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Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms In Prayer Hardcover – May 18, 2010
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More About the Author
Ken is the author of several books, including Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms in Prayer (Thomas Nelson 2010); and most recently A Letter To My Congregation: An Evangelical Pastor's Path to Embracing Those Who are Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Into the Company of Jesus (ReadTheSpirit, 2014).
Ken was the founding pastor of Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, served for seven years on the national board of Vineyard USA, and is now on the national advisory board for Blue Ocean Faith. Ken is active in national evangelical environmental initiatives and efforts to open a new dialog between people of faith and science. He is a BioLogos grant recipient.
Top Customer Reviews
But what if prayer is actually something we're *made* to do? What if we're actually "wired" to pray? And what if the biggest hindrance to learning prayer is our thinking about it? Ken Wilson not only explains how and why we're pray-ers, but also why prayer can be difficult.
But my very favorite part of this books is that it reads something like a good beginner's cookbook. There's plenty of good recipes to try, easy to follow directions, and it makes you feel like you CAN do this.
This is both a why and a how-to book, fully grounded in Scripture, full of humility and wisdom. Full of suggestions that will help anyone toward a fuller, more joyful encounter with God.
It's as simple as that really.
I loved the book, I loved Wilson's writing style and I really enjoyed his blend of mysticism, practical advice and scientific explanation. Throughout the book Wilson deals effortlessly with the transition from mystic and scientific theory and fact into prayerful practice, giving loads of good ideas and tips to assist the reader in developing an effective and intimate prayer life.
The book is divided into two main parts. The first deals with the truth behind our mystical wiring - blending together the spiritual and scientific aspects into a easily digestible whole. The second part then explores 'new realms in prayer' considering ways to focus, meditate and develop intimacy with God, including praying at intervals.
Having said all this, Mystically Wired is not a book for easy reading. You won't read it through in one sitting and I would even suggest that you read it at intervals over a number of months, putting into practice its advice as you go along - and almost stopping at times to reflect on your prayer walk as a result of reading the book.
I would not hestiate in recommending this book to anyone who wants to deepen their relationship with God through prayer and mediation. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this book is essential reading for all who want to focus more on the 'quiet place' and it is already back on my reading list for future 're-reading' and reference - as a means of reflecting on my own prayer practices going forward.Read more ›
And to turn it into an intimate experience with God.
Using science,scripture and personal experience. Ken Wilson explains how as created
beings in the likeness of God. We are designed or as he puts it "wired" to live out
our faith to the fullest.
This is not for a select few, rather it is within the grasp of every believer.
However, it is not to be entered into lightly, for you never know what may happen,
or what may be required of you.
The book is encouraging because it acknowledges the difficulties that we face in prayer. But it also offers practical solutions. Solutions that will guide us closer to God. Allowing God to take his rightful place in our lives.
This book is an easy read, wherever you are in your relationship with God.
It is a guide to help you along your journey.
Thanks to the kind folks at Thomas Nelson for providing the book to review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No matter what your Christian denomination is, and no matter whether you are of a Protestant or Catholic orientation, this is an exciting book (I think) that is bound to enlighten... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Char
I received this book via Booksneeze to review. I was so excited but I am disappointed. I finished the book and am glad it's over. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Megan
I picked this book because I have a really hard time praying out loud. Even just praying in general. Maybe this book could help? Read morePublished on September 30, 2011 by ncsuz
I honestly have no idea how I feel about this book. I was bored. I was interested. I was skeptical. I was encouraged. I felt like the book was written by different people. Read morePublished on August 7, 2011 by Stephanie Cherry
Mystically Wired by Ken Wilson, explores the fact that our brains have been "wired", so to speak, with a desire to connect with God. Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Kindle Customer
I recently read the book "Mystically Wired" by Ken Wilson and was pleasantly surprised. It's not often that you are able to find a book that takes prayer and makes it something... Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by Danielle Athanas
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When it comes to prayer I am not the one I want to be. Most of my life is filled with task lists and meetings. Read more
Ken Wilson has written a winsome account of why prayer has been so deeply woven into the fabric of human life for millennia--and what that might have to do with you. Read morePublished on November 5, 2010 by Caleb Maskell
When I saw this book was available for review from Thomas Nelson, I was excited to read it. I'm interested in learning more about prayer and I thought this book would help. Read morePublished on October 31, 2010 by Kvensel