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The Only Little Prayer You Need
The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Abundance, and Peace of Mind
Debra Landwehr Engle, Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
ISBN: 9781571747181
Book (Paperback)
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
$14.95
5 x 7
224 pages
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October 1, 2014


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"We are made to live lives of tolerance, respect and compassion. This simple yet extraordinary book gives our entire human family a tool to do so, starting today." -Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (Cape Town – South Africa)

"A delightful little book on healing our fear-based thoughts through prayer, which is a giving up of oneself in order to be at one with Love." –Jon Mundy, Ph.D., author of Living A Course in Miracles and publisher of Miracles magazine

“Debra Engle's The Only Little Prayer You Need, took my breath away as I sat reading it. Like Engle, I, too, have been a student of "A Course in Miracles" for thirty years. And also like her, it has taught me all the important spiritual tools I rely on every day. However, her little prayer provides a much-needed shortcut to peace filled living that everyone, course student or not, can use daily. Hourly, even minute by minute. Thank you, Debra. I needed to read your book today. I needed to shift my perception on a current situation and your book and prayer did just that for me.” —Karen Casey, Ph.D., author of Each Day a New Beginning

These six words—please heal my fear-based thoughts—change lives. In this brief and inspiring book, based on Engle’s study of A Course in Miracles, she explains how to use the prayer and experience immediate benefits:

  • being less irritable, more patient
  • laughing more
  • feeling like you have more time, more energy
  • worrying less
  • making decisions more easily
  • saying no without guilt

A typical prayer goes something like this: "Please help us find the money to pay our mortgage this month." Saying the prayer may help you feel like the burden of that month's mortgage has been lifted, but the part of you that feeds on fear will simply seek out new financial worries to keep you awake at night. Old patterns remain intact.

In contrast, asking, "Please heal my fear-based thoughts about our mortgage" lifts the burden AND relieves the need to re-create that fear and hold onto it. This prayer heals your very desire for burdens, your addiction to fear-based thoughts, freeing you to live without that fear and with greater peace of mind. As a result, your financial situation is also free to improve. That's what makes it so different.

One Facebook fan told Engle, "The most blessed aspect of this prayer is all the open space it creates for peace—I never knew how many fear-based thoughts were clogging up in me until this prayer."

Debra Landwehr Engle is the author of The Only Little Prayer You Need and Grace from the Garden, and is a regular blogger at patheos.com. She is a longtime teacher of A Course in Miracles as well as a widely traveled inspirational speaker. Her websites include www.debranegle.com. Photo credit: Amy Allen
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His Holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan People. He has written a number of books on Buddhism and philosophy and has received many international awards, including the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.
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