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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (March 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830741879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830741878
  • ASIN: B0045JL90W
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,951,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

It's time to take your prayer life out of the box.

Perhaps you've gotten pretty good at asking, thanking and seeking forgiveness when you pray. (Or maybe you haven't.) But did you know there are dozens of other biblical models for prayer? For example, praying without words, praying with a partner, meditating and intercessory prayer. And what about your nagging questions? Is there a right way to pray? Is God always listening? This is a breakthrough book for students, parents, pastors, new believers, long-time prayer warriors, or anyone who may be in a prayer rut or drought. There's no guilt trip here. This book will take you on a journey of discovery that will blow the doors off your prayer life. And the rest of your life will never be the same. Never be distracted or frustrated with your quiet time again. Get excited about meeting with God. And don't miss the chapters on praying in times of doubt, prayers for healing and warfare prayer. "The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results." James 5:16, NLT

About the Author

Elmer L. Towns is vice president at Liberty University and dean of the School of Religion at Liberty University, which he co-founded in 1971 with Jerry Falwell. Elmer teaches the 2,000-member pastor's Sunday School class at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is a Gold Medallion Award-winning author, and his books include Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough and 365 Ways to Know God. Elmer and his wife, Ruth, have three grown children.

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Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education. He began teaching at Midwest Bible College, St. Louis, Missouri, for three years and was not satisfied with his textbooks so he began writing his own (he has published over 100 books listed in the Library of Congress, 7 listed in the Christian Booksellers Best Selling List; several becoming accepted as college textbooks. He is also the 1995 recipient of the coveted Gold Medallion Award awarded by the Christian Booksellers Association for writing the Book of the Year, i.e., The Names of the Holy Spirit.

He was President of Winnipeg Bible College for five years, leading it to receive American Accreditation and Provincial authority to offer degrees (1960-1965). He taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in greater Chicago, Illinois, in the field of Religious Education and Evangelism (1965-1971).

He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty's existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.

Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

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This book is a must-read for any believer that wants to advance their prayer life!
Jeff10k
Dr. Towns book was so amazing that it changed my thinking about how to communicate with God and why it's important that we communicate with Him.
Notoshia D. Howard
I have deepened my prayer life and pray the Lord will help me to continue to be faithful each day.
Frans Bloodworth

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Susan B. Shroy on February 28, 2010
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I had a difficult time trying to rate this book because it was so confusing. Chapter 1 was poor but then chapter 2 was very good. Chapter 3 was OK, but then chapter 4 & 5 were really excellent, but then came chapter 7 that was poor again. This occurs throughout the entire book. Very strange. Chapters 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 22, 25, & 26 were all very poor while chapters 13, 17, 19 & 24 were just horrible, I mean really horrible! This book is confusing because the author wrote it as a guide to Christian prayer, yet held Ghandi up as an example when he wasn't even a Christian. How, exactly does a Hindu become a prime example in a book about Christian prayer. Ghandi didn't know the first thing about Christian prayer. The use of Martin Luther King Jr. as an icon of purity and prayer was also hopelessly misguided. Great civil rights leader... yes! Horrible example of morality and correct Christian doctrine... yes! There are many better examples that could have been used to try and make this point. Name dropping at the expense of accurately making your point is not providing good Biblical support.

Chapter 24 uses the Prayer of Jabez as an example of Christian prayer, probably because of the huge but misguided popularity of this premise as a financial empire which misuses the dozen & a half words of Jabez out of context. In chapter 24 Paul Yonggi Cho is quoted as if he actually taught Christian principles instead of spreading false doctrines world-wide. Matthew 5:34 tells us not to make vows, this book tells us on page 205 to make vows but to make vows but to start our vow making with "nonconsequential vows. Chapter 17 in it's entirety denies the entire concept of "ou me".

The entire section on "Introspective Prayer" in chapter 17 was extremely disturbing as well.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. Gates on September 17, 2006
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The Lord's Prayer has come full circle with my daily praying habits. It is not just a Sunday worship prayer--it is my daily prayer. An amazing study on prayer with a whole new invitation to praying WITH God--not AT God.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terina L. Seltzer on December 3, 2008
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I am a new Christian that has always wanted to ask this question. This book is exactly what I wanted: someone to explain the basics of praying to me like I was a four year old, but then completely challenge me and open my eyes with understanding like I was an adult. I felt this book was very comprehensive. Will always be one of my favorites; it's on my bookshelf for life!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Barton on March 1, 2008
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Dr. Towns has written a wonderful book that covers all the bases when it comes to communion with our living Lord Jesus Christ. Highly recommend this book for all who want to learn more about talking to God.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Notoshia D. Howard on August 20, 2009
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Dr. Towns book was so amazing that it changed my thinking about how to communicate with God and why it's important that we communicate with Him. Last, month I had the opportunity to take Dr. Towns prayer class and it was awesome. If you have not had a chance to read this book, it is a must.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Al Thompson, pastor on August 8, 2009
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"How to Pray When You Don't Know What to Say" was required preparation for a week course with Dr. Elmer Towns. Having prayed most of my life, six decades worth, I approached the text as 'assigned' reading. The book probably contains the core message of this author's story and purpose. A reader will most likely find fresh variations for prayer...as in personal relationship with God. I'll purchase more copies of this book for our core leaders. If you are interested in prayer, you will enjoy and benefit from reading this book.
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