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Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A thoughtful and much-needed book on prayer

Prayer is a cross-cultural and ageless practice. But what, exactly, is it? A tough question Philip Yancey tackles in this latest book. Many times prayer is a thinly disguised wish list or an attempt to manipulate someone into doing something we want them to do. But is t...
Prayer is a cross-cultural and ageless practice. But what, exactly, is it? A tough question Philip Yancey tackles in this latest book. Many times prayer is a thinly disguised wish list or an attempt to manipulate someone into doing something we want them to do. But is that what Jesus taught? Are those examples found in the Bible? The short answer...no. Mr. Yancey uses the prayers of the origial prayer revolutionary and the Psalms to explore what prayer is meant to be. Many times what was meant to be and what is, are miles apart. Sidebars contained within the book cover the gamet of emotions when it comes to prayer--happy, sad, struggling to just hang on. He writes as a sojourner, not as one that has all the answers. I feel as though I can explore along with him and draw my own conclusions. His conclusions, many times, are contrary to what is practiced today and some of which would be unpopular in many circles. If you struggle with prayer-what it is, what it has become, what it was meant to be-this book is for you. Another outstanding book from Philip Yancey.

posted by Anonymous on November 2, 2006

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Does it Make a Difference?

Philip Yancey covers the subject of prayer in great detail, and just like the subtitle of this book, he asks lots of questions. I did not find this book to be an instruction manual about how to pray, but rather guides the reader to change how they think about prayer. I ...
Philip Yancey covers the subject of prayer in great detail, and just like the subtitle of this book, he asks lots of questions. I did not find this book to be an instruction manual about how to pray, but rather guides the reader to change how they think about prayer. I found the book almost too much to digest, and wish it were easier to grasp what Mr. Yancey was trying to portray.

My favourite part of this book was the individual interviews or writings by a number of various people who discussed their personal thoughts about prayer. Jim quoted on page 141, "Nowadays I don't spend time worrying, "Is God there or not?" I assume God's presence. I don't spend much time asking God for things either. Specific requests are almost a joke to me. Mainly, I want reassurance that God loves me, and that he understands what I'm concerned about. I've learned to trust God. When I do that, everything else slides down in importance."

I found it much easier to relate to the inserts written by these individuals than to the author's words. I have read other books by Philip Yancey, but found this one just harder to get into. However, this book is one that I will definitely keep on the bookshelf and I will try to read through it again. Maybe I will get more out of it the next time.

posted by JanetRuth on March 7, 2010

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  • Posted March 7, 2010

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    Does it Make a Difference?

    Philip Yancey covers the subject of prayer in great detail, and just like the subtitle of this book, he asks lots of questions. I did not find this book to be an instruction manual about how to pray, but rather guides the reader to change how they think about prayer. I found the book almost too much to digest, and wish it were easier to grasp what Mr. Yancey was trying to portray.

    My favourite part of this book was the individual interviews or writings by a number of various people who discussed their personal thoughts about prayer. Jim quoted on page 141, "Nowadays I don't spend time worrying, "Is God there or not?" I assume God's presence. I don't spend much time asking God for things either. Specific requests are almost a joke to me. Mainly, I want reassurance that God loves me, and that he understands what I'm concerned about. I've learned to trust God. When I do that, everything else slides down in importance."

    I found it much easier to relate to the inserts written by these individuals than to the author's words. I have read other books by Philip Yancey, but found this one just harder to get into. However, this book is one that I will definitely keep on the bookshelf and I will try to read through it again. Maybe I will get more out of it the next time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2013

    Recommended

    I have read most of Philip Yancey's books & I think he is a thoughtful & puts felling in his books. However I think this is one of his weaker efforts. I think the book is not as well written as his other books. I think it is ok, but not as good as other books on prayer.

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