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Life at Ms. Anne Thrope’s Coffee Club has been the usual countercultural effort of competing with the big dogs of coffee by letting people know that our backgammon and chess sets are free to use and by not playing Christmas music or putting up Christmas ornaments on October 15. Now that Saint Nicholas Day is here, we’re decorating. We’ll keep the Christmas ornaments on display through January 6—Armenian Christmas.

We’ve also been busy selling and signing copies of Donigian’s new book, which is not available from the megabucks coffee shop.

“George Donigian touches on the most important aspects of our faith: God’s love for the world, God’s radical liberation for us all, and how God desires to use us to make it happen.”—The Rev. Jarrod Cochran, The Progressive Episcopal Church

The title of the new book serves as a conversational invitation.

In Three Prayers You’ll Want to Pray Donigian offers a basic approach to prayer that builds on examples from music. The first prayer, which generates gratitude and more, compares with a musical scale. We practice scales because all of music builds on some form of scale. (Don’t know what a scale is? Sing the first line of “Joy to the World” and you’ve sung a descending scale.) We practice scales in private so that other people will be spared our mistakes and misfingered notes. Though Donigian makes other musical comparisons in the book, he focuses simply on three basic prayers.

The first prayer comes from Markings, the journal of Dag Hammarskjold. The prayer consists of two lines that encompass much:

For all that has been—Thanks! / To all that shall be—Yes!

Play with that prayer. Contemplate it. Enjoy where it guides you.

There’s always more.

Three Prayers You’ll Want to Pray: published by Morehouse, New York. Ask your local independent bookseller for the book, also available from online retailers of books.

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