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About the Book:
The Alphabet Prayer book was created as a result of the following incidents. In 2001, Peter and Linda were ready to start a vacation when Peter herniated two discs in his spine and was flat on his back for three months. The pain of the injury was crippling and overwhelming. Quieting down seemed more nurturing than acting up. Peter’s years spent as a Quaker learning to listen and ponder in silent worship came to his aid. He prayed and, at one point, distinctly felt the remarkable hand of God.
He had read the Bible before, but now turned to Psalms and the Gospels with which he felt the healing reverberations. While Peter was healing, he began a ritual of prayer. First he’d recite The Lord’s Prayer and the Prayer of Jabez. Then, he said his own prayers, expressing his needs and wants. In order to remember all the requests, Peter began creating the Alphabet Prayer, such as: “Compassionate God, Calm Me and Comfort Me and Forgiving Father, Feed Me with Faith and Favor.”
He eventually mentioned The Alphabet Prayer to his wife, an author. Linda replied, “Honey, I think you have a book!” Linda suggested they add to it further by drawing on the many names and attributes of God. They then asked a calligrapher to illustrate it. Linda and Peter are both Christians, but they tested the book with Christians, Jews, and Muslims, all of whom found it resonated emotionally and intellectually with them. Even an agnostic was surprised by how much he liked it, and found it clever and wise!
Watch Linda discuss The Alphabet Prayer in this video:
Review by D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
How can being newly disabled contribute to spiritual development? Ask author Peter Le Var, who was on the cusp of an inviting vacation when he herniated two discs in his back just by bending over, which disrupted not just his vacation plans, but his entire life.
Le Var was a Quaker, and his newfound condition influenced to an extended form of spiritual contemplation that grew to embrace a new ritual of prayer for Bible reading based on the alphabet.
The result is The Alphabet Prayer, co-written with his wife, author Dr. Linda Seger, which is written partially in calligraphy (the alphabet letter and its simple one-line prayer) and juxtaposed with text exploring the meaning of each prayer.
Having an A-Z arrangement allows form and structure to guide the prayer rituals and provides a sense of continuity to the book and its purposes. It’s meant to be used as a prayer book, but the comments accompanying each calligraphy prayer help guide readers on the meaning of the words and each prayer’s potential for uncovering a deeper relationship to God.
Take ‘Q’ for example. The prayer here is “Quintessential God, Quiet Me, Quicken Me, in Your Quest for Quality,” and this is backed by a supporting Scripture passage, while the accompanying meditative reflection admonishes readers to consider the empowerment of a close relationship with God: “When we run to God, not only are we protected, but God can empower us and change what we need changed in order to restore us to a right relationship with ourselves and with those we perceive as our enemies.”
Artistic, thought-provoking, and filled with new possibilities for understanding one’s relationship with the Divine, The Alphabet Prayer is more than another spiritual tool. It’s a creative approach to translating prayer to deeper purpose in Biblical reading, and is recommended for any Christian thinker who would use the Scriptures to revise attitudes about life’s events and their connections to God. –D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Customer Reviews on Amazon
“Another great book by script consultant Linda Seger and this time with her husband, Peter Le Var. Such a lovely and clever idea that inspires the reader to find new ways to talk to God! ” ~ Jennifer L Waters
“What a neat idea for a book. It is amazing how Peter has found relevant titles for every letter of the alphabet to do with healing. The book is as colorful as the wonderful illustration. A very inspirational read!” ~ Anonymous Amazon Customer
“Regardless of your religious affiliation or the lack thereof, The Alphabet Prayer offers eclectic, insightful perspectives on our relationship with the mysteries of the world within and the world without. As a Comparative Mythologist, I find the authors’ approach, though drawn from the writings of the Bible, to be universal and think it will be of value to anyone seeking a better understanding of the Light of Life.” ~ Pamela Jaye Smith
“I am not a Christian and I am not religious. I am not even spiritual. That’s why I can really appreciate Peter Le Var’s and Linda Seger’s Alphabet Prayer. It is short, thought-provoking and beautifully done. I like that it “invites reflection.” Nothing is assumed. Nothing is forced. It is an offering, that is all. It is unique, and done with class. And because of its brevity, I could take it in and consider it rather than if it were a longer, more dense text.
That is not to say it doesn’t have depth, because it does. I gravitated to it the first time I read it, and even more so the second time. It is a perfect bedside book, to glance at it and give your mind and spirit some sustenance before going off to sleep. You feel the care and concern that went into it and enjoy the comfort it brings. I recommend it to all, especially those who are new to spirituality.”~ Lynn Rosenburg