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    Archbishop Desmond Tutu(Author)

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The great Archbishop of Capetown, South Africa, shares with us the simple but profound secrets of his extraordinary spiritual strength by unveiling his very own book of prayer. 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 front faithful fellow pilgrims. The 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 may delight in Solomon's splendid encounter with the Queen of Sheba, overhear the simple prayer of a penniless Bushman, and glory in the sensuous sonorities of the mysterious liturgies of the Egyptian Copts. Here are Jesus' 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). Here are the prayers of some of the greatest among the mothers and fathers of the Church -- Monica, Augustine, Clement of Alexandria, Cyprian of Carthag -- as well as the prayers from the African diasporas of North America and the Caribbean. From thunderous multi-invocation litanies to quiet meditations, here are prayers that every heart can speak with strength and confidence. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who is for millions the very soul of Africa, is our guide on this unique spiritual journey. His introduction is destined to become a classic, his characteristic energy and optimism light our way, and the words of his favorite prayers (many composed by the Archbishop himself) will stay with us forever.

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Book details

  • PDF | 120 pages
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu(Author)
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell; New edition edition (6 Oct. 1998)
  • English
  • 5
  • 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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