New York Times article by T.M. Luhrmann

Addicted to Prayer My experience illustrates the attraction of prayer in this article about the addictive dangers of prayer. Since my story is so prominent in this article, I’d sure like to have an opinion about it, but I’ve never met anyone who prays the way Luhrmann describes, so, in true ego-maniacal fashion, I mostly see the article as publicity for me.

This is not the first time I’ve appeared in the NY Times. Here’s a story about my attempts at literary prophecy fifteen years ago: Creating Made Easy With a ‘Collaborator’

I don’t want to seem ungrateful, but this article is not one of my favorite things by T.M. Luhrmann. I’m a huge fan of hers, and she interviewed me for, I believe, a longer work she’s doing on prayer, and the interview was one of the funnest experiences of my life. So, don’t judge her on this article.

T.M. Luhrmann, When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God (2012 Knopf, Vintage).
This is an amazing book. I had no idea much the current strength of evangelical churches grew out of the Sixties counterculture and particularly out of the Jesus Freak movement. And having such a sympathetic view into this culture presented in a way that I can understand is invaluable. Everyone interested in religion in any way ought to read it. (And I ought to finish it, but I’ve had a lot going on lately.)
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Here are two of my favorite of her NY Times columns: Belief Is the Least Part of Faith and When God Is Your Therapist

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