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This front matter section of the book Prayer in Religion and Spirituality contains the table of contents. Prayer is a phenomenon which seems to be characteristic not only of participants in every religion, but also men and women who do not identify with traditional religions. The book shows that prayer is not merely petition but has additional content and motivation. It presents different types of group prayers (communal liturgies, finding God in secular events, communal examen or discernment) and crowd prayers. The book explores how prayer and politics may interact. It illustrates how prayer can be an effective strategy for the construction of meaning at a personal as well as a social level. The book also demonstrates how prayer changes, transforms and takes on particular characteristics in different times and places, both inside and outside the historical religious traditions.

Keywords: crowd prayer; God; group prayer; religious traditions; spirituality



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