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REVIEW: "These prayers can open our ears to hearing more clearly..."
When your heart is crying out to God, when you begin to pray, do you sometimes feel overwhelmed and at a loss for words? Do the prayers you know by heart somehow not always express your deepest pain, your most fervent yearnings, or even your strongest love? “Crying out to God in the Manner of the Lord’s Prayer” by Judy Brutz is a book you will be grateful for. The author has followed Jesus’ teaching to his disciples when he guided them to “pray in this way.” She has opened her heart to hear God’s own guidance in praying as well as to know god’s loving, healing presence in prayer. She shares with us words that have been God’s gift to her when she cried out to God. These prayers can open our ears to hearing more clearly ‘The Still Small Voice Within’ speaking to us. At the same time, we may become more aware of God listening to us, really listening—to our cries for help, for healing, for forgiveness, for understanding, for love. With these prayers as guides, we may open up a new intimacy and freedom to share with God the full range of our experiences.
The Rev. Margaret Y. Weiner Episcopal Diocese of Iowa
REVIEW: "Judy Brutz has woven together a marvelous tapestry of healing..."
In her memoir You are My Refuge: Self-Guided Retreat,Judy Brutz has woven together a marvelous tapestry of healing. She begins each chapter with courageous strands of personal experience and insight, and then weaves in prayer, guided imagery, journaling, and scripture. While her faith and perspective is Christian, throughout every chapter she invites the reader to engage in the journey from their own spiritual perspective. For those in need of healing and for those who have a call to the healing arts, this tapestry can provide wonderful insights for the journey.
Don Paulson, PhD, LPC, NCC Emeritus Director of University Counseling & Testing at Idaho State University The Rev. Don Paulson, Episcopal Diocese of Idaho