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"A practical guide." (BTS Booklist, July 1990)

"The most helpful book on Prayer that I have read." (The Good BookStall (thegoodbookstall.org.uk))

"Everyone learns from models, and Bill Hybels not only shows how he prays but also helps us understand prayer. We are busy and we are getting busier! In Too Busy Not to Pray, you'll not only be inspired, but you'll have a guidebook for prayer for the rest of your life!" (Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life)

"You cannot read this book without praying more, and praying better. It is thoughtful, clear, compelling and challenging--Bill at his best!" (John Ortberg, pastor and author, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Bill Hybels is pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago suburbs, where over 15,000 attend each weekend. Willow Creek's "seeker sensitive" approach to worship has influenced many churches across the U.S. and throughout the world. Hybels has written a number of books, including Honest to God, Becoming a Contagious Christian, Making Life Work and Too Busy Not to Pray.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press; Revised edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830819711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830819713
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Axiom, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. Hybels received a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and one grandson, Henry.

Customer Reviews

My Bible study group used this book and it's companion workbook.
M. Nolan
He also gives lots of practical ideas and examples, and in his usual fashion adds some humor to make it an easy book to read.
Christine
This book gives good solutions and reasons for making prayer a priority above everything else.
Scott Furrow

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Scott Furrow on July 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
One good thing that can be said about books by Bill Hybels: he hits the nail on the head with how Christians are today. In Too Busy Not To Pray, he accurately points out the flaws that many Christians have today in their attitude and approach to prayer. For example, Hybels asks why do we pray "Lord, be with us today", when we know from Scripture he's always with us? He suggests we pray "Lord, make us aware of your presence today." This small thing has helped me focus on what I'm actually saying in prayers, helping me to eliminate the jargon and have a more authentic and focused time with God. If you are a busy person like most of us, you may not be taking the time to actually know God, to pray, to know His will, to confess specific sins, to praise Him. This book gives good solutions and reasons for making prayer a priority above everything else. Good book, good scripture references, fast read. I recommend to anyone serious about knowing the Living God. - SCF.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David R. Bess VINE VOICE on September 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This straightforward volume revolutionized my prayer life when I first read it ten years ago. I have read a number of Hybel's works, and I must say this one is the best yet. His points are simple yet profound as he makes his case for the necessity of a strong and systematic prayer life. This tenth anniversary edition reinforces and elaborates upon the truths Hybels illustrated previously.
In the first portion of his book, Hybels focuses upon God and his willingness to answer prayer. He then moves to the role we play, describing various challenges and obstacles to effective, life-changing prayer. The best part of this work is the third portion, in which he emphasizes the importance of listening to God, responding to His leadings, and living in His presence.
There are many books available on prayer, a large number of which I have read. I cannot think of one other single volume however, that describes the vital nature of prayer, and offers practical tools for prayer, than this book.
Get it, read it, then see for yourself the difference God makes in your own prayer life!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
13 chapters and a group of study questions to provoke thought and/or discussion leads the reader thru the author's own discoveries regarding prayer. Hybels, by his own admission, acknowledged what many of us don't: that "praying on the run" does not properly develop or nurture a relationship with God. In a fast-paced, super sophisticated world where we can barely escape work and a host of other stresses because of today's technology, we suffer from "ultra-business". Barely having out enough time to brush our teeth or eat properly, prayer for many of us, is a "back-burner activity". The discoveries Bill Hybels made can help all of us examine our own habits, and enrich our prayer life with God, such as "how to slow down to pray", "how to listen to God" and "how to overcome barriers". Readers must approach this book with honesty and a willingness to examine their own thoughts and habits. It would do all of us well to consider that even Jesus took time to slow down and be with God, alone. Jesus, tempted by all as we are, was Himself perfect, and yet found in Himself a need and desire to seek the Father's face. When His life became public, and His ministry active, many clamored for His attention. In the midst of that hectic activity, Jesus took time out to spend with the Father. In that we are imperfect, and do fall into temptation, how much more do we need to seek the Father? This eye-opening book offers insightful answers to those questions.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tim Allison on April 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a refreshing an honest look at an important topic from a person of sound theology, personable style and some hard won experience. He does a beautiful job of painting a scriptural portrait of the heart of God and how prayer is the lifeline to experiencing his heart.He also does a nice job in exploring the necessary components for realizing the full potential of this powerful spiritual activity. In addition to this he wrestles with some of the toughest prayer challenges like: The hurt of unanswered prayer, Prayer busters and Hearing God's leading. I felt he treated these subjects relatively well considering the immense implications of each topic. The book also includes some great questions arranged by chapter, as a means to reflect upon the aspects of prayer in your life. I am finding these particularly useful in my journaling and prayer time as I work at developing this area of my walk. A very good book on prayer...I recommend it without reservation.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I had purchased two other prayer books: Lord, Teach Me To Pray by Kay Arthur and Releasing the Prayer Anointing by Larry Lea (both of which are excellent books), but neither was giving me what I needed.
Besides knowing HOW to pray I had to WANT to pray. I just couldn't figure out why I never made time for prayer. This book has changed the way I look at prayer and how I approach prayer. I'm excited to pray instead of burdened by the thought of having to pray.
The most profound idea that stands out to me in this book is the idea of reflecting upon your day. How can you grow/be delivered or even know what to pray for when you haven't taken the time to really assess where you are in your walk with God and where you want to go.
If you just can't get into prayer, but you really really want to, this book it for you.
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