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An African Prayer Book

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    Desmond Tutu(Author)

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Prayer, our conversation with God, needs no set formulas or flowery phrases. It often needs no words at all. But for most believers, the words of others can be a wonderful aid to devotion, especially when these words come from faithful fellow pilgrims.
An African Prayer Book is just such an aid, for in this collection all the spiritual riches of the vast and varied continent of Africa are bravely set forth. Here we overhear the simple prayer of the penniless Bushman, the words of some of the greatest Church fathers (Augustine and Athanasius), petitioning and jubilant voices from South Africa's struggle for freedom, and even prayers from the Africa diasporas of North America and the Caribbean. Here are Jesus's own encounters with Africa, which provided him refuge at the beginning of his life (from the murderous King Herod) and aid at its end (in the person of Simon of Cyrene, who helped Jesus carry his cross). From thunderous multi-invocation litanies to quiet meditations, here are prayers every heart can speak with strength and confidence.

DESMOND TUTU, the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, retired as Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1996 and was later named as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Nelson Mandela. He lives in South Africa and lectures throughout the world.

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  • PDF | 138 pages
  • Desmond Tutu(Author)
  • Image (1 Mar. 2006)
  • English
  • 7
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Guest on 9 April 2001

    This is a beautiful book of african prayers,poems and litanies chosen by Archbishop Desmond Tutu (some were written by him).Included are the gems of Africa's vast and varied history-prayers of St Augustine of Hippo,St Maconius and St Athanasius;excerpts from the Anglican,Methodist,Egyptian Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodox litany;there are contributions from grassroots movements such as the Crossroads Squatters Colony (Cape Town),and even the South African National Service of Thanksgiving,which celebrated the end of apartheid in 1994. Also included are many prayers from the various African tribes which give the book an African flavour. Many of the prayers have a beautiful simplicity and appeal in their many allusions to the African way of life.Fishing and famine,hunting and harvest,rains and fire,warm skies and the night sky,rocks and hills,rivers and dust,the bush and the roads,drums and silence are all there.Included too are the suffering,oppression and racism which were so much a part of life in South Africa until recently and which still are.

  • By gillinana on 24 March 2016

    A lovely book - for private use or sharing with others. Very moving, thoughtful & it will make you smile as well. I'm glad I bought it.

  • By jeremy Fraser on 8 October 2009

    Enjoy, let yourself have time to explore the language and images. To see what great, but humble faith can produce. I recommend this to anyone who has african christians worshipping with them. It is lovely to mix the cultures as we worship God.

  • By Les Farrant on 26 November 2015

    Bought as gift and was well loved and very easy to read

  • By Posy MacPherson on 8 August 2011

    Audiobooks are very popular - often a lifesaver - for readers who have sight problems. A close family member who has little or no sight introduced me to a world of stories read aloud. Like many sighted readers I find it needs more concentration to listen to tapes or CDs than to read a book for myself. I was, however, delighted to find a copy of Desmond Tutu's "An African Prayer Book" on audiotape as Archbishop Tutu reads - and sings - the prayers himself. He has chosen prayers from various communities in Africa, including Xhosa, Zulu, Masai and Samburu as well as prayers of Augustine of Hippo, Origen and Cyprian of Carthage and others historical and modern. The difference between reading the Archbishop's words in a book such as God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time and hearing the same book read aloud by him has to be experienced. In both audiobooks his sincerity, his honesty and his faith are very apparent. This is one of those times when hearing is believing.

  • By Sid on 10 April 2009

    A superb resource. Great selection of prayers, meditations and bible passages. Used it to create a worship session inspired by African music and words and it was enthusiastically received. Prayers were particularly well received.

  • By Jill Hubbard on 3 August 2014

    A bit afro-centric. Ok if you like this sort of thing. I passed it on.

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