such as Larry King in his book.
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I was surprised at the light-hearted tone of this book, in which Larry King has conversations about God, religion, and prayer with people from various walks of life, including preachers, artists, leaders, rabbis, doctors, athletes, politicians, authors, military and rich people, and others.

There is a really sense of living in a stream of prayer and gratitude, and of not asking selfishly just for what you want for yourself, but rather thinking of the greater picture, for the good of all.

This book is a quick and easy read, and I read it as eagerly as an engaging novel. It also stays with you much more clearly than an overly intellectual and/or religious one.

My only objection is the constant referring to god as a male, even by those who do not believe that god is a man up in heaven, but rather a great energy, source, and power.

As I understand it, "god" was originally a gender-neutral word, which makes more sense in the context of a lot of the discussions in this book and to my own mind.
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I was looking for something inspirational to read, and pulled this book off of my shelf one day. I think my husband got it as a gift. I thought it would be boring, but started reading anyway. Boy, was I wrong!! It is honestly fascinating, from beginning to end. I loved the exchanges between the Rabbi and Larry, they are funny, moving, and very thought provoking. And the stories from all the individuals Larry interviews are very moving and inspirational. One example was Senator McCain talking about his years as a POW, after his plane took a nose dive. You will read stories about prayer from famous people that you would have NEVER thought were spiritual/religious. I can't say enough good things about this book. I loved it so much I marked it up with a highlighter pen, and wrote notes in it as well. You will never regret reading this book.
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I found Powerful Prayers to be a blend of spirituality and humour with just the right touch of sarcasm.The book tracks the road King,an agnostic, takes on his road to finding and, coming to terms with his own spirituality by using the vehicle of prayer. And his spiritual guide, Rabbi Katsof. Along the road King stops and asks celebrities,artists,writers,athletes,politicians and world leaders to share their views on spirituality as well as the use of prayer in their lives.The way King gathers information and runs back to duke it out with Katsof is highly amusing. All in all, the book is a great read for cynical beginners on the road to discovering the spiritual side to themselves,for people who have "inquiring minds" about the lives and thoughts of celebrities,and of course the already there,religious spiritualists just wanting to take in more information along with a good laugh. So go read it.It won't make your head spin,but, you will definitely walk away with something to think about.
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I actually love this book, I own a copy and have given copies to friends before. When I ordered this one, the listing stated that the
book was NEW, but when I received it, it was obviously not new. There were phrases highlighted in yellow, there post it notes. I received a used book that I ordered for a Christmas gift. very disappoiinted.
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