A superb and evocative manual written by one of the finest theological scholars of the early 20th century, The Soul of Prayer explains to readers the multi-faceted nature of prayer. How it promotes introspection and spiritual awareness, and a closeness with God that imparts a serenity to the soul, is examined.
Those reading this book will gain a better understanding of how prayer, practiced regularly and with a genuine heartfelt purpose, can instill the principles of Christianity. The moral imperative that all Christians aim for in life, as well as the deepening of the spiritual life, are accomplished with prayer - in demonstrating how such qualities were known to several of God's chosen messengers, the author quotes the Biblical scripture.
P. T. Forsyth was a theologian and academic of religion based in Scotland. He spent a lifetime acquiring a thorough understanding of the Bible and the message of prophets such as Jesus Christ, whose character and deeds were a source of fascination for Forsyth. Seeking to express his scholarly opinions for generations to follow, Forsyth published more than twenty books.
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First four chapters were kind of flowery and "spiritual" sounding, too abstract where I couldn't pin down what the authro was getting at, at least, that's how I took it. Felt like I was reading the same ol' same ol' on prayer...nothing new.Then chapter 5 seemed to change tone, more practical and insightful, and by the time I got through the last two chapters (6 and 7), he had stated very meaningful and deep things about prayer in a way that I have never read about prayer in any other book. For example, in the last chaoter, the author states that insistent prayer is a form of resistence to God's will, "a resistance that God loves". He further suggests, "Prayer is an encounter of wills - till one or the other gives way."The last chapter makes reading the whole book, which is really short, worth it. I'm glad I didn't put it down as I was tempted to do while reading the earlier chapters.