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Six Prayers God Always Answers Hardcover – April 25, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Printing edition (April 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414318677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414318677
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Six Prayers God Always Answers is a poetic treatment of the greatest tension in the universe: the sovereignty of God and man's free will. Tackling head-on some of the toughest questions facing the faith, the authors handle with grace and sensitivity the hard questions asked by searching and sometimes hurting people. This book rings true in the crucible of honest and often difficult life.

Some of the passages that stood out include: "we hold nothing of substance with which to bargain." (Pg. 40) When our first child died of an awful accident, there were periods of bargaining as he hung between life and death. After he died the prayers changed to questions. Why? God has never answered why. But as written on page 80, "Swapping the old question for a new one leads to revelation." We found out with Job that there were more important things to understand and questions to ask that had never before entered our consciousness. God gifted us with new and more weighty questions. And as written on page 81, " Why is important only as it informs future behavior." And on page 142, "Faith helps us to find answers beyond those we're looking for." "God supplants our original request for one that is better, deeper, more noble or profound." (Pg. 185) We have lived and experienced that truth.

In the case of Mary and Martha's loss, Lazarus' death was overturned so the analogy is not 100% our situation. For though we prayed for our son's resurrection, it did not happen. Yet I can answer your question on page 132 relating to Mary and Martha, "Was the price of their pain worth the gift of their faith?" with a resounding yes.
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I bought this book for myself, but my wife grabbed it and wouldn't put it down until she'd finished it. Finally, I got my chance. What a fantastic, thought-provoking, yet easy read! I thought maybe the content wouldn't live up to the promise in the title (if the title doesn't grab your attention, I don't know what will), but it went way past even my high expectations. If you're looking for a pedantic study on prayer, then Six Prayers God Always Answers definitely isn't for you. But if you want something that's actually a joy to read and will make you look at prayer in new and energy-filling ways, then look no further. It's written in a conversational style, maybe something like Brennan Manning or Phillip Yancey, but with an edginess, humor, and transparency that makes it a perfect look at prayer for the 21st century reader. After reading this book, I realized I'd spent my life viewing prayer as if through a mirror dimly. I've viewed prayer from my narrow, human perspective. Herringshaw and Schuchmann's message to me seemed to be: there's a whole lot more to it than what you've been willing to see. And they were right.
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At first glance, you might think that Six Prayers God Always Answers, by Mark Herringshaw and Jennifer Schuchmann, is going to be just another book on prayer and how to prayer. You crack open the pages expecting a kind of self-help book for a more active and powerful prayer life. It is actually nothing of the sort.

Starting with a simple, but not completely formed idea, that "Prayer doesn't work. God works." we are taken on a ride through page after page of anecdotes and Bible stories that reflect different kinds of prayers we often breathe throughout our lives. I appreciated how the authors began by talking about prayer in general, its history, its language, and most importantly what prayer is and what it is not.

At the beginning, they point to illustrations of great "prayer warriors" throughout history, citing a story of two monks who made great personal sacrifice to live lives of prayer and devotion. In stating exactly the sort of thing I was hoping to read from this book, they authors related that many well-intentioned pastors tell stories like this from the pulpit in an effort inspire their people toward a deeper prayer life. In reality, since they are holding up such and exemplary, yet rare, example, they are actually turning people off from prayer. These fantastic stories of faith make the average Christ-follower feel inadequate and they decide to give up.

Graciously, the authors point out that examples of this sort emphasize style over substance. The truth is, as they relate, that prayer should be like communicating with a lover. Prayer is a conversation with God, and there is no formal presentation necessary to a prayer encounter with God.
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Six Prayers God Always Answers has a casual and friendly approach. Schuchmann and Herringshaw have birthed a serious (but tongue-in-cheek) look at six prayers God always answers, which makes the reader really think about prayer, and what it is. Schuchmann & Herringshaw's book sometimes caught me off guard with its humor and down-to-earth language. I loved the humor. But what makes Six Prayers God Always Answers so special is the way the characters were fleshed out, even to the point of modernizing Mary. I was reading through the part about Mary, and when I came to "Mary's Magnificat," emotions welled up.

According to the authors, prayer doesn't work--God works, and God works when people pray. This book asks the tough questions and answers them so laymen can understand.

-Nan S., Georgia, USA
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