A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World Paperback – 15 May 2009
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From the Back Cover
In fact, prayer is so hard that most of us simply do not pray unless an illness or a public setting, such as saying grace at a meal, demands it. Prayerlessness is rooted in a core unbelief that can shape our lives, even as Christians. Because of prayerlessness, our lives are often marked by fear, anxiety, joylessness, and spiritual lethargy.
If prayerlessness marks your life more often than not, then this book is for you. Basing his text on the popular PrayerLife seminar, which has encouraged thousands of Christians to a vibrant prayer life, Paul Miller writes to the heart of the matter. This is, indeed, the book for any Christian who wants to know the joy and power of a vibrant prayer life.
About 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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I'm ashamed to admit that I almost put this book aside after just a few chapters, when it became apparent that nearly every illustration the author used was going to be about his family and especially about his special-needs daughter. For some reason, I found that unappealing and vaguely depressing.
However, I've glad I stuck with the book, because it very quickly started dealing with prayer in a no-nonsense, nuts-and-bolts, life-in-the-real-world manner that was quite unlike anything else I've read recently. The author doesn't shy away from any of the difficulties with (or objections to) prayer. During the period when I was reading this book, I frequently 'caught' myself praying at odd moments during the day, almost subconsciously.
There's just something unique about this book - I don't envy the author his family life, and one or two of his anecdotes actually made me dislike him slightly - but I think it's a book that will get you praying.
It even covers a 'new' method which I've found helpful - using filing cards to hold your prayer list, rather than a scrap of paper or notebook.
I know this is an awful cliché, but if you're only going to read one book about prayer this year... read this one!
This is possibly the best book on prayer I've ever read, and I've read many. It's not often that you get a Christian book that combines solid theology with practical guidance: many good ones are strong on one side and weaker on the other. This one not only beautifully combines both: it goes one step further to add the author's personal stories, to show how what he's saying works out in real life. And the stories don't feel in the least bit self-aggrandising.
And the result? A book that challenged misconceptions about prayer I didn't realise I had, but in a way that made me more eager to pray and also giving me very practical ways to go about it such that halfway into the book, my praying was already starting to feel more real. Be warned though: it's not all excitement. There's hard stuff in here too: and I don't mean hard to understand, I mean hard in actual experience. He shares difficult stories and deals with the issue of unanswered prayer in a way that's manages to face the reality of how hard it is while staying true to the Bible and still remaining encouraging.
This book won't just make you better at praying. It goes one further: it'll show you how praying helps you to be better at living.
This was one of those books, that having read on kindle I will buy a hard copy because I feel there is so much I want to mark/note and re-read through the years.
The timing was great for me and I feel excited about the story I am part of!
Thanks Paul for your work, your honesty and taking the time to share what God has shown you with us all!
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