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Title Too Presumptuous of God
on October 2, 2009
Refreshingly, DeStefano deals with 2 struggles Christians generally have.
1. Why are some prayers answered and others not?
2. How does one pray according to God's will?
The author invites the reader to bravely anticipate answers from God. In Summary, this book tries to help the reader pray in a manner that is from God's perspective rather than self-indulgence or self-gratification. It makes much easy and pleasurable reading, with occasional flashes of brilliant insights. However, I feel that sometimes it is not as convincing for the following reasons. Firstly, it is a victim of its own accusations. For example, when the author points out the self-help industry being more focused on psychological change of perspectives, from me to we, or power of positive thinking, the very kind of prayers recommended are also within the mental change paradigm. Secondly, some of its prayers are too closely related, like prayers #4 and #9 can be easily merged as both talks about suffering. Thirdly, there is a tinge of arrogance as well in terms of 'guaranteeing' a change of attitude. If the whole book places the focus on God, shouldn't God be the one to guarantee any changes? Finally, this book is written for a wide and general Christian public, and should appeal to the casual reader. It may not fill the ravenous appetites of theologically trained individuals or Christians who have some foundation of Christian education.
Although this book talks about prayers, it is not exactly a prayer manual. It is a book about prayer ideas that begin with an important first attitude. It deals with the need to adopt the right attitude before any prayer. I will suggest that the book be retitled: "Ten Prayers That God loves to Answer."