A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

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by Paul Miller, David Powlison
     
 

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Author Paul Miller shares his insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer—even poorly delivered—to fill the gaps with meaning and substance. Miller’s down-to-earth approach and practical nature will help you see that your relationship with God can grow and your communication with Him can get better.

Overview

Author Paul Miller shares his insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer—even poorly delivered—to fill the gaps with meaning and substance. Miller’s down-to-earth approach and practical nature will help you see that your relationship with God can grow and your communication with Him can get better. Parents will find Miller’s family-life experiences especially helpful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615215195
Publisher:
The Navigators
Publication date:
02/27/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
87,266
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Paul Miller is director of seeJesus.net, an organization that develops interactive Bible studies for small groups. He is the author of Love Walked Among Us (NavPress), The PrayerLife Study, The Person of Jesus, an interactive study of the wonder of Jesus and his love. He also travels widely and teaches Jesus Weekends, Person of Jesus seminars, and PrayerLife seminars. Paul and his wife, Jill, have six children and live near Philadelphia.

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A Praying Life 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Book On Prayer .....Ever This book made me want to pray instead of making me feel guilty for not praying or incapable of measuring up to E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer (which is an awesome classic and an excellent read). Miller inspires prayer perhaps Bounds leaves me admiring prayer. Thank you Paul Miller for flaming a greater passion for prayer!
LauraN More than 1 year ago
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.
jquilter More than 1 year ago
This book and the study guide were used by our study group. It was one of our best, but not easiest, studies. We all felt we learned and grew from the study.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
A Praying Life by Paul E Miller has got to be the most practical, all-inclusive, intimate, deep, personal, and relational book on prayer I have ever read! His personal life examples illuminate his prayer perspectives, goals, and illustrations. Helplessness equals power when God is in charge of your prayer life. Parts 1-5 include some of the following: 1. Learning to Pray Like a Child: talking to your Father, spending time with your Father, and learning to be helpless. 2. Learning to Trust Again: coming out of the world of cynicism and following Jesus. 3. Learning to Ask Your Father: why is it to hard for us to ask, just how personal is God, and surrendering our own will completely. 4. Living in Your Father's Story: how your life is the Father's love story, dealing with unanswered prayer, and living in hope. 5. Praying in Real Life: practical tools to help you keep on track with your prayer life, learning to really listen to God's voice,and using a prayer journal and/or cards. Of the above parts, number five is my favorite, as it teaches me how to practically apply what I learned in the first four chapters. Now, don't get me wrong, the first four parts are full of dynamite pieces of wisdom as well! Such titles include: What good does it do to pray? Ask like a child. Pray like Jesus prayed. Prayer equals helplessness. The secular world's removal of the Shepherd from Psalm 23! Spotting Jesus! Good asking. Character change-too scary! Our prayers shape us. Life in the desert. And much, much more. I would highly recommend Paul's book for Sunday School, Bible study, personal growth, and personal devotions, i.e., everyone. This book is a 'keeper' for my shelf for future use and referral! A definite 5.0 rating! This book was provided free by NavPress in exchange for my honest review.
bookreviewer1977 More than 1 year ago
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."
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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.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
CJC67 More than 1 year ago
This book has changed my life! It has shown me I'm not the only one who's mind wonders while praying. How to come to God as a child and so what is truly in my heart! We ALL need to have a Praying Life you just need this book to get you started!
bp0602 More than 1 year ago
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. 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.