Ten Prayers That Changed the World: Extraordinary Stories of Faith That Shaped the Course of History

Author(s): Jean-Pierre Isbouts


From time immemorial, prayer has provided comfort in our darkest hours, stirred us to action beyond what we thought possible, and shown us the way through seemingly insurmountable challenges. In this engaging tour of world history, author and historian Jean-Pierre Isbouts takes us on an inspiring tour of 10 prayers that played a pivotal role in world events - from the divine inspiration of Joan of Arc to Martin Luther King's powerful Prayer to Open Hearts and Minds; from George Washington's prayerful words to the newly formed American states to the horrors of Auschwitz; from Constantine the Great's prayer before battle to Gandhi's deeply moving "prayer of peace." With an attractive package and highly approachable format that includes the full text of each prayer, Ten Prayers That Changed the World is a perfect book for seekers of solace and the intellectually curious.


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Isbouts weighs the culture of ancient times against more modern thinking, suggesting new interpretations for legends and exploring alternative versions of stories. Taking a secular tack, he leaves open-ended questions about whether these prayers were heard by a higher power and what form that entity s response might take while concluding that faith of all kinds makes the world a better place. "Publishers Weekly""

Jean-Pierre Isbouts is a bestselling author, historian, and award-winning director of documentary and feature films. A humanities scholar and professor at Fielding Graduate University of Santa Barbara, California, he has published widely on subjects in art, history and archaeology, and directed films for Disney, ABC, Hallmark, History Channel and other studios and networks. He has also produced a broad repertoire of classical music with ensembles in New York, Los Angeles and Amsterdam.

General Fields

  • : 9781426216442
  • : National Geographic Society
  • : National Geographic Society
  • : March 2016
  • : United States
  • : May 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jean-Pierre Isbouts
  • : Hardback
  • : 616
  • : 200.9
  • : 252
  • : illustrations