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Prayers for a Thousand Years Paperback – March 24, 1999
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With the coming of the second millennium, editors Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon felt that words of hope might be the perfect antidote to the fearful rumblings of doom, apocalyptic predictions, and computer-induced chaos. And so the duo sent out invitations asking people to offer a written message or prayer to the future. The final result is a body of work that offers a compelling and positive vision for the millennium. Contributors include Reverend Desmond M. Tutu, Poland's Lech Walesa, Thomas Moore, Judy Chicago, Alice Walker, death row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters, Rabbi Zalman Scater-Shalomi, and poets Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver, and Diane Ackerman.
The collection is organized around relevant themes, such as "Creating Communities of Peace," "For the Children," and "This Holy Earth." Each offering is no more than two pages long--brief enough for a quick dip whenever inspiration is needed. Nonetheless, this is collection with spiritual sustenance, a book that many will benefit from carrying close to their hearts in the years ahead. --Gail Hudson
"I pray for all of the prayers, desires, and hopes expressed in this volume to come to fruition in the next millennium for all of God's creation."-- Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of "Love, Medicine, and Miracles"This is the honest, oracular, many-footed gathering we've been listening for."-- Coleman Barks, author of "The Essential Rumi"Prayer is not a luxury but a necessity for our collective sanity and preservation in the approaching millennium. This blessed book shows the way."-- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of "Healing Words and "Be Careful What You Pray For"This extraordinary collection is a single prayer to the coming millennium."-- Joan Halifax, founder, Upaya"A grace-full assemblage of essential world wisdom to remind us to be awake, aware, and alive in the new millennium!"-- Justine and Michael Toms, co-founders of New Dimensions Radio and co-authors of "True Work"An ecumenical prayer book for all who care for the future of the human family--and all life on mother earth."-- Hazel Henderson, author of "Building a Win-Win World"Vision found here."-- Daniel Quinn, author of "Ishmael"This book will help change the course of the world."-- Robert Muller, former Secretary General to the United Nations
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This collection focuses primarily on the coming millennium. The editors actually sent out a call to others to contribute their thoughts to this volume. So, unlike previous works, this collection is focused mainly on the words of people living today, whereas the other volumes, contained wisdom from the past as well as the present.
What makes this book even more precious, is that world leaders such as Desmond TuTu and Vaclav Havel, stand here side by side with other great thinkers, poets, religious leaders and visionaries. But also tapped, are relative unknowns, nuns, alternative communities, community leaders, singers/songwriters, poets, teachers, etc. providing a huge melting-pot of profound thoughts and wisdom.
These reflections are subdivided in categories such as: hope for the future, opening hearts, this moment in time, creating peaceful communities, one about children, the earth, solidarity and justice, politics, economics and morality, parables of our time, and we the people.
Instead of dwelling on decay and apocalypse, why not see the hope the future has to offer an enlightened civilization? This book is a breath of fresh air amidst the glut of negative material out there concerning the turn of the century. To the editors...thank you for providing us with continued inspirations.
Rev. Dr. Barbara Whittaker-Johns, Arlington, MA 9/7/05