Editor Rosalind Bradley has chosen the perfect lead-off quotation by the Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan for this top-drawer collection of prayers from more than 100 spiritual leaders, activists, humanitarians and others:
"Your Light is in all forms,
Your Love in all beings.
Allow us to recognize You
in all Your holy names and forms."
This multifaith anthology contains prayers of praise and thanksgiving from Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Taoists. Using these offerings, we can celebrate what the religions of the world have in common while at the same time we salute their diversity.
It is very gratifying to see in this devotional collection an affirmation of both contemplation and social action. This emphasis comes across in the prayer choices of those who are active in social justice, human rights, peacemaking, and environmentalism.
We were also pleased to see some of our favorite spiritual teachers and writers represented here including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Joan Chittister, John Dear, Richard Rohr, Desmond Tutu, Huston Smith, Leonardo Boff, Ernesto Cardenal, Joanna Macy, and John Shelby Spong.
Here are two few examples of the prayers in this superb book:
"Goodness is stronger than evil
Love is stronger than hate
Light is stronger than darkness
Life is stronger than death
Victory is ours through
Him who loves us.
— Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"God of life
Every act of violence
Between myself and others
Destroys a part of your creation
Stir in my heart
A renewed sense of reverence
For all life
Give me vision to recognize your spirit
In every human being,
However they behave towards me
Make possible the impossible
By cultivating in me
The fertile seed of healing love
May I play my part
In breaking the cycle of violence
By realizing that
Peace begins with me."
— The team at St. Elthelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace