Jim Bishop's greatest success was no doubt, The Day Christ Died in which he succeeded in giving deepened significance to the retelling of the Gospel story of the crucifixion than has perhaps been done by any other modern writer. Now in this creative approach to the subject of prayer, he has again done signal service, which should not be confined to the religious book market. The first quarter of the book tells the story of the period when he most needed prayer- he and his wife bad drifted apart, she was obsessed with the closeness of her link with her mother and shared nothing with him. But when- homeward bound on a slow boat- he learned that she was hospitalized, and then that she had died- he came to full realization of the need for prayer. This book grew out of that personal experience, and he has brought together prayers from all faiths destined to meet every human need. The sources reach out to a wide range:- from such varied individual sources as President Elsenhower and his first inaugural prayer, to men- and occasional women- in public life, in the field of religion, in military and political fields, in industrial and financial fields. He then goes on to great prayers of history, the Saints at prayer, great prayers of Protestant, Catholic and Jewish faiths, prayers from the Bible and literature, prayers of the Church year, and finally prayers for special intentions. Those in doubt, those in need, those in sorrow will find help here. The brief biographical notes and commentaries provide backgrounds of interest.