Conversations on Faith, Hope, and the Human Spirit with Today's Most Provocative People
Author: Larry King with Rabbi Irwin Katsof
In Larry King’s Powerful Prayers: Conversations on Faith, Hope, and the Human Spirit with Today’s Most Provocative People, the Emmy Award-winning king of the interview asks some of the world’s most prominent, glamorous, and intriguing figures to answer the most profound questions of our times--questions that deal with the resurgence of faith and spirituality.
Recent surveys indicating fifty percent of all Americans are now praying at least once a day, and nine out of ten people in the nation's largest and most unconventional city, New York, believe in God. The current public attraction toward religion-oriented books, radio and television programs further reflects this renewed interest in spirituality.
Through his unique relationships with celebrities and political leaders, King explores the intimate prayers of such famous personalities as President Jimmy Carter, President Gerald Ford, Shimon Peres, Barbara Bush, Noah Wylie, Muhammad Ali, Steve Young, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Tommy Lasorda, Lou Holtz, Scott Hamilton, Alexander Haig, Senator John McCain, Reverend Jerry Falwell, Reverend Cecil Murray, Alan Dershowitz, Marianne Williamson, Pete Seeger, Willie Nelson, Jack Kevorkian, Anthony Robbins, Dr. Laura Schlesinger, Dr. John Gray, and many others.
Powerful Prayers examines the lives that have been suddenly and permanently altered through prayer, and lives that are sustained by its everyday practice. It reveals the prayers of world leaders prior to crucial decisions, businessmen before closing a big deal, players and coaches before the big game, and generals during battle, then questions if praying to win is the same as praying for someone else to lose. It explores prayers of thanks and prayers for things, and asks if offering something in return for answered prayers is simply bargaining with God.
Powerful Prayers is fascinating, informative, insightful, and inspirational. It is a perfect blend of the secular and the spiritual--a bestseller with heart.
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“The provocative, often entertaining discussion that results [in Powerful Prayers] illuminates the roles of faith, hope, and spiritual longing in modern life...informative, insightful, and life-affirming.” —Library Journal
“Powerful Prayers is a book for the ages. The words of enlightment from these powerful personalities will inform and touch you. And the humor and passion of King's odyssey with Rabbi Katsof will inspire you to take an introspective look at your faith, or move you to take a spiritual journey of your own.” —Jewish Journal
“Mr. King brings his famous interview skills to bear on what he calls 'the big conversation.' The result-a stirring, humorous, sometimes exhilarating exploration of why and how people pray and the impact prayer has on their lives-plumbs new depths for the celebrity interview.” —The Christian Science Monitor