The Art of Prayer

The Art of Prayer

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by Timothy Jones, J. I. Packer
     
 

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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.”
–Philip Yancey

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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.”
–Philip Yancey

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.”
–Eugene Peterson

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.”
Publishers Weekly

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The Art of Prayer
“I cannot commend The Art of Prayer too highly. Here at last is a book on prayer that transcends traditions. Timothy Jones has given us a book that is deep, yet accessible; serious, yet with wonderful flashes of humor and insight. This is a book for spiritual pygmies who long to be giants–in short, a book for all of us.”
–Lord Carey, the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury

“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.”
–Philip Yancey, author of Soul Survivor

“[A] fine introduction to prayer as well as a deeply reflective meditation.… [This book] will appeal to a broad readership because of Jones’s luminous prose and his lucid insights.”
–Publishers Weekly“Prayer, the expression of our deepest and most essential selves, also names our most pervasive inadequacy. And so we need guides, men and women who return us to our true selves and encourage us to do what is most natural to us. Timothy Jones is a reassuring guide: He 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.”
–Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message

“A wisely human, spiritually practical, and wonderfully interesting book about the most important project of my life: deeper friendship and more effective communication with the Maker of the Universe. If it proves half as helpful to others as it has already been to me, it will have been a splendid gift to us all.”
–the late Lewis Smedes, author of Forgive and Forget

“Many Americans, surveys reveal, are eager to have an encounter with the living God, yet they too often feel sidetracked by concern over such questions as Is God really approachable? and What do I say when I pray? Tim Jones addresses such concerns with clarity and freshness, enabling readers to come closer to realizing their heartfelt desire to hear and serve God.”
–George Gallup Jr.

“Jones provides reassurance and inspiration on a topic of importance to a growing number of readers.”
Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578568499
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/17/2005
Edition description:
REV Study Guide included
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,243,348
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.53(d)

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Meet the Author

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.

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The Art of Prayer 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
lovetolearn16 More than 1 year ago
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!
Granne More than 1 year ago
We are reading The Art of Prayer for our small group and enjoying the insights we gain.
Landover More than 1 year ago
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.