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Learn More. Play Sample. Give as a Gift Send this book as a Gift! Book Rating 2. Duration: 11 hours 22 minutes. What is prayer? How does it work? And more importantly, does it work? In theory, prayer is the essential human act, a priceless point of contact between us and the God of the universe. In practice, prayer is often frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery.
Writing as a fellow pilgrim, Yancey explores such questions as: -Is God listening? It makes those of us who are comfortable stoic? I can honestly say that I felt reading much of this book was counterproductive rather than comforting. Oh, it has its good parts, incidents of endurance and persistence and faithfulness that are uplifting. It reminds us that prayer is a great stress-reliever and that a "person who is at peace, surrounded by loving support, will quite literally heal better, drawing on the resources of body, mind and spirit. But I don't know that these are earth-shaking revelations to any maturing Christian.
If you're struggling with the whys and wheretofores of prayer -- if you're angry or struggling with God -- then Yancey's "Prayer" may be a good place to start. But if you're reconciled to the fact that bad things happen to good people -- and good things happen to bad people, too -- then you might not want to invest the time in this one.
Jan 31, Dave Johnson rated it really liked it. A great book that present a holistic approach to prayer. It is utterly brilliant at times. I love Yancey because of his journalistic approach to theological issues that seems uninfluenced by any type of popular opinion. Too often I read books or listen to ministers only to hear them repeat what they've always heard, and they never seem to break out of the narrow paradigm of "set theology" that they just take for granted.
Yancey asks questions--sometimes hard questions--and he's comfortable embra A great book that present a holistic approach to prayer. Yancey asks questions--sometimes hard questions--and he's comfortable embracing doubt if that will lead to a greater truth. Prayer is a complex issue because there isn't just one aspect of it. When I mention prayer, people immediately assume it means asking God for things. That is included, but there are many types of prayer mentioned in the Bible. Today, almost everyone is too busy for a prayer life. If people pray at all, it's only for a couple of minutes.
This book takes a broader view of prayer and shows that all of our mothers and fathers of the faith spent a lot of time in prayer, and it's safe to say that their lives were changed by their prayer lives. Ultimately the greatest thing I took away from this book was my utter need to go to God in prayer every day. Even if it seems tedious and boring at times, it's important.
God loves our times of prayer, and at the end of the day, it allows me to spend time with God. Shelves: christian. Another book on Prayer 10 October This is the second Phillip Yancey book that I have read and I must admit that I found his style to be very confronting. Yancey doesn't pull any punches and he tells it like it is. In fact, he really seems to have his finger on the pulse of the human condition. In this book he tackles the subject of prayer, and it is not an easy subject to tackle, but he does it very well.
While not answering all the questions we may have, I must admit that I have come to und Another book on Prayer 10 October This is the second Phillip Yancey book that I have read and I must admit that I found his style to be very confronting. While not answering all the questions we may have, I must admit that I have come to understand the topic much better since finishing this book. What I can share that I have learned is that what prayer is is the way that we maintain a strong relationship with the Lord God our creator.
God wants to have a relationship with us and it is through prayer, personal and intimate prayer as opposed to ritualistic prayer though such prayer does have its place that our relationship can grow and flourish. However, he also explores what prayer isn't, and the one thing that it isn't is some magical spell or ritual that we use to make things go our way, it doesn't, and if that is what we expect of prayer then we will be sorely disappointed.
Jan 28, Daniel rated it liked it Recommends it for: Yancey fans, people needing a book to journey with them as they think about prayer. Shelves: spiritual-formation-and-discipleshi. Yancey always delivers a solid book, he writes from his heart, thoughtfully and has a way with words shifts the readers' perspective just enough to get new insight on a topic. So why the lower rating?
I believe that Yancey retreads much ground that has already been tread. Maybe it reflects my current thoughts on prayer, but I'm currently drawn to books that exhort and get me to ask a lot of God. A book that Yancey always delivers a solid book, he writes from his heart, thoughtfully and has a way with words shifts the readers' perspective just enough to get new insight on a topic.
A book that reminds me to pray even though it's hard sometimes isn't exactly what is striking to me. Anyway, when it's all said and done, people who are struggling with the concept of Prayer and are looking for an Author who will journey with them as they think about prayer and people who love Yancey will definitely be served and appreciate this book.
View all 4 comments. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's about "keeping company with God. Especially when we're scared, lost, or troubled. Prayer answers our universal need for staying in touch with the Divine. We pray when we have failures, regrets, complaints, or have a need for repentance and forgiveness. We pray when we have struggles with our health, when we are in pain, or when we lose someone we love or someo I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's about "keeping company with God.
We pray when we have struggles with our health, when we are in pain, or when we lose someone we love or someone who is important to us. We pray for answers to things we don't understand, we pray for guidance and acceptance.
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We pray when we are thankful and blessed. We pray when we are in awe of the power of the universe. Simply put, prayer is a mechanism that gives us peace, prayer is our opportunity to come into the Creator's presence, it is our opportunity to declare our acceptance and dependence on God. Apr 03, Jennifer Zartman rated it really liked it. I like to read Philip Yancey's books because he tackles hard questions and, as far as I can tell, comes to the aching void with an open heart and mind, seeking God's answers.
Through prayer we approach the throne of the almighty God, so we should expect to have questions and to sometimes find the answers shrouded in mystery. Yancey doesn't claim complete enlightenment; he encourages us, as a fellow seeker, in the journey to find the answers ourselves. After reading it I took heart to pray boldly I like to read Philip Yancey's books because he tackles hard questions and, as far as I can tell, comes to the aching void with an open heart and mind, seeking God's answers. After reading it I took heart to pray boldly, even to argue with God, and yet the book also reminded me that sometimes the desired answers don't come.
Some of the stories discouraged me and caused me to stop and wait on God for the answers, but even so I recommend the book, for God blesses the pondering of such things. Apr 04, Keith rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , religion. Prayer is a very typically Yancey book, honest and introspective. Yancey doesn't shy away from the hard questions about prayer or try to gloss over them with trite answers.
He holds his mantle of champion of the doubting high here, and does not disappoint in his thoughtful and compassionate responses to those doubts. The most important thing that I can Prayer is a very typically Yancey book, honest and introspective. The most important thing that I can say about this book is that as I read it I found myself wanting to pray a lot more than I usually do, and for that I am grateful.
I can't say that about very many books, and I have read a fair amount of them about prayer and the devotional life. View 2 comments.
Dec 21, Anna Chviedaruk rated it it was amazing. This book appeared to be such a deep and thorough investigation on prayer. The author himself takes a journey and time to dig deep in this topic, discussing it with catholic, orthodox, protestant priests and referring to the ancient writers and thinkers which really helps to get a whole lot of different and useful perspectives.
The author also gets into the investigation of the biblical texts and behaviors of its characters to get more information on prayer. I think this book has helped me to li This book appeared to be such a deep and thorough investigation on prayer. I think this book has helped me to liberate my prayers, to make my prayer life more rich, free and satisfying, thus opening doors for God to do His work in me and around me in ways unheard of before. Mar 16, Marie rated it really liked it. Finally I finished this one!
I liked it but it was not an easy read.
Once again Yancey is completely thorough; this time though I think he was too thorough. I dog-eared a bunch of pages to quote but now all I think I really need to say is that I learned a lot about prayer, that it is a conversation with God.
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Yancey writes, "I learn I cannot "fix" the people I am praying for. I cannot get everything I want in the time frame I want. I must slow down and wait. There's also a prayer book resource at the end of this book. View all 3 comments. This one took me more time than usual to finish. It is absolutely filled with thought-provoking questions and stories, as well as Yancey's own insights into this idea of prayer and if it matters. I felt challenged to step back and consider my prayer life.
In the end, I felt comforted by the fact that we pray to a God who loves us, a Father who wants a relationship with us. There's not really a wrong way to go about praying, and yes, I believe it does make a difference. This book was exactly what I needed right now. A clear, honest look at prayer. How it "works" sometimes, but doesn't most of the time. Because the goal is not to use prayer as a magic wand but to build a relationship with God. A deeply mysterious relationship with God at that. I'll be reading this one again, immediately.
Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey, Chapter 2
Nice looks at Paul and Peter's miracles and their unanswered prayers. Also some thoughts on the unanswered prayers of Jesus. Jun 07, Stephanie rated it really liked it. I loved how Yancey systematically tackles questions about prayer in the matter of an objective journalist - presenting evidence, exposing apparent inconsistencies or problems, highlighting the experience of other Christians, reaching tentative conclusions, but then, in the end, acknowledging that much of this is a mystery.
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People may differ on technique, frequency, perceived impact, but in the end, no matter how difficult we make it, prayer is a simple concept: "keeping company with God. Jul 22, Karol rated it it was amazing Shelves: borrowed-library , read-in , christian-viewpoint , owned , favorites. I think this book has already had a significant impact on my life, as I've thought about my conversations with God. I highly recommend to anyone who has questions about prayer. The author looks at why we should pray, even when God doesn't answer.
Or doesn't answer in the way we would hope. Apr 18, Dennis rated it it was amazing. Read it through slowly the first time. Wanted to absorb as much as possible. Now reading it again. Adding even more highlights. Yancey is relatable. You feel like he's walked in your shoes. Superb book and author. Dec 30, Brian rated it really liked it. I picked this up when it first came out and it just never clicked for me for some reason, though I have always loved Yancey.
I picked up again recently and it just vibed with me this time. I am reading a bit each day on the subway and I am finding it really enriching to my soul. Sep 02, Paul rated it it was ok. Loved his other stuff, couldn't get into this one. Jun 17, Malbadeen rated it really liked it Shelves: religionish. After reading this book I had more questions - I loved it!
First half was a struggle to get through. Second part was better. Perhaps a few sections could have been removed. Sometimes felt like there was a word count to be hit.