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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2006

    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 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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Excellent book!

    I checked out this book from our local library twice. After going to check it out a third time, I decided to buy it so I would have a copy of my own. I also ordered two copies to give as gifts. It is a book that I like to pick up and read a chapter from time to time. The author writes about things I think about and questions I have also had myself. I liked his writing so much that I ordered two more books by him in the last few weeks. I think you will really enjoy having a copy of this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Essentials of Prayer

    Yancey is not an easy read; he has his own style and once you get into his rhythm it reads smoother.

    The book is filled with wonderful insights about prayer and our approaches to prayer; what we expect from prayer and from God; and stumbling blocks we commonly have.

    I find his insight and perspective most helpful

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Yancey's a favorite!

    Yancey has a gift for clarifying difficult subjects without watering them down. Prayer engaged both my mind and my heart. Doesn't get better than that.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2007

    Essential reading for everyone who prays

    This is Yancey's best by far. I pray regularly, but it has given me a whole new outlook. It is extremely readable, while at the same time provoking deep thought. A wonderful contribution to the literature on prayer.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Good read

    Very good book.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

    I made me desire to pray more. Pray real. Pray in earnest.

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