Timothy Jones leads a campus ministry at Middle Tennessee State University and is an associate pastor at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of several noted books on the spiritual life, including Awake My Soul, A Place for God, Nurturing a Child’s Soul, and the bestselling Celebration of Angels. With pollster George Gallup, Jr., he coauthored The Next American Spirituality. He lives in the Nashville area with his wife and children.
The Art of Prayer: A Simple Guide to Conversation with Godby Timothy Jones
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“I often shrink from books about prayer, because they usually produce in me feelings of inadequacy. I was delighted to find Tim Jones to be a sympathetic, not intimidating, guide. He writes with humility, clarity, and practicality–exactly the qualities I want in a book on prayer.”
Revised and Expanded Edition with Study Guide Included
“Timothy Jones…guides us into a life of prayer not by cramming us with knowledge and technique, but by quietly returning us to simplicity of soul and the presence of God.”
Something within us wants to grow closer to the God who loves to relate to us. But we often hesitate. Even though we have a desire to pray, questions nag us:
Can I pray when I feel distant from God?
Is it okay to ask God for help in “little” things?
What do I do when I don’t know what to say?
What sense can I make of seemingly unanswered prayer?
How do I keep growing closer to God?
In The Art of Prayer, Timothy Jones honestly shares his own struggles with prayer and invites you to be honest–and hopeful–as well. Offering biblically wise, warmly instructive explorations of our questions, Jones considers how you can become fluent in the world’s simplest language: talking with God.
Includes a full-length inductive Bible study guide on prayer, ideal for small groups or individual readers.
“…wisely human, spiritually practical, and wonderfully interesting.”
– the late Lewis Smedes, author of My God and I
“…luminous prose and…lucid insights.”
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I find myself returning to this book time and time again for encouragement in my prayer life. Pastor Jones addresses common questions and concerns about the efficacy of prayer with honesty, but directs the reader back to a loving God who invites us to open our hearts to him and rest in his promises to hear us. The reader is reminded that our words don't matter as much as we sometimes think--in fact, our preoccupation with "getting prayer right" oftentimes becomes the biggest obstacle to regular and routine conversation with our heavenly Father. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter and the simple prayers at the end serve as inspiring bookends to the thought-provoking content offered by the author. The Bible study suggestions at the end of the book can be used in personal study or with a group, taking the reader deeper into what Scripture has to say about the blessing of prayer. A great read on an important topic!
We are reading The Art of Prayer for our small group and enjoying the insights we gain.
Ordinarily I love this kind of literature, so I was very disappointed to find this writing both uninspiring and uninteresting. Just hoped I could save someone from the same experience.