A Bahá'í Approach
by Madeline Hellaby
The Bahá'í teachings on prayer, and prayer as a daily reality.
A profound, perceptive and inspiring book on a subject of interest to every Bahá'í.
To Bahá'ís, prayer is indispensable: 'the core of religious faith,' writes Shoghi Effendi, Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, 'is that mystic feeling which unites man with God. This state of spiritual communion can be brought about and maintained by means of meditation and prayer.'
William Hellaby's exposition of the Bahá'í teachings on the subject is based firmly on the Bahá'í Writings. His theme is prayer as man's link with God: why we need to pray; the relationship of the soul of man to the Word of God and through it to the Covenant; the power of prayer; the qualities required for prayer; prayer and action; prayer in the community and as an integral part of the World Order of Bahá'u'lláh.
Madeline Hellaby writes of prayer as a living reality - prayer as ordinary people experience it in their daily lives. 'How can 'we' practise the presence of God?' she asks. Describing with honesty, good sense and humour the various obstacles to effective praying, she finds insight in quotations and examples drawn both from the Bahá'í Writings and from a variety of religious literature, history and day-to-day experience.
A useful companion to the compilation 'The Importance of Prayer, Meditation and the Devotional Attitude'.
'This book will be very helpful to the friends and fills a big gap in Bahá'í Literature.'
Member of the Bahá'í Reviewing Panel of the United Kingdom
William and Madeline Hellaby's interest in prayer goes back to the early 1950s, and they met whilst on a retreat.
William Hellaby was trained for Christian Ministry in the Unitarian Church. Madeline Hellaby comes from a family whose Unitarian affiliation goes back eight or nine generations. They were married in 1953 and while serving the Church embarked upon a deep study of the Bahá'í Faith. Mrs Hellaby became a Bahá'í in 1957. The following year Mr Hellaby resigned from the Ministry and began a new professional life in social work. He became a Bahá'í in 1962 and at the time of his retirement in 1979 was Senior Social Worker in Lancaster.
William and Madeline Hellaby served the Bahá'í Faith as pioneers, speakers and travel teachers, often as a husband-and-wife team.
21.0 x 13.8 cm (8.25 x 5.5 in)