- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The Prayer: A Christmas Classic For Everyday Of The Year Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.”
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm torn about this book. It is so unlike anything children would be used to, I believe, which is why I like it. But, it's also very sad in its message. Read morePublished 5 months ago by VL Towler
I enjoyed this book and add a paperback to my home collection.Published 13 months ago by Gary Wittmann
This is an amazing book. It appealed to me enormously because of my penchant for "darker" things. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Angelus
Sweetly rhythmic and smoothly rhyming, Stephan Myer’s children’s Christmas story, the Prayer, reads a little like The Night Before Christmas crossed with a touch of Dickens. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sheila Deeth
A wonderfully written and illustrated, thought provoking story reminiscent of Dickens. It leaves this reader contemplating his own recognition of less fortunate and silently needy... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brian A. McLaughlin
Reading the words is easy. The brain readily absorbs the words and transposes them to the heart where they will remain forever. Read morePublished 18 months ago by johnhouseauthor
I bought this book not realizing quite what it was. Important message but I didn't care for the ending. Sad that there are still those who get overlooked. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amanda
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