• Hardcover: 272 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (March 1, 2016)
From time immemorial, prayer has provided comfort in our darkest hours, stirred us to action beyond what we thought possible, and shown us the way through seemingly insurmountable challenges. In this engaging tour of world history, author and historian Jean-Pierre Isbouts takes us on an inspiring tour of ten prayers that played a pivotal role in world events—from the divine inspiration of Joan of Arc to Martin Luther’s powerful hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is our God”; from Abraham’s poignant plea to save his son; from George Washington’s prayerful words to the newly formed American states to the horrors of Auschwitz; from Constantine the Great’s prayer before battle to Gandhi’s deeply moving “prayer of peace.” Ten Prayers That Changed the World delves into the moments in history where faith and prayer intersected with the course of mankind.
About Jean-Pierre Isbouts
Jean-Pierre Isbouts is a bestselling author, historian, and award-winning director of documentary and feature films. A humanities scholar and professor at Fielding Graduate University of Santa Barbara, California, he has published widely on subjects in art, history and archaeology, and directed films for Disney, ABC, Hallmark, History Channel and other studios and networks. He has also produced a broad repertoire of classical music with ensembles in New York, Los Angeles and Amsterdam.
Find out more about Jean-Pierre at his website.
This is a book everyone could and should read, no matter if they are religious or not. It includes the following prayers, and then tells the story:
Jesus’ Prayer to Abba
The Dream of Constantine
The Voice of Joan of Arc
Martin Luther’s Hymn
George Washington’s Prayer
The Prayer of St. Francis
The Prayer for Bastogne
Gandhi’s Prayer for Peace
Mother Teresa’s Daily Prayer
It also includes a note by the author, Epilogue, Acknowledgments, Notes, Further Reading, Illustrations Credits and an Index.
On of my very favorite prayers was from Chapter 7:
The Prayer Of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, let me offer pardon,
Where there is discord, let me create harmony,
Where there is falsehood, let me offer truth,
Where there is doubt, let me inspire faith,
Where there is despair, let me offer hope,
Where there is shadow, let me bring your light,
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
The author says he has dramatized the stories a bit, but he has kept them true to documented historical sources.
This book is very interesting and I learned a lot from it. I’ll keep the book within easy reach so that I can pick it up from time to time and read random chapters.