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The Power of a Praying Church: Experiencing God Move as We Pray Together Paperback – March 1, 2009
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About the Author
Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author (more than 28 million books sold) of The Power of a Praying series, which includes The Power of a Praying Wife Devotional and The Power of a Praying Woman. Her many other books include Just Enough Light for the Step I'm On, The Prayer That Changes Everything, and Praying the Bible into Your Life. Stormie and her husband, Michael, have been married more than 39 years and are the parents of two married children. www.stormieomartian.com
Jack Hayford is the founding pastor of the Church On The Way in Van Nuys, California, and currently the chancellor of the King's College and Seminary in Los Angeles. A bestselling author and songwriter, Pastor Hayford has penned more than four dozen books and 600 hymns and choruses, including "Majesty." He and his wife, Anna, have four children and eleven grandchildren.
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To many people, prayer is a subjective, intangible, incomprehensible mystery. Omartian describes what prayer is and its importance in a clear, decisive manner. She writes for both new Christians and seasoned Christians.
She describes the different kinds of prayer and the benefits of a prayer partner. My favorite part of the book was the lists of 15 Things We Should Always Do For One Another and the list of 10 Things We Should Never Do to One Another. She bases the list on scripture. I think there is an underlying theme throughout the book of compassion. This is a powerful message.
My copy says that The Power of a Praying Church is BY Stormie Omartian WITH Jack Hayford, who Ms. Omartian refers to as "Pastor Jack." My first impression of this was that Ms. Omartian puts "Pastor Jack" on a pedestal that no human being should occupy, and that she speaks of him as if his word is the standard (the standard is The Word of God, aka The Bible). And this really disturbed me. It kept me from truly getting excited about this book.
That being said, as I continued to push through, I could see wisdom in what Mr. Hayford said many times and thus decided that I didn't need to disregard his thoughts just because someone else might have placed him in higher esteem than any human deserves--a spot only reserved for the Author/the Word Himself. It's between that person and God if they have done so and not for me to judge. Plus I should be gleaning what wisdom I can from wherever I can.
Once I got past this, I was able to see more clearly the message that I was to get from The Power of a Praying Church. Picking this read back up after having put it down for quite a while reinvigorated my zeal for my prayer life and has prompted me to actually start a women's prayer group that I'd been tossing around in my head for the last three years or so.
My disclosure for any "Christian" book review is and always will be that man does not have everything right--no one single man and definitely not I. That being said, if you decide to read this book based upon my recommendation, please be aware that I don't agree with 100% of everything this book says doctrinally and that for truth you must go to the Source, The Bible, God's written Word.
I did find this book helpful and I know that I have grown because of it. Despite it not being my favorite Stormie Omartian book and my hangups as mentioned above, I still pulled a lot of great information out of it, I finished it feeling invigorated and more eager and prepared to increase my prayers and be the warrior for Christ that He has called me to be.
I give The Power of a Praying Church 3.5 stars. Have you read it? If so, what did you think? Let me know!
I feel that my prayer power has improved already . I don't have a lot of time for reading right now. If I could have this book on audio, I would be able to finish it faster.