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Posted January 11, 2013
I will be recommending this book to a lot of friends. I love his tone and his approach. I have changed my approach to prayer and improved my prayers and increased my desire to pray with this book. This book will help you get rid of the guilt and learn to talk to God from your heart, the way it's meant to be.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 10, 2010
The best book on prayer that I've read in a long time
I really, really enjoyed this book and thought it was one of the best prayer books I've read in years. This isn't a book that just lays out a procedure for how to pray and a formula of what to do and tells the reader how to follow it. Instead, it gets into the heart of a Christian and into the importance of prayer with topics such as praying like a child, learning to trust again, learning to ask your Father, and living in the Father's story. The book discusses some of the barriers to a good prayer life, like cynicism, trust, the influence of Western culture on our mindsets, and naive optimism (to name a few) and also talks about the role of prayer in developing a deep relationship with God. I found these chapters to be really thought-provoking and saw myself and my way of thinking in many of the discussions. Throughout all these chapters, the author continually shares stories from his own life- many about his adult daughter who suffers from autism, and shows how God has worked in his family over the years. Only after the issues and challenges that face a believer in his or her prayer life have been thoroughly discussed does he get into the final section, praying in real life. In this section, the author makes some great suggestions about prayer tools. I'm especially intrigued by the idea of prayer cards, rather than a traditional prayer journal, and plan to implement that method immediately! When I'm reading a book for review, I usually mark sections that I especially liked and want to talk about in the review. I got to the end of this book and looked down to realize that I'd flagged about one in ten pages. A bit much to share in this review! I think it really spoke to me because the author is so open and honest about his own struggles-in life and in his prayer, and was also honest about the work that God did in his life while he waited for his prayers to be answered. I'll close with one of my favorite paragraphs, which I think sums up the general idea of this book so well. "We don't need a praying life because that is our duty. That would wear thin quickly. We need time to be with our Father every day because every day our hearts and the hearts of those around us are overgrown with weeds. We need to reflect on our lives and engage God with the condition of our souls and the souls he has entrusted to our care or put in our paths. In a fallen world, these things do not come automatically." If you're a Christian and would like a deeper, more intimate prayer life (and I think that category includes most of us), take a look at this wonderful book. Disclosure: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Great Book! Informative Topic!
I'd also like to recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score" by R.A. Clark. It's revealing look at the power of forgiveness. If you ever felt trapped by anger, guilt, resentment and/or pain, then this book is for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2010
A Praying Life
As a blogger for Navpress publishers I had the recent opportunity to review Paul E. Miller's book, A Praying Life. The best way to desribe this book would be to say it is a cross between a prayer intruction manual/ textbook, psychology book, inspirational guide and self help book rolled into one volume. For anyone who wants a jump start to get motivated to pray and to learn about the power of prayer, this is the perfect book. This book will succeed in getting even the most skeptic of readers, thinking more about the importance of prayer in his/ her own life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
One shortcoming of this book, is that the author makes use of personal anecdotes based on his own life and experiences as a father and spiritual leader/ pastor. Many readers may find it difficult to relate to the intense spiritual life of the author, Paul E. Miller, and one may argue that this author is predisposed to having an intense prayer life. How many readers can relate to teenagers who genuinely pray and are honest enough to voice their concerns about prayers that go unanswered? How many of us are pastors, or come from a pastor's family or are married to a pasto? While Miller's personal stories are an attempt at making a personal connection with the reader, I believe they will serve to alienate many reader. For most of us, we do not have the spiritual backing or support from our families or church that the author enjoys inorder to pursue spiritual endeavors.
Nevertheless, the use of personal anecdotes, does not detract from the overall purpose of the book. I believe this is a valuable resource as an inspriational book to motivate the reader to prayer as well as an instructional guide to ease the transition into a deeper relationship with God through prayer. The idea of prayer cards, introduced in the book, is a pretty unique concept, and is a concrete and real way by which anyone can get started into prayer. As a blogger for Navpress publishers, I recieved a copy of this book for the purpose of writing a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Posted April 15, 2010
Wonderful book on prayer
I am happy to share with you a book I listened to and finished last week called A Praying Life by Paul Miller. The title is so fitting for what this book is about....learning to have a life filled with prayer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I felt the author did a wonderful job keeping things real for the reader. He shared stories from his personal life when God answered particular prayers, things he's learned about prayer, and how he has prayed for his children. One of his daughters has autism and he used many stories about struggles they have faced in helping her through the years.
Listening to this audio book has been a wonderful reminder to me of the power of prayer and the importance of covering our lives in prayer. God hears our prayers and desires for us to pray to Him.
The narrator was also easy to listen to on this book.
This audio book was provided through christianaudio Reviewers Program.
Posted August 18, 2009
Engaging, Transparent and Practical Book on Prayer
Paul Miller has written an engaging, transparent and practical book on prayer. His connection to his everyday life, filled with trials and tribulations (their daughter Kim struggles with autism and developmental delay). This 'real world' approach to prayer lends credibility and quality to the read. Enjoying prayer and our conversation with the Lord is what this book brings to one's life - returning to a close walk with the God who loves us. In his easy to read style, Miller encourages us to 'live in your Father's story.' By this he means "you can't listen to God if you are isolated from a life of surrender that draws you into his story for your life." In essence, this is what the five sections of this book does, using humor, pain and his real life adventures as a backdrop for our return into his presence. This may be one of the best books written on prayer in decades, since it combines sound Biblical truth and tested street leather application. I highly recommend this book and encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself and for a friend - this is a great book for a group journey deeper into God's presence.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2011
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Posted December 24, 2009
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