In the depths of grief, some find solace in their faith, while others feel that God has deserted them. In this gentle and wise guide, a beloved spiritual teacher counsels that prayer works – but not always in the ways we expect. Welshons, who has worked closely with Ram Dass and Stephen Levine and trained with Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, confronts life’s most challenging experiences directly, acknowledging both the reality and inevitability of unexpected, unwanted change. Then, with insights gathered from the world’s great spiritual traditions, he shows how to use painful circumstances as fuel for enlightenment. In short, step-by-step chapters, Welshons shares stories of transformation from his own life and the lives of those he has counseled. With deep empathy, he lights a path toward the communion, peace, and joy that are possible when we open our hearts to life in its totality.
“Reading this book, I felt as if I was in the company of a wise, loving friend….Exceptionally readable and very, very helpful.” – Wayne W. Dyer, PhD, author of Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life “A powerful book…John Welshons is a wonderful teacher!” – Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now and Be Love Now “A beautiful book of grounding wisdom.” – Tama J. Kieves, author of This Time I Dance! “This insightful book provides ideas, guidance, and comfort for anyone dealing with the dilemma [of unanswered prayers]. I highly recommend it!” – Harville Hendrix, PhD, author of Getting the Love You Want “When Prayers Aren’t Answered is an answer to a prayer – the prayer we all pray, for wisdom, peace, and patience….We rarely stop to feel and think as deeply as this kind book helps us to, and we rarely gain the foothold in bedrock truth that this book carves out. What a gift this book contains.” – Edward Hallowell, MD, psychiatrist and author of CrazyBusy “John Welshons makes us realize that when God seems silent, he is speaking in a language we can understand only by accepting our pain and our life as it comes. This book is a warm, wise companion for the loneliest hours.” – Lorraine Ash, author of Life Touches Life