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A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World Paperback – April 5, 2017
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I know there are a million, zillion books about prayer out there -- but this is really one you should sit with for a while, a long while. I learned an awful lot from it -- but more importantly, it actually motivated me to stop reading and start praying --Lauren F. Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Real Sex<br /><br />What a refreshing book! If you're tired of religious prayer games and rote prayers that stop at the ceiling or if you have suspected that God was on vacation somewhere, this book will change your life. And if you're thinking about giving up on prayer, don't! At least not until you've read this book. When you have, you'll thank me for recommending it to you. --Steve Brown, Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary; teacher on the syndicated radio program Key Life --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Prayer, the concept and the practice, exposes our core doubts and desperation for God. Paul Miller captures the promise of prayer as a gift that connects us to the heart of the Father and as a path for transforming the world. Paul’s honest struggle with living a life full of prayer and his childlike delight in hearing the heart of God invite us to gratitude and call us to speak boldly to our God. This book will be like having the breath of God at your back. Let it lift you to new hope. (Dan B. Allender, PhD, author of Bold Love)
A Praying Life is a deeply moving testimony to God’s power in prayer. Paul Miller shares his life and biblical wisdom to instill in us, his readers, a “heart that becomes a factory of prayer”―that is, a passion to speak to God honestly and in a way that will change our life and the lives of others for whom we pray. (Tremper Longman III, PhD, author of Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind)
Paul Miller refuses to separate the spiritual life from the rest of our daily living. In A Praying Life, he shows the difference that constant communication with Christ makes in the everyday experiences of life, especially the life of the family. Reading this book will help you make prayer a more important part of your own life story by integrating prayer into the daily routines of life. (Philip Ryken, author of The Message of Salvation)
This is as fine a book on prayer as you will ever read, but it is so much more. It is the story of our struggle to actually live like we believe that our heavenly Father really does love us. If we did, nothing could keep us from being committed to the day-by-day hard work of prayer. Paul Miller exegetes our struggle in a way that is convicting, insight giving, and encouraging. This is a book on prayer that actually makes you want to pray! (Paul David Tripp, president, Paul Tripp Ministries)
In my library, I have perhaps twenty different volumes on prayer, but none captured my heart or propelled me into fresh communion with our Father as much as A Praying Life. Finally, a book that applies the radical implications of the gospel of God’s grace to prayer! With childlike wonder, sage-like wisdom, and heartfelt candor, Paul shows us that to pray is to see Jesus more clearly and meet him more regularly in every single aspect and moment of the day. Thanks, my friend, for calling me back to what really matters. (Scotty Smith, teacher in residence, West End Community Church)
Charles Spurgeon wrote, “Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work.” Paul Miller’s superb book calls us back to this “greater work,” reminding us of the joy we find in our Lord’s presence and equipping us with practical insight on how to recapture the intimacy and power of a praying life. (Ken Sande, founder, Relational Wisdom 360)
If Jesus or Jesus’ saving grace is just an abstraction to you, Paul Miller will be a great help in making his love a living reality to your heart. (Tim Keller, author of The Reason for God)
Honest, realistic, mature, wise, deep. Warmly recommended. (J. I. Packer)
A book on prayer that actually makes you want to pray! (Paul David Tripp)
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Don't read if you don't want to be challenged with some difficult questions. Read this book if you want help breaking through a stagnant walk with God. Thank you Tim for recommending this book.
It's a thoughtful book and I gained new insights about prayer by reading it. I rarely read a book a second time--but I will read this one again to be sure I retain what I have learned.
The author begins with a frank admission that, "It's hard to pray." She addressed many of my "prayer problems" such as wandering thoughts, wondering if prayer really "does any good," how personal is God, and what do we do with Jesus' extravagant promises about prayer.
My favorite chapters addressed the topic of "cynicism," since I don't recall reading any other books that talk about our difficulty to trust. Cynicism is rampant in our culture and it's contagious.
I loved the author's personal illustrations concerning his daughter, his honesty, and his willingness to address questions most of us have in relation to God and prayer. Also his thoughts on praying continuously--a praying life.
The author provides practical suggestions such as journaling and prayer cards.
Christian believers may have other books on prayer in their libraries, but this one definitely needs a place. If reading it results in "a praying life," all the better. It's what Jesus' followers need and what God desires for all of us.
Reviewed by Carole Ledbetter, author of "Who Am I Now? Growing Through Life's Changing Seasons."