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The Meaning of Prayer Paperback – March 1, 2003

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American theologian HARRY EMERSON FOSDICK (1878-1969) was born in New York, educated at Colgate and Columbia Universities, and served as professor of practical theology at Union Theological Seminary from 1915 to 1946. Among his many works are A Guide to Understanding the Bible (1938) and A Book of Public Prayers (1960). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068707987X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687079872
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,824,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 30, 2001
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I purchased this book from a library close-out of old books for a mere 10-cents and having read it, I wouldn't sell it for ten-thousand pennies. It is truly my most favored piece. It's tattered pages have provided depth and riches to my prayer life as I'm sure it will to anyone who seeks a greater intimacy with our Creator and Father. Fosdick, in bringing the prayers of others into his pages, present a more comprehensive study to liberate our communication with our Lord. I can't love it enough for the way in which the Father is worshipped. A must read!
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My prayer life has been radically changed and challenged since reading this book. You will find new meaning in your prayer life as you see that God desires us to speak with Him as we would to a friend.It will open your eyes to new aspects of prayer that I feel most people either struggle with or just do not understand. May God add a blessing to your life as you read and desire to draw closer to Him through prayer.
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This book offered incredible insight into the meaning and practice of prayer. Over the course of the ten weeks I read it (following the format laid out in the book) I was continually challenged to examine and adjust my understanding of prayer. Many aspect of prayer were discussed causing me to see deficiencies and challenges I had been unaware of before reading this text. His approach was simple and easy to monitor my progress. His use of other people's words and thoughts brought greater depth to the study of prayer. I learned from master of prayer what I needed to do to increase my effectiveness in praying and increasing my relationship with God. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who is seeking to improve their effort at prayer.
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My prayer life has been radically changed and challenged since reading this book. You will find new meaning in your prayer life as you see that God desires us to speak with Him as we would to a friend.It will open your eyes to new aspects of prayer that I feel most people either struggle with or just do not understand. May God add a blessing to your life as you read and desire to draw closer to Him through prayer.
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"The Meaning of Prayer" by Harry Emerson Fosdick is a fine book, There are

10 Chapters each made up of readings for the 7 days of a week. Each day contains thoughts on the particular aspect of prayer for that week, a short quote from Scripture, and an example of a prayer by a devout person.

Each chapter is followed by a well-thought-out comment for the week, The chapters close with excellent suggestions for thoughts and dis-

cussion. The book closes with a full biography.

I can remember my childhood funamentalist Pastor condemning Fosdick as a modernist back in the 1920's. Now I believe that HEF was a fine

scholar a little ahead of his time.
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Though somewhat outdated in some of its concepts, especially in Chapter One (it was first published in 1913), the remainder of the book is worth reading and having in your library. I have had many ambiguous feeling about prayer. This book restored my faith in it/
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Growing up in a conservative yet intellectual Christian home, then later attending a similar seminary, I knew three things about Harry Emerson Fosdick: he was a famous early 20th-century liberal preacher; his combination of spirituality and intellect was astonishing; and he had written a wonderful book on prayer. I'm not sure why it took me so long to finally read his book on prayer (I am now 60 years old), but it was one of the most meaningful spiritual experiences I have had in a long time. He understands Scripture as well as he understands human nature. He plumbs the depths of God's character aa he explores the agony and ecstasy of prayer. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that this is on my short list of favorite books on prayer –joining classics by CS Lewis and Richard Foster. When he comes to the ins and outs, and ups and downs, of prayer, Fosdick is hardly a liberal…
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Outstanding and timeless work on this crucial part of life that most of us don't understand or practice as much as we were created. Fozzy is a great writer and has much to say to us even though this work is 100 years old.
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