A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle & Muddle of the Ordinary

Brian Doyle
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February 13, 2021
★★★★★ (+11.61%) 🛈

I read a longer book of Doyle’s essays, and I’ve become sort of obsessed with him. Doyle has a remarkable ability to notice the spiritual and the most mundane things.

This is a book about 100 prayers (little essays, really) about seemingly boring things. Doyle makes you understand how amazing they really are.

Examples (there are the actual chapter titles)

Each chapter sends with: “And so: Amen.”

Boyle turns a phrase like no one else I’ve ever read. Each essay is just lovely, and thought-provoking, both specifically on that topic, and generally in the sense that the world is an amazing place and we take so much for granted. Doyle forces us to stop and contemplate some of it.

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