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Edward McKendree Bounds , E. M. Bounds
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July 1983
Edward McKendree Bounds (1835-1913), a native of Missouri, was a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He worked throughout the South, including with the Confederate armies during the Civil War, and many of his eleven books focused on prayer, including Power Through Prayer.
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Whitaker House (July 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088368117X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883681176
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds is a matchless study of this most vital subject. In an age when material matters are paramount, Bounds draws the mind of the believer to his or her highest calling - prayer. Diminutive in size, yet dynamic in content, Power Through Prayer levels a hard hitting challenge at all believers, particularly those engaged in full time ministry. Bounds diagnoses the problem of the modern church as finding its root in a lack of prayerfulness among its preachers and people. His style is literary, earnest and powerful. With helpful and quotable passages taken from the writings and lives of such men as Spurgeon, Hyde, and Wesley, Power Through Prayer issues a call to real and immediate prayerfulness. The central dichotomy of the work sets the ministry of the prayer-empowered preacher against those of certain preachers whose ministry is legal, professional, prayerless, and dead. An honest, well written wake up warning to all engaged in the Lord's work, I recommend this book unreservedly and counsel all believers - young and old - to buy it, read it and practice it. A genuinely life changing book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Edward McKendree Bounds (1835-1913), was a mighty man of God, a Methodist minister and devotional writer. Born in Shelby Country, Missouri, he first became a lawyer, but after the American Civil War he became a minister for the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. Bounds is most remembered today for his "Spiritual Life Books," all of which were written in the last seventeen years of his life, after a lifetime of serving God and his fellow man.
This wonderful book was written by Rev. Bounds as advice to the preacher, and in it he tells the reader why prayer is important, how to pray, and what it means. But, don't get the idea that this is a philosophical work directed at learned readers. Instead, this book is wonderful advice on prayer that will inform and convict any Christian reader.
Indeed, I must say that Rev. Bounds really knew what he was talking about. The book is very readable, and I found myself convicted by what he had to say. This is a great book on prayer, one that I would recommend for any and every preacher, and also any and every other Christian. This is a Christian classic that I highly recommend to all believers.
By the way, here's a great quote from Power Through Prayer: "What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use-men of prayer, men mighty in prayer." As true today as the day it was written!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book transforming the time with God 21 Sep 2010
By Essey
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Excellent book not only on prayer but also on relationship with God. Short chapters to the point. Essential for any one who ministers or considers ministering in a church. Every chapter is a powerful word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best prayer books ever! 8 Oct 2013
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There is a reason this book is a classic.Few writers can write things with such clarity and power as Bounds. This should be a "must read" for all preachers!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-READ FOR ALL PREACHERS ! ! 3 Feb 1999
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E.M. Bounds wrote 9 books, 7 of which were on the subject of prayer. My spiritual grandfather, Leonard Ravenhill, said of this book when he got it, "I purposed to go through this book at once. But I didn't do that. This book went through me!" Power Through Prayer is power-packed with sketches of the lives of some great men of prayer throughout the centuries. It is by far my most recommended book on the subject of prayer. Buy extra copies for all your friends, as well as any ministers you know. It'll bless their socks off!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dose of Prayer Motivation, Inspiration, and Passion 1 Mar 2002
By Todd Hudnall - Published on Amazon.com
There are many good resources on the subject of prayer; however, once you've understood the basics, I've discovered the greatest way to learn to pray is simply to pray. "Power Through Prayer" is packed with inspiration and motivation to get you started and to keep you praying. Bounds' primary target is the minister of the Gospel. His aim is sure and his words will certainly penetrate any sincere but prayerless preacher's heart. E.M. Bounds was a tireless man of prayer, whose words ring with authenticity, passion, and conviction. I have the entire series of Bounds' eight short books on the subject of prayer. "Power Through Prayer" is by far my favorite and a book I regularly go back to when my own prayer life is losing its fire. For a dose of prayer motivation, inspiration, and passion there is no better book than this classic 128-page work, "Power Through Prayer."
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Book on Powerful Praying! 24 Jun 2004
By Michael Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
While Bounds has written a classic on how important prayer is for the pastor, the layperson can also learn much about prayer.
Among the important points covered include:
1. God is looking for better men and prayer is the preacher's most powerful weapon.
2. Powerful prayer and powerful preaching are inseparably linked.
3. For great preachers, God is the center of their attention and prayer is the road to God.
4. Keep God first in your morning thoughts.
5. Holy character is formed by real and powerful praying.
6. He who has prayed well also studies well.
7. God can work wonders when He can find suitable people.
Read and enjoy this classic and be encouraged to be a more powerful person of prayer!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Not For The Weak Kneed 31 July 2005
By Seeking Disciple - Published on Amazon.com
E.M. Bounds books are very convicting. In fact, few writers can touch a saints heart like E.M. Bounds. His words (while over 100 years old) are still full of truth. Without a doubt Bounds writes as a man with a passion for Jesus Christ who knows that power truly only comes through prayer.

In our "modern" era it is often the duty of leaders in the church to look more like business CEO's rather than biblical servants of Christ. Churches "hire" men based on their resumes rather than their brokeness and their humility nor are they much concerned with their prayer lives. Bounds attacks this false Christianity head on. He shows that power comes through prayer. Much head knowledge is no substitute, says Bounds, to a dynamic prayer life. If we are to preach Christ, we must pray!

While popular preachers such as Osteen, Warren, Stanley, and others sell books full of milk - Bounds books don't sell because of their truth. The "purpose driven" church knows nothing of what Bounds writes and never will until we learn the lesson of Isaiah 31:1 and then we will pray (Luke 18:1). Read this book and weep.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most powerful little book ever written! 16 Nov 2004
By Paul West - Published on Amazon.com
I wish I could give this book 10 stars. E.M. Bounds wrote a book on prayer, and the result was a little book of timeless dynamite that goes straight for the jugular.

If this book doesn't drop you to your knees, nothing will. I've read a few books on prayer by such titans as Watchman Nee and Andrew Murray, but this book is certainly THE ultimate. Bounds was a Civil War chaplain and a Methodist preacher back in the 1800's -- the "old school days" when holiness was the standard and the Glory of the Lord filled the meetings. This, simply, is a book on prayer by a praying man who spent a lifetime on his knees before the Lord.

Bounds had a great way of laying tremendous spiritual truths into short, third grade level sentences. Quick reading (only 120 pages), but you'll want to read it over and over again to soak up all the glorious treasures. You'll spend a lifetime musing over them, incorporating the truths into your time spent alone with God. Bounds doesn't teach you how to pray, but the book's guaranteed to get you on your knees where Jesus will.

This has got to be the all-time classic on prayer, period. I can't imagine a more powerful, concise, or influential treatise on the subject. It's the best there is. Every line is inspired, not one sentence is wasted or superfluous. The book is worth over ten thousand dollars, but most Christian book stores have it in their bargain bin for under five bucks. God is so awesome!

Take advantage of this blessing and get the book! Your prayer life will be changed forever as you get closer and closer to Jesus.
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