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When I'm On My Knees

文章日期:2010年5月20日

This is a heart-felt collection of prayers,devotional thoughts, poems and hymns especially for women. Why women?

Donihue's book demonstrates a passionate understanding of the praying needs unique to women. It unleashes the tears, worries and fears, as well as joys, hidden deep in their hearts. It guides them to face temptations, troubles and challenges head-on in prayers. It shouts out on their behalf their praise for and faith in God. It brings them down to their knees – not forcefully, but very gently.

The title of the book is When I'm On My Knees. Do I stoop meekly and submissively when I pray – that is, shoving aside my pride and stubborn assertiveness to empty my heart and mind and soul for Jesus, if not so much as to actually bend and kneel physically?

There is a beautiful chapel in my school. No two kneelers there are the same - every one is a labor of love, uniquely embroidered by friends and parents of the school. We can rest assured that our knees are tenderly pampered when we humble ourselves before the Lord. For all the years I have been with the school, however, I have never taken advantage of the gear during services and ceremonies in the chapel, nor during my daily prayer visits either.

Praying can be reduced to a pathetic, unfeeling routine, perhaps unknowingly amid the hustle and bustle of a hectic timetable. This book is a true friend who gives us timely reminders of how to pray and what to say to God.

I embrace the book for it is a mirror that shows me a dwarfed image of myself, one that strengthens my faith in times of difficulty and at the same time turns my knees to liquid. Long-standing problem? Trying kneeling. It works.

Reviewed by Ms. Brenda Mau, Principal of St. Mark's School

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