Joanne Rypma's first entry into prayer writing came late in life, but through the encouragement of her church leaders, friends, and family we are now fortunate to have these prayers in our lives as well. This collection, as the title asserts, is for everyone. Joanne, was indeed raised Catholic, but people of any faith who value God in their lives will find themselves uplifted by Ms. Rypma's words and her calls to the Lord through this work called Prayers for Everyone.
They are largely scripture based, as one would expect from a self-described "cradle Catholic," but her interpretations and words for putting these Old and New Testament standards to practice seem young and approachable, laden with the love she feels for the Lord and his place in her life.
The readings used on weekends in church for the Liturgical Years A, B, and C each has its own prayer in this book. However, these prayers needn't be limited to such gatherings, as each prayer has a personal feel and could easily be appreciated in any setting. Each of her efforts make you feel as though you rest in the heart of Jesus as you read her words.
Rypma's prayers, quite simply bring you closer to God through the fine use of uplifting messages, spiritual understanding, and the words of the Lord as passed down through his prophets and Son.
We hope Ms. Rypma can find the time to work on a second compilation, as the time we spend with it would make it worth her while -- and certainly worth our reading.
As an avid reader, I have read more than 1000 books in my lifetime. This book was definitely one I thoroughly enjoyed. I am passionate about getting people to read. Studies show that more than half the populations of the world are illiterate. Read this book and encourage others to read as well.
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