Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Book Review Wednesday by Belle

The Praying Life
By Paul Miller

Review by Belle

Earlier this year my mum bought A Praying Life by Paul Miller and passed it on to me to read first. That was months ago and it’s high time I returned it to her, particularly because I’ve been urging her to read it ever since I finished. It’s hard to let go of this book, though! It’s a book that needs to be studied rather than speedily read, and it’s also a book that could be read a hundred times over without it losing its freshness or ability to convict. I’m a little bit in love with it.

All aspects of prayer are covered in A Praying Life, including the reasons we don’t do it (cynicism is one, according to Miller), the reasons we should (including seeing God's story unfolding in our lives), and different ways to help with getting around to it (prayer cards and journaling are two of his tips). However the book is much deeper than this simplistic summary implies, so if nothing in there inspired you to read it, please ignore this whole paragraph (hopefully the next will be better). Miller is someone who has struggled with prayer, so his tone throughout the book is understanding rather than bossy and by the end you feel motivated to pray rather than lectured and hopeless.

A Praying Life should be compulsory reading for all Christians (along with The Contemplative Pastor by Eugene Peterson). God has used this book to completely transform my prayer life, and that is a very good thing.

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Ben McLaughlin said...

I will have to check this one out Belle- sounds like it'd be really beneficial.

ALaird said...

OK I'm really going to have to get it now. Another friend has been raving about this book to me all year. One idea he shared with me from it has already been so helpful for my prayers

Anonymous said...

Yay, I'm glad your friend agrees! It's $12.19 on at the moment and possibly cheaper on Amazon, though I can't be bothered finding out about shipping costs. I reckon any money spent on this book is a pretty good investment. :o)