- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; 2New e. edition (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340909099
- ISBN-13: 978-0340909096
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 318 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,095,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. Yancey strikes a moving chord with this book that is more full of yearning and wonder than it is of easy answers. Prayer, he writes, is our partnership with God, our chance to join forces with God's power to confront suffering and evil head-on. Yancey is candid about his nagging sense of failure in prayer, but the book is suffused with a cautious hope; he writes of his growing confidence and joy as his prayer life has deepened from a spiritualized to-do list to a conversational communion with God. The key, Yancey writes, is that prayer is a window into knowing the mind of God, whose kingdom is entrusted to all of us frail, selfish people on earth. As with his other books, Yancey draws upon his international travels to bring a fresh perspective to the topic, detailing, in nations such as Romania and South Africa, how he believes prayer has transformed hearts and permitted bloodless change. The book's strength lies in its balance, with Yancey holding equally important ideals in a beautiful tension: action and meditation, doubt and certainty, and the unchanging God with the God who appears so moved by people's petitions in the Bible that he changes his mind. Yancey also offers some startling and insightful observations about Jesus' own prayer life. (Oct.)
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'...a reader-friendly book...subtle, elusive, and evanescent, inviting readers to discern their own meaning....'Prayer' can help reinvigorate a prayer life. It invites us to believe that God is listening. (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
'...Yancey writes...as a journalist, with a sharp eye for detail and an investigative unwillingness to force conclusions. Chapters are short, but brimming with juice. Stories abound. Part of the time, Yancey just wonders about prayer. And Yancey...is a mighty fine wonderer.... (Christianity Today)
'Philip Yancey has done it again: taken a much-written-about topic and infused it with freshness and deeply mined relevancy....This is a valuable read for anyone: youth worker, pastor, parent, mature teen -- anyone.' (YouthWorker Journal)
'..a new and powerful effort....Philip Yancey asks the tough questions about prayer that many are afraid to ask....Yancey writes as a friend and fellow-struggler, giving voice to the questions we may ponder but never bring up....This questioning process...inspires us to pursue prayer more earnestly....[This book] will encourage you as you meet with God daily and bring the details of your life before Him. You'll develop a stronger prayer vocabulary and a richer sense of the mystery and joy of prayer.... (Presidential Prayer Team)
'...theological substance, quality of biblical reflection, and readability...make it accessible even to those coming to faith, Bible reading, or prayer for the first time....Yancey writes more as a journalist, with a sharp eye for detail and an investigative unwillingness to force conclusions....One of the chief benefits of Philip Yancey's work is that he'll go where the evidence leads....' (Christianity Today)
'...one of the many small evidences of this book's forcefulness is the number of times I did put it down -- the number of times I interrupted my reading because I was inspired to pray....[This] is the rare book about prayer that, rather than inadvertently distracting me from the pursuit of a praying life, actually prompts me to pray....' (Books and Culture)
'Philip Yancey is that rare example of a self-proclaimed recovering fundamentalists who is actually a spiritually healthy human being.' (Birmingham News)
'...the experience of reading 'Prayer' is similar to the experience of prayer itself: a meandering journey with streaks of brillance, communion, illumination, and satisfaction....'Prayer' is a reader-friendly book, peppered with vignettes and sidebars from people attesting to the power of prayer....[It] is subtle, elusive, and evanescent, inviting readers to discern their own meaning....'Prayer' can help reinvigorate a prayer life. It invites us to believe that God is listening.' (The Plain Dealer)
'[Prayer] is well researched, captivating, and meets the reader right where he/she is at in the moment....If you are like me and have difficulties in praying then this book is a must for you.' (1340MAG.com)
'He knows that the main purpose of prayer is not to make life easier, but to know God.' (Christian Science Sentinal) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Read this book if you:
Wonder what is the point of prayer.
Are stale or confused about prayer.
Are curious about what Christians mean when they say "Pray about it." or "Let me pray for you."
If you don't believe in God, then sure, prayer is strange or might be seen as a healthy relaxation technique. But I ask you to read this book with the question in your mind, "What if God is real and there is something to this practice of communicating with him?" That is not a very wide opening for an open minded person, is it? May God bless you in this.
He covers 5 sections in this wonderful resource on prayer: Keeping company with God, unraveling the mysteries, the language of prayer, prayer dilemmas and the practice of prayer. He also has other good resources on prayer which are of benefit. I so appreciate his honesty and what happens when things do not turn out like one has expected.
He also draws insight from many different perspectives and many different ways to pray such as the following Franciscan Benediction;
May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
God spoke to me, encouraged me and challenged me to pray more through this book and he will do the same for you.