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The Prayer: A Christmas Classic For Everyday Of The Year by [Myers, Stephan J]
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  • File Size: 5684 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hershey Reese & Myers Ltd.; 1 edition (November 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GL6G0HE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The Prayer by Stephen J. Myers is a fascinating if unusual work. On the surface The Prayer a simple if sad poem about a street urchin racked with the bitter cold and dying of starvation. It is beautifully written, with words carefully chosen for their sound value, chosen, too, to enhance the pathos of the theme but yet they are words that are direct and straightforward without literary pretence. The pictures, I imagine, would be visually more impressive and thought-provoking in the paperback version but even on my black and white kindle they add immeasurably to the story’s ambience.

The rhyme, too, and the rhythm, are cleverly constructed to allow the reader to read at pace while never losing hold of his attention or his empathy. Indeed, the Prayer takes only a short time to read but it lingers long afterwards in the heart.

To say I loved this short book may be inappropriate given is theme and the manner in which it brings to mind the terrible suffering and destitution of so many homeless children in our cities. But it is definitely gripping, a tightly controlled, hard hitting parable. It is social commentary that is aimed at the heart. In fact, it is not far in theme and tone from ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.

Myers hits his target precisely. The reader is left thinking not only of the unfortunate child in the story but is forced to ask himself, ‘What of the next homeless, starving child? Or the next? Who will help them? Or will they too require some form of miraculous intervention?’

Myers urges us to look inward, to see the self-satisfied person on the other side of the window. Do we remain oblivious to the plight of these poor unfortunates or do we take some form of action? Read this wonderful little story and see how you feel afterwards.
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Along the lines of The Little Matchgirl (Hand Christian Andersen) and The Star Money (Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm), The Prayer is a heart-grabbing reminder of what sadly hides beyond the glittery opulence displayed during the holiday season: children with their noses pressed against the bright windows of other people's wealth and happiness, victims of inadequate or non-existent nurturing, deprived of the most basic necessities as well as the emotional warmth of a family. Myers' vibrant illustrations will capture your heart; his voice will pulsate with mesmerizing cadence. A memorable and emotional Christmas tale, admirably rendered by Stephan J. Myers' visual lyricism and poetic sensitivity. Full review available on Mina's Bookshelf
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These verses were first written in 2009 and recently published in Great Britain in kindle format. The author makes one request: before reading the story promise that you will never forget the meaning in these words. I don’t think that you will…

The title is a bit misleading because this book is not a prayer in the religious sense. At the beginning the scene is set for children round the world dreaming of the images and gifts that Christmas will bring; then suddenly shifts to the image of children who have no family, friends, and are struggling to survive the night. “For sometimes the children who need things the most, are lost to the night and a pale winter’s ghost.”

A starving child dressed in rags hears a voice in the darkness that urges him to follow his lantern so that he may discover a home with a hearth and a warm fire. This spirit instructs the boy to hold up his lantern and peer through the windows he passes along the way. The boy obeys and observes a young boy reading in a room with presents piled under the tree. At the next house he views this same boy who is now a father with a child on his knee; the kitchen tables piled high with food. As his lantern grows dimmer, the boy gazes through another window viewing that boy as an old man. No one in these houses is able to see his plight. The lamp is beginning to fade, and so is the life left in that little boy. When New Year dawns, those lucky children are still reveling in the holiday oblivious to his plight, while that little needy little boy has become a ghost.

This is a powerful and well written short story done in verse that will remain in memory long after you read it.
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What are we reading?: The Prayer, by Stephan J Myers

Give me the short version: Brief lyrical tale of a homeless child’s quest for refuge, in the glittering aftermath of others’ rich Christmas.

Couched in the reassuring sing-song rhythm of spoken word, The Prayer’s bittersweet morality fable brings alive long-buried memories of Christmas reading-time at the children’s library, but delivers a delicately balanced message for audiences of any age.

The framing narrative and stern ghosts of condemnation it summons to haunt those who enjoy the fortune of home carelessly, or selfishly, are settled at the other end of the table from the child’s own search for just such a precious hearth. Thus, a loving household is held up to view like the most beautiful ornament, renewing even the most previously jaded appreciation for one’s own enviable situation.

Literally the only thing that prevented me leaving the full five stars was this is a manner of tale rather off my beaten track of sci-fi and horror; however, I’m extremely glad it was recommended to me. I’m quite sure any thoughtful reader could find fragile loveliness as much as sorrow here.

My favourite bit: “The shoes on his feet, still let in the cold, but he lifts them with pride for he feels very bold.”
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