Hugh Prather, Jr. (January 23, 1938 – November 15, 2010) was a writer, minister, and counselor, most famous for his first book, Notes to Myself (ISBN 0-553-27382-5), which was first published in 1970 by Real People Press, and later reprinted by Bantam Books. It has sold over 5 million copies, and has been translated into ten languages.
Together with his second wife, Gayle Prather, whom he married in 1965, he wrote other books, including The Little Book of Letting Go; "I Touch the Earth, The Earth Touches Me"; How to Live in the World and Still Be Happy; I Will Never Leave You: How Couples Can Achieve The Power Of Lasting Love; Spiritual Notes to Myself: Essential Wisdom for the 21st Century; Shining Through: Switch on Your Life and Ground Yourself in Happiness; Spiritual Parenting: A Guide to Understanding and Nurturing the Heart of Your Child; Standing on My Head: Life Lessons in Contradictions; A Book of Games: A Course in Spiritual Play; Love and Courage; Notes to Each Other; A Book for Couples; The Quiet Answer; and There is a Place Where You Are Not Alone.
Hugh Prather's father (whom he was named after) contributed to the growth of the city of Dallas, Texas; along with his father in law John S. Armstrong and the latter's other son in law Edgar Flippen, the elder Hugh Prather helped plot and build the town of Highland Park now within the confines of Dallas and in 1912 had built the world's first prototype of today's modern shopping center.
Born in Dallas, the younger Hugh Prather earned a bachelor's degree at Southern Methodist University in 1966 after study at Principia College and Columbia University. He studied at the University of Texas at the graduate level without taking a degree. While he could be categorized as a New Age writer, he drew on Christian language and themes and seemed comfortable conceiving of God in personal terms. His work underscored the importance of gentleness, forgiveness, and loyalty; declined to endorse dramatic claims about the power of the individual mind to effect unilateral transformations of external material circumstances; and stressed the need for the mind to let go of destructive cognitions in a manner not unlike that encouraged by the cognitive-behavioral therapy of Aaron T. Beck and the rational emotive behavior therapy commended by Albert Ellis.
Prather died on November 15, 2010, in the hot tub of his Tucson, Arizona home, apparently of a heart attack. He is survived by his immediate family—wife Gayle Prather, his son from a previous marriage, Perry Scott Prather, and their two sons, John and Jordan—and his siblings Alan A. Prather, Joan Prather, and Jeffrey P. Prather.
- Highland Park Village
- Fox, Margalit (November 21, 2010). "Hugh Prather, Popular Self-Help Author, Dies at 72". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
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