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Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

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4 out of 4 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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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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 June 9, 2010

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    Prayer does make a difference

    Philip Yancey's scholarly research on the subject of prayer is evidenced in his book. I found the book helpful; especially his list of Prayer Resources. He referenced the works of Henri Nouwen and C.S. Lewis who also were great thinkers of their time.
    The book includes interviews he has had with other people on prayer.
    After reading this book, I realized more than ever that prayer does make a difference.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    Coupled with Speak To The Demons

    This book coupled with the spiritual self-help book 'Speak To The Demons' by Gerald T. Dolphus is awesome. Mr. Yancey gives spiritual self-help information that will encourage the reader regarding the power of prayer and how it makes a difference. Pastor Dolphus gives spiritual truths which suggests and confirms the power God gives us to exercise our right to speak to our situation. Using God's word to speak to various situations has a breakthrough affect on our issues. You must pick up Speak to the Demons, NEXT BEST SELLER.

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