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Prayer: The Timeless Secret of High-Impact Leaders Paperback – June 1, 2008
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"Do NOT read this book if you want information. Read this book only if you desire a transformation. It will drive you to your knees."
Dr. Ergun M.Caner
GOLD MEDALLION AUTHOR OF Unveiling Islam, PRESIDENT AND DEAN OF THE SEMINARY-LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AND GRADUATE SCHOOL
"David Earley has written an important book that calls all of us to a higher prayer commitment. We all want to be high impact leaders...but we must remember that we will never go as high as God intends without continual, fervent prayer."
SR. PASTOR, THOMAS ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF SPIRITUAL AFFAIRS AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
About the Author
DAVE EARLEY is the Chairman of the Department of Pastoral Leadership and Director of the Center for Pastoral Leadership for Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Liberty University. He is also the Director of the Lovett Center for Ministry Training and the Liberty Center for Church Planting of Liberty University.
He is the author of several books, including The 21 Most Effective Prayers of the Bible and The Eight Habits of Effective Small Group Leaders.
Earley founded New Life Church of Columbus, Ohio, in his basement with 12 people in 1985. The church grew to nearly 2,000 weekly attendees with 125 small groups.
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Each chapter includes application questions, worksheets and guidelines to help the reader "focus, stretch, rekindle, and renew" their prayer life. David also includes anecdotes and quotes found in their writings and in their biographies. Biblical leaders include lessons from Gideon, Daniel, David, Peter, and Paul.
Augustine, John Bunyan, John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards are classic examples of men of prayer quoted throughout the book. Henry Blackaby, Billy Graham, Jack Hayford, and Charles Swindoll are representative of the more contemporary prayer warriors included.
I found the chapter entitled "Build on the Basics" particularly beneficial. As the title suggests the many elements of prayer were included. The suggestions for "applying" make this a valuable tool to return to often while rediscovering the truth of Oswald Sanders observation, "Prayer influences men by influencing God to influence them."
Dave is articulate and a skilled communicator. I appreciated the natural flow of his writing. Whether drawing attention to an important scripture passage, a powerful quotation, or when drawing an illustration from his experience I found myself engaged in the application. The final chapter includes: prayer life lessons, a prayer life inventory, a prayer life assessment, a prayer life application, and a prayer life goal.
Dave Earley's writing conveys a genuine and intimate relationship with the Savior and a heart concern for motivating Christian leaders to "pray more fervently, more frequently, more effectively, and more contagiously than ever before." This is a book for high-impact leaders at every level of ministry and influence
Like all other texts that are not the Bible, one must sift through the material to separate wheat from weed and determine what are nuggets of truth to be remembered and applied, and what is not worth further consideration. In Earley’s case, it is much harder to do so. One can easily quote Earley out of context to suggest that he is teaching errant doctrines. For example, on Earley’s teaching regarding influencing G-d to influence others, one could haphazardly state that Earley is advocating that prayer manipulates G-d into action. This very concept is problematic as man cannot manipulate G-d. In context, however, there is a deeper issue at hand: G-d’s sovereignty and man’s free will. In Earley’s case, Earley believes wholeheartedly in absolute free will, to the point where G-d’s sovereignty is seemingly restricted from action to allow free will to exist. Earley quotes S.D. Gordon in his book a few times, and Gordon is known for his view that G-d restricts Himself from acting on His will to allow man’s free will to exist.Read more ›
Dr. Early's work covers prayer from a large historical and movement specific context. Each chapter lays out a separate discipline and purpose, starting with the "Value of Prayer" and moving consecutively through eight additional practices.Read more ›
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This book is both challenging and at the same time practical. It highlights the results of the prayer life of individuals who saw great change in their ministry through prayer.Published 16 months ago by Susan B.
This is the best book on prayer that I have ever read. I would recommend this book to every Christian Leader.Published 19 months ago by Encourager Linda Flagg, MA
I'm not done with this book yet, but it has proved to be very inspiring and helpful!! I don't want to hurry the process along, because the intent of the book is to encourage one... Read morePublished on April 22, 2014 by jeffs
(I have the latest version of this book. There is a new cover and a new title. However, I really wanted to post this review on Amazon.com because I was so impacted by it. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by resahj
Great book!! Easy reading. Many great disciplines for a greater prayer life. The book was required for class and I'm glad I read it.Published on February 18, 2014 by Paula dw