In the House of Happiness

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In the House of Happiness

A Book of Prayer and Praise

By Neil Philip (Selected by); Isabelle Brent (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618234813, 64pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2003


This small treasure of a prayer book includes 58 short, accessible selections from all over the world, divided into thematic sections and richly illustrated. Prayers of the great world religions mix with tribal chants, folk rhymes, and poems of praise and devotion to celebrate morning and evening, the beauty of the natural world, loving, giving, and grace. Together the selections convey a strong sense of the intrinsic kinship of all humanity.

Isabelle Brent’s opulent illustrations, with glowing gold highlights and illuminated initials, were inspired by the art in medieval Books of Hours. This unique and joyous collection will appeal to a wide range of readers; the small size and ribbon marker make it a perfect gift, just right for private meditation. Introduction, acknowledgments.

About the Author

Neil Philip is a noted folklorist and anthologist who has written several books on Native American and multicultural themes for Clarion, including IN A SACRED MANNER I LIVE, which was named both a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in England.

Praise For In the House of Happiness

"Certainly, the beautiful art encourages readers to pick up the book...offers...quiet moments of reflection in a lovely setting." Booklist Booklist, ALA

". . . a lovely collection of prayers. Brent's exquisite hand illustrates . . . selections from many religions and cultures. . . . Gorgeous illuminations. . . . A lovely gift."" Kirkus Kirkus Reviews

"prayers from many nations and faiths...exquisite borders, lavishly gilded...emphasizes gratitude for gifts and appreciation of lovely" SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal