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Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms In Prayer Hardcover – May 18, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849920019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849920011
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ken Wilson is senior pastor of a Vineyard Church in Michigan. Active in national evangelical environmental initiatives, his church is noted for serving the poor and exploring contemplative prayer disciplines, serving as online host to The Divine Hours.

More About the Author

I grew up in the city of Detroit in the 1950's and 60's and graduated from Detroit Public Schools. Then came to Ann Arbor, where I now live, to attend the University of Michigan, graduating from the School of Nursing.

I'm married for many long years with five children and five grandchildren.

I'm an unrecovered Jesus freak, coming to faith in 1971, when the Jesus movement was part of the anti-war, ecology scene. My first teacher was Haskel Stone, a Jewish believer who smoked while teaching a bunch of us hippies in the back yard of a Detroit home. And Dick Bieber, pastor Messiah Church in Southwest Detroit. A church that had University professors and suburbanites and people from skid row mixing it up in Jesus' name.

Now I'm the pastor of Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, which began (more or less) in our living room in the 1970's.

I fell in love with science writing some time back and can't get enough. I love biology and cosmology and quantum mechanics that I can't understand.

I'm involved with the Scientists and Evangelicals Alliance, a group that came together a few years ago to bridge the gap between secular science and Christian faith over a shared concern for the environment.

And other stuff like that....

Customer Reviews

You must choose to read this book; I would not recommend it as a Gift Book.
Enright
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for practical tools and understanding when it comes to prayer.
Danielle Athanas
Overall, I found the book to be somewhat difficult to read, yet thought provoking.
Amy Goins

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donald H. Bromley on April 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
For most of us, prayer can feel like an unnatural and very difficult exercise; like trying to learn Chinese by flashcards and willpower alone.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Elkington on April 28, 2010
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What is prayer? What is it for? Why do we do it? Why is it important? What is its objective? Where should it take place? Where does it take place? How do we know when we are successful? How do you do it? Do we go anywhere in particular when we pray? Should we go anywhere in particular when we pray? Why? How? Oh, there are many questions about prayer that we have, and this book gives us some real answers. Gives us some background--how others have thought about prayer and how they prayed and why they prayed. It gives us some background about brain science and how that should encourage us in our praying. It gives us some of the personal experience of the author as he struggled to discover a vital prayer life for himself. It gives us a way of thinking about prayer that opens up the experience and allows it to be an adventure in knowing God. In participating in the communion of saints as they adore God. Allows prayer to be something beyond duty and obligation. Encourages us to understand it as an opportunity to experience God intimately, to open a doorway into the heavenly realms by which we may enter and enjoy God for a time.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Paladino on May 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've really needed a fresh view on prayer- more than I realized. This book has been the right book at the right time! With great insights, personal illustrations marked with candor and practical advice, this book has helped me enjoy prayer again and to discern the different ways I sometimes pressure myself to make it something it's not. As a campus minister, responsible for dozens of students, I've been particularly moved through remembrance prayer as a way to pray regularly for them and to go deeper in partnership with God's work in their lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin Luff on March 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
'Mystically Wired' by Ken Wilson is a good book, mainly because if you take what he has to say seriously, and put it into practice, then you will discover new intimacy with God and start the long journey of a life of prayer.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Avery on July 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
To be Mystically Wired, is to take prayer beyond our ordinary,everyday experience.
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.
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