An American Prayer Book

An American Prayer Book, the latest book by Episcopal priest Christopher L. Webber, includes prayers for our country, prayers for American festivals, and prayers from our history. Authors of the prayers include Woodrow Wilson, Billy Graham, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the first Muslim to offer a prayer in the United States Senate. The prayers reflect such aspects of American history as the abolition of slavery, the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy, the bombing of Hiroshima, child labor, immigration, and the Gulf Wars. Prayer has always been central to American life but this book may be the first systematic attempt to make these prayers available. . Ecumenical and inter-faith, this is an important resource for clergy and a useful book for all those who believe in the importance of asking God’s guidance in our national life.