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The Prayer Chest: A Tale about the Power of Faith, Community, and Love Paperback – October 3, 2011
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Catherine Ponder, author of The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity
The Prayer Chest is a wonderful and enlightening book. It tells an inspiring story whose deep secret is that we all need a simple place, a quiet place, a place of miracles, a hiding place where we can write the truth of our hearts and leave it for those we love. We each need our own Prayer Chest, and in times of joy, in times of fear, it will be there to guide us and to help us receive the truth. What a gift is this wonderful book!”
Judy Collins, singer, songwriter, and writer
Filled with compassion and warmth, this moving story is about overcoming obstacles, finding strength in prayer and never losing hope. This is a powerful and unique parable suited for people of all faiths.”
I absolutely love The Prayer Chest. Not only is it a good story, it also offers enormously helpful and practical guidance for living a joy-filled and meaningful life.”
Christiane Northrup, MD, author of The Wisdom of Menopause and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
The Prayer Chest blends profundity with simplicity. It teaches spiritual law through a deeply human story. Part romance and part parable, it is itself an answered prayer.”
Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way
Read this book with an open mind and an open heart and prepare yourself for some truly remarkable results!”
Marc Allen, author of The Millionaire Course
Destined to become a modern-day classic, this beautifully written and timeless tale is filled with spiritual wisdom that will change your life. If you have been searching for a treasure chest of your own, seek no further. It’s in your hands.”
Rev. Dr. David Bruner, senior minister, San Jose Center for Spiritual Living
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Last night I closed the covers of the book I was reading, The Prayer Chest, long after I should have been asleep-knowing that I would create time to finish reading it today. And that is what I did after a flurry of morning activity found a lull. I removed myself from all media and communication devices and sat uninterrupted to rejoin the characters I put on hold in their lives last night. To devote Monday morning time to finishing this book, should give you an idea of how invested I was in its story... and how I was hungry to learn the secrets to prayer that it was teaching me.
The Prayer Chest was that lovely of a story.
When I turned the last page I wanted to begin the story again because The Prayer Chest is not just a novel, it is a parable and a guide-and like your family passes precious traditions and heirlooms down through generations, this book felt that special. Short enough to be enjoyed a singular day at the beach, but long enough to imprint new and pivotal truths on your heart.
I found myself wondering, " Why isn't this book a movie yet?" and "Who do I need to talk to in order to get this made into a movie?" (Calling Harpo today!)
Those pivotal truths for me included:
Clarity on why some prayers are answered and others appear not to be
How to pray effectively-with an open heart and no conditions as to how the prayer is answered
How fear can block the fulfillment of our prayers, stifling our actions--a crucial element in prayers.
How adversity is bliss, opportunity and pure potential in disguise
This I can tell you... This book will be my new go-to gift for those I care about. If you are a seeker, a philosopher, spiritual sort or a person driven by purpose, contribution or your divine itches, this book is your next must-read. Not only will it have you checking stores to pick out what will become your very own prayer-chest, but it will give you the tools to pray remarkable changes into your life. And now I am off to contact a certain New World Library publicist to reel in August Gold and Joel Fotinos to be a guest on The Soul Salon!
All the best!
Rena M. Reese
Founder, Soul Salon International
The plot of The Prayer Chest centers around a young man and his small children, as they discover an amazing secret and some deceptively easy steps involved in having prayers answered. The secrets are revealed in the text of an old journal, written by one of the man's ancestors.... and as each important step of prayer is revealed with a sense of breathless wonder and reverence, the story demonstrates by example why and how some prayers are answered, while others are not.
A reader's guide in the last chapter of "The Prayer Chest" describes how every prayer is always answered... either with the answer to the prayer, or what stands in the way of the prayer being answered. Recognizing how to deal with these responses is extremely important for everyone, so "The Prayer Chest" is highly recommend to everyone on any kind of spiritual path, and an inspirational gift for someone who 'has everything.'
It's a charming, feel-good despite suffering story despite its failure to portray a variety of developed characters. The message of the prayer chest is part ordinary Christian theology, part whimsey, part pop psychology, and a touch of superstition. A hard-headed reader would probably ask: If the chest carried such an important message about life, why hide it behind a wall in the attic? or If prayer is primarily a process of learning trust and patience for good to work out, are we just trusting Fate or Life or a person--Christ or God? If this is supposed to be a parable or allegory, it seems a little vague.