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Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God Hardcover – November 4, 2014
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– Christianity Today Magazine
“With intellectual, brimstone-free sermons that manage to cite Woody Allen alongside Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Keller draws some 5,000 young followers every Sunday. Church leaders see him as a model of how to evangelize urban centers across the country, and Keller has helped ‘plant’ 50 gospel-based Christian churches around New York plus another 50 from San Francisco to London.”
– New York Magazine
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“This book is for us all and through its reading it can change and reshape your entire outlook on your life.”
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– Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, on The Reason for God
“Keller mines material from literary classics, philosophy, anthropology and a multitude of other disciplines to make an intellectually compelling case for God. Written for skeptics and the believers who love them, the book draws on the author's encounters as founding pastor of New York's booming Redeemer Presbyterian Church…[The Reason for God] should serve both as testimony to the author's encyclopedic learning and as a compelling overview of the current debate on faith for those who doubt and for those who want to reevaluate what they believe, and why.”
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Naturally, when I heard one of my favorite authors, Timothy Keller, was coming out with a book on prayer, I was eager to get my hands on a copy and dig in.
Prayer: Experiencing Prayer and Intimacy with God is a book that was birthed out of Keller's realization of his own shortcomings in prayer. Both he and his wife were diagnosed with diseases during a certain season of their lives (his was thyroid cancer and hers was Crohn's disease). This coupled with pastoring in Manhattan around the time of the September 11th terrorist attacks forced Keller to his knees and really begin to practice and wrestle with the concept of prayer.
Readers will sense within the first five pages just how well-read and well-thought-out Keller is in dealing with prayer. Keller sought to write on the essentials of prayer from a "theological, experiential, and methodological" perspective, and thus do something most books on prayer seldom do (1).
A Brief Summary
This book is divided into five parts, each comprising from two to five chapters. Part one is called "Desiring Prayer," which answers the "why?" question about prayer and digs into its necessity, mapping out the terrain for the rest of the book.
Part two, "Understanding Prayer," describes the many differing views of prayer from many vantage points including world religions, the non-religious, and various Christian traditions.Read more ›
That was Tim Keller's advice to pastors who desire to write. And he would know, since by my count, Keller has written nine books in the last two and half years. Talk about prolific writing!
Keller's latest work is simply entitled "Prayer." As he explains in the introduction, his aim is to combine the theological, experiential, and methodological in one book (1). He wants to drive home that prayer "is both conversation and encounter with God" (5).
We must know the awe of praising his glory, the intimacy of finding his grace, and the struggle of asking his help, all of which can lead us to know the spiritual reality of his presence. Prayer, then, is both awe and intimacy, struggle and reality. These will not happen every time we pray, but each should be a major component of our prayer over the course of our lives. (5)
Keller begins by acknowledging that he "discovered" prayer in the second half of his life with a series of moments: his teaching through the Psalms, the events of 9/11 (his wife implored him to pray together every night), and after his treatment for thyroid cancer (9ff.). This book, then, is the fruit of what he learned and what over the years, in both reading and in practice, he has discovered. Rather than giving a thorough review of this work, I will simply offer a couple of points that landed powerfully on me.
WARMTH AND LIGHT
Keller repeatedly emphasizes the need for both sound doctrine and vibrant devotion--or what John Murray called "an intelligent mysticism" that steers clear of cold assent to truth on the one hand and passion devoid of truth on the other.Read more ›
It's main emphasis is on what Luther, Calvin, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, J.I. Packer, Edmund Clowney, C.S. Lewis, and others, predominantly in the reformed tradition, have written about prayer with a few contributions from Augustine. In that regard the book is a helpful, although frantic, compendium of quotations and insights from these Godly men -- it made me want to read more of John Owen's work. A few quotes from other writers is fine when an author is making a point, but most chapters are entirely a summary of what others have written. The experiences and insights of the author are noticeably missing until a few of the last thirty pages.
Also difficult to find are the subtitled awe and intimacy. When the author's own words are included he is far more likely to speak of prayer "as a duty and a discipline," that "is often draining, even an agony," "a struggle," something that requires "right performance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has the balance of a theological framework and practical guidance. It's a book I will use often to help me in my prayer life.Published 2 days ago by Philip J. Livermore
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Learning to pray has been a priority for Christians from the days of the disciples to today. Read more
After reading this book I have gained a higher sense of what it is to have a relationship with God. With the break down of what prayer is and how to go about it I have seen a huge... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Neil Jackson
Such a great book to be challenged with and grow from reading.Published 10 days ago by Kathleen Glogau
A very deep book with lots of sources and scripture....one to read carefully and over and over to absorb everything in it.Published 14 days ago by kvan
Thoughtful, well researched and written. Contents focused on what really mattersPublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is my first book by Tim Keller. Wow is it awesome. God has used this man to improve my prayer life already. God Bless you Tim Keller!Published 24 days ago by J. Knight
Excellent book. Great help in getting closer to God and praying to God.Published 26 days ago by JustJoe
One of the best books I have read! Very eye opening and conflicting. Taught me so much about my prayer life.Published 28 days ago by Michelle Williams