Meet Debra Landwehr Engle, author of The Only Little Prayer You Need: The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Abundance and Peace of Mind, published by Hampton Roads in 2014 will sign copies at Beaverdale Books. She also authored Grace from the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time (Rodale, 2003).
"The prayer in this little book is so powerful, because it addresses both external and internal fears with just six simple words:
Please heal my fear-based thoughts.
While other prayers ask for the external world to be changed and healed, this prayer asks for the healing to take place within us. Here’s an excerpt from the book that explains this important difference:
A typical prayer goes something like this: “Please help us find the money to pay our mortgage this month.” Saying the prayer may help you feel like the burden of that month’s mortgage has been lifted. But your ego—the part of you that feeds on fear—will simply seek out new financial worries to keep you awake at night. The prayer gives you temporary relief, but it doesn’t change anything in you, so your old patterns remain intact.
In contrast, asking, “Please heal my fear-based thoughts about our mortgage” also gives you a sense of relief. But instead of lifting just that burden, it relieves the need to re-create that fear and hold onto it. This prayer heals your very desire for burdens, your addiction to fear-based thoughts, freeing you to live without that fear and with greater peace of mind. As a result, your financial situation is free to improve. That’s what makes it so different."
Engler's work has been seen in Country Home, Country Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens and other national publications, as well as two international collections of essays. One of those collections, The Art of Living, also featured the writing of Deepak Chopra, Mikhail Gorbachev and the Dalai Lama.
She is the co-founder of Tending Your Inner Garden®, a program of creativity and personal growth for women that has been featured in TIME and Woman’s Day magazines. Deb teaches classes in A Course in Miracles, as well as workshops that use journaling and writing as tools for self-discovery and one-on-one and small-group sessions on creativity, writing, manuscript development and life skills.