This wide-ranging and soul-stirring collection of just under 200 prayers and poems spurs us to reverence the Sacred Feminine and to constantly give thanks for the intimations of grace, beauty, and truth in people, places, and ordinary experiences. Mary Ford-Grabowsky, who was editor-in-chief of Fellowship in Prayer and served as vice president and academic dean of the University of Creation Spirituality, relishes the variety and poignancy of the devotional expressions of all the world's religions. On these pages, you will find Celtic blessings, Native American rituals, and Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Hindu, and Chinese prayers.
The book is divided into sections on finding myself, the mother line, gathering our inner strengths, finding heaven in Mother Earth, for all our needs, at work, grateful for everything, out of darkness, our spiritual and mystical experience, and love. We were glad to touch base again with many of our spiritual mentors including Dorothy Walters, Macrina Wiederkehr, Jane Hirshfield, Denise Levertov, Hildegard of Bingen, Susan Griffin, Mary Oliver, Naomi Shihab Nye, May Sarton, Clare of Assisi, Eileen Caddy, and Evelyn Underhill.
This time around, it was the special cadences and insights of Native American spirituality that spoke most tenderly to us. Here's an example from an anonymous Native American prayer: "Give thanks / For unknown blessings / Already on their way." Also see the excerpt for two devotional gems from Jose Hobday.