My Life as a Prayer: A Multifaith Memoir


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Monkfish Book Publishing
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Novelist and poet Elizabeth Cunningham is best known for The Maeve Chronicles, a series of award-winning novels featuring a Celtic Mary Magdalen. The descendant of generations of Episcopal priests, Cunningham grew up in a small upstate New York town next door to her church and an overgrown, enchanted wood and has spent her life writing stories traversing the worlds of scripture and fairytales. After resisting the temptation to follow in her forefather's footsteps to become the first woman in a line of priests, she was ordained as an interfaith minister and counselor in midlife. My Life as a Prayer is her debut work of nonfiction. She lives in the valley of the Mahicantuck (the river that flows both ways, aka the Hudson) on land that was home to the Lenape.


"One of the most engaging memoirs I've read in ages. The wise and feisty voice I've come to know and love in Elizabeth Cunningham's Maeve Chronicles fills these pages, and carried me away. Anyone who has forged an independent path through the luminous moments and deepest shadows of a soul-filled life will recognize their own spiritual adventures reflected here." -Mirabai Starr, Author of God of Love and Wild Mercy"With the luminous prose we have come to expect from one of our finest novelists, in My Life as a Prayer, Cunningham brings her thoughtful sensibility to bear on her own life. Cunningham's honest and often deeply philosophical struggles, her exquisite poetry and descriptions of nature, her timely reminders and probing questions, her words of both comfort and heartbreak, make this a gift to the world. Vivid, at times wildly funny, often deeply moving, and always impossible to put down, My Life as a Prayer offers valuable insights to anyone, no matter how they define their spirit path." --Cait Johnson, author of Witch Wisdom for Magical Aging: Finding Your Power through the Changing Seasons "In My Life as A Prayer, Elizabeth Cunningham writes with remarkable candor, humor, and beauty about her constant wrestling with the mysteries of life. She shows us how to examine our own experience through many different lenses, including the stories we love, the stories we create for ourselves, and the stories we wind up living." --Jack Maguire, author of The Power of Personal Storytelling and Essential Buddhism"Elizabeth Cunningham's lifelong aspiration to be a writer and to develop an understanding about the purpose and practice of prayer informs this thoughtful memoir. Readers will find inspiration here from a seasoned writer who successfully challenges the structures of religion in both her life and writings in order to express her authentic self in poetry and fiction." --Tom Cowan, author of Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit and Yearning for the Wind: Celtic Reflections on Nature and the Soul."More than a seeker of humanity's place on this planet, Elizabeth writes about our relationship with all beings, and our place and responsibility on earth. In reading her story, you will undoubtedly be prompted to engage in thoughtfully enquiry, which is perhaps one of the greatest strengths of this remarkable work." --Rebecca Singer, author of Singing into Bone and Earth Practices"Elizabeth Cunningham's fiction has always indicated that her personal experience with the Divine is complex, sometimes comical and not at all conventional. In My Life as A Prayer, she reveals the journey of the seeker: her youthful inclinations to resist submission, her lifelong relationships with divergent faith communities, and the details of internal ruminations that have enabled her to both respect and revolt from tradition. While her path is, indeed, hers, My Life as A Prayer creates a blueprint for us all to pave our own spiritual road." --Tim Dillinger, Author of Express Yourself In Me: Black Power, Gay Pride and Disco Heat with a Holy Ghost Touch"Full of poetry, wisdom, and a remarkable generosity of spirit, My Life as a Prayer is the kind of memoir that takes the reader on a life-changing journey and becomes a constant companion, a