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The Only Little Prayer You Need

The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Abundance, and Peace of Mind

By Debra Landwehr Engle
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The Only Little Prayer You Need by Debra Landwehr Engle

The Only Little Prayer You Need (2014) is a shortcut to living a more peaceful life. It explains how a short and simple prayer can help you relinquish your fears, renew your perspective on life, and free your mind.

  • Anyone stuck in a swirl of negative thoughts
  • People recovering from a tragic event
  • Stressed-out souls seeking comfort and support

Debra Landwehr Engle is the co-founder and facilitator of the online “Tending Your Inner Garden” workshops and a teacher of the online spiritual course A Course in Miracles. She is also the author of the blog “Everyday Miracles,” and speaks regularly at global events about how to live a happier, more fulfilled life.

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The Only Little Prayer You Need

The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Abundance, and Peace of Mind

By Debra Landwehr Engle
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The Only Little Prayer You Need (2014) is a shortcut to living a more peaceful life. It explains how a short and simple prayer can help you relinquish your fears, renew your perspective on life, and free your mind.

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A simple prayer can change your life.

What if a single event could change your life forever? Author Debra Landwehr Engle experienced this firsthand when a seemingly unremarkable incident completely changed her perspective on life.

On a cold January day in 2013, Debra and her husband, Bob, went to pick up their car from the mechanic. After finishing the paperwork, Debra jumped into the car, started the ignition, and followed Bob as he drove to return the rental car they’d been using.

As she was driving, she began to notice a rattle in the dashboard. As the sound got louder and louder, she started to get annoyed. “Had the car not been repaired properly? What a waste of time,” she thought.

For the first time in her life, she became aware of all the negative thoughts whirling around 

in her brain like a typhoon. The problem was, she couldn’t make them stop.

She knew that she needed something to calm her thoughts – but, whatever it was, it couldn’t come from within her; it had to come from another power. She slunk down in the driver’s seat and found herself praying to the Holy Spirit with the words, “Please heal my fear-based thoughts.”

When Bob got back in the car for the drive home, something curious happened: the rattle in the dashboard had stopped. But how?

Debra thought back to the little prayer she had whispered in the driving seat, where she had asked for her fear-based thoughts to be healed, and realized what had happened: her internal perception had changed her external environment.

This was a life-changing moment for Debra. She discovered that when you ask for your thoughts to be healed, the external triggers that prompt those thoughts are no longer needed. So, the rattles go away.

Debra understood what self-help author Wayne Dyer had once pointed out: when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at begin to change.

With these realizations, Debra felt like she was onto something big: this small little prayer had the power to root out negative thoughts and shift her perspective from fear to love.

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