New book of unpublished work from the Founder of the Friends of Julian

 ‘Robert Llewelyn was an exceptional priest … a great man of prayer who in a quiet way simply transformed the landscape of countless people.’

Archbishop Rowan Williams


Robert Llewelyn was an Anglican priest, a retreat leader, an educator, a speaker and a spiritual director, and for many years Chaplain of the Shrine of Lady Julian of Norwich. He wrote ten books on prayer, spirituality, Julian of Norwich and the saints and was editor of the bestselling Enfolded in Love series. He died, aged 98, in February 2008.


What is prayer, and why should we pray? Through this new collection of previously unpublished writings, the late Robert Llewelyn, one of the wisest spiritual teachers of our time, reveals how prayer is beneficial not only for each one of us but for the wider world. His guidance and insights from a lifetime of spiritual discovery include the lessons we can learn from fourteenth-century visionary Lady Julian of Norwich. Fr Robert’s words encourage us to know how much we are loved and show us how we can draw nearer to the divine through prayer. He encourages us to try different ways of praying and explains simply how to do silent and contemplative prayer and how to pray for ourselves and others or use the rosary, explaining the fruits and benefits of praying for our wellbeing. 


At the start of the book, in his 'Philosophy of Life' there is a simple story of why prayer is so important. Robert says, “Somehow, somewhere, in answer to every prayer or praise uttered, or psalm recited or prayerful silence observed, with such sincerity as may be given us, good overcomes evil, light dispels darkness, truth supplants error and, if only in the minutest measure, the world is changed. So, too, for every stranger welcomed or loving deed performed.” 

Prayer is explained simply and the book shares some of the ways of prayer that Robert offered when asked: 'Silent Prayer', 'Prayer as Praise', 'The Rosary', and 'Praying for Oneself and Others'. The book ends with quotes from Robert's earlier books about his insights on prayer, the fruits of prayer and why it is so good for us. Why Pray? has been compiled and edited by Denise Treissman, who was a friend of Fr Robert and now his literary executor. It has been illustrated by Norfolk artist Jules Allen.


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