The format of the prayers (in these stories) wasn't significant. The acknowledgment that God was in charge was all that seemed necessary.
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Chicago, IL (Vocus) March 12, 2009
Belief in the power of prayer is an aspect of faith that faces constant scrutiny in the secular media. Professional skeptics challenge prayer on rational grounds, while scientists try to measure the effect of intercessional prayers on the sick and needy, routinely drawing controversial conclusions. For example, in October 2003, scientists interpreted the results of the MANTRA study run by Duke University Medical Center, concluding that prayer had no significant impact on heart surgery patients ('''No health benefit' from prayer.'' BBC News Online. 15 Oct 2003). But for New York Times best-selling author Joan Wester Anderson, there can be no doubt that prayer is supremely important in our lives and to our relationship with God. For Anderson, the proof is in the thousands of stories of answered prayers that she receives from believers around the world, a selection of which can be found in Anderson's latest book, ''Guardian Angels: True Stories of Answered Prayers'' (Loyola Press, $14.95, paperback).
Like many of Anderson's previous books, including ''Where Angels Walk'' and ''In the Arms of Angels,'' ''Guardian Angels'' features tales of heavenly intervention. This latest work goes further by stressing that whether or not angels manifest at moments of crisis, every prayer we offer up is heard, and each serves to open us up to a divine plan. As Anderson writes, "The format of the prayers (in these stories) wasn't significant. The acknowledgment that God was in charge was all that seemed necessary."
Joan Wester Anderson is the best-selling author of ''Where Angels Walk: True Stories of Heavenly Visitors.'' Since she began her writing career in 1973, she has written sixteen books and contributed more than one thousand articles and short stories to numerous publications including McCalls, Family Circle, Reader's Digest, Modern Bride, and the New York Times Syndicate. She has appeared on such television programs as ''The Oprah Winfrey Show,'' ''20/20,'' ''Good Morning America,'' and ''Mother Angelica Live.'' She and her husband live in suburban Chicago and have five grown children and two grandchildren.
''Guardian Angels: True Stories of Answered Prayers''
by Joan Wester Anderson
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