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Hungry for God: Practical Help in Personal Prayer Paperback – November 2, 2006
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in the first 20 pages, this man spoke for me - wanting to believe it [IF It's True] - but so suspicious, so skeptical... i even wonder if i am afraid...
then realize that i am afraid, both ways: afraid if it's true, anad afraid If It's Not...
this book helped my seeking, again, at age 52 to really understand and, mostly, to really experience and feel God, to feel what is called a personal relationship with God.
Ralph Martin is so simply honest in describing his thoughts, feelings, the steps this took for him... i felt not alone anymore in my desire to sort this out for myself... but also didn't feel he was evangelizing his experience in any way.
this book Only Helped me to get closer to what I am really thinking and feeling - the sense i make of my own life and experience...
i found it uniquely comforting in that maybe this process is universal - maybe it all comes down to these essential stirrings of the heart and acute moments of fear and even panic -
we all WANT to believe in God and a Divine Providence... but do we dare hope? and if we experience something credible and very real, then ARE we going to be willing to do what it asks of us...
what happens when even a good life, happiness and success aren't enough to quiet that nagging "What's It All About?" and "Is That All There Is?"... as we all march toward that Last Night, our death...
invaluable, for $10 this book is worth $1000 of therapy, i think... it's very moving and doesn't try to sell anyone on anything...Read more ›
The first part of Hungry for God addresses the resistance and surrender at the heart of Christian life. "I have known and do know both," Martin writes. "Perhaps some of my own experiences can help demonstrate what goes on in a person's heart as Jesus attempts to reveal himself." He explores such common obstacles as intellectualized faith and problems with sin and guilt that block us from the freedom and joy found in a deeper relationship with Father, Son, and Spirit. The second part of Hungry for God deals with prayer. The author lays the groundwork through quotations from Scripture and spiritual writers including Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. He then offers specific guidelines for enriching our prayer lives.
Those who seek a closer relationship with the Trinity, whether or not they choose the path of charismatic renewal, will find Martin's story helpful.
Martin gives a lot practical advice on prayer, i.e. set a time to pray daily, set a specific place to pray, ways to clear your head of the clutter before praying. He also discusses the different types of prayer. There isn't much in the way of techniques, but there is some very good information for one just starting to incorporate prayer into his/her daily life.
It's not a must-read, but it's a good read - I think we can all learning something from Martin's personal story and struggles. Recommended for someone just starting to pray daily.
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It's a great book, easy to read, author writes clearly and very knowledgeable on the person of Jesus Christ,Published 9 months ago by anna m. couturier
Great book everyone should read this book. I'm getting a book foe every person in my family.Published 12 months ago by Heather Morefield