A Praying Life is an honest look at the difficulties of prayer, unanswered prayers, and successes in prayer. Readers will appreciate Paul Miller's down-to-earth approach and practical naturePublishers Description
Author Paul Miller shares his insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer--even poorly delivered--to fill the gaps with meaning and substance.
Miller's down-to-earth approach and practical nature will help you see that your relationship with God can grow and your communication with Him can get better.
Parents will find Miller's family-life experiences especially helpful.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2009
Publisher Nav Press
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|Just what I've been looking for Nov 15, 2009|
|I've read many books on prayer, but most of them are how-to books, and they never work for me. This book on prayer was different. It's less of a how-to and more of a why book -- it explains why we would want to connect with God, and what that connection does to our lives. There's no one-size-fits-all formula here. The author shares his own personal struggles with prayer, and he sounds a lot more real to me than most writers on prayer. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to pray but can't seem to get started, or to anyone whose interest in prayer has fizzled. |
|a long waited manual for prayer Nov 3, 2009|
|It is an easy to read book as the author shows live problems with prayers, and the solutions (with sense of humor). The main reason it is easy to read is because the author is down to earth, talk about his life with an autistic child, how prayer is a big part of it.|
What should be the altitude/mentality when praying? How should we pray (besides a "mechanical" one)? How do we make prayer as a big part of our life instead of just an "addon"? How to we practice spiritual dependent on God in prayer? What exactly does it mean by "child-like"? Why is child-like important in prayer? This book covers many common problems that many Christians long have about prayers, but few would openly ask about them (as it is often embarrassing). Highly recommended!!
|Excellent book Oct 26, 2009|
|In A Praying Life (NavPress), Paul E. Miller has written an honest, down-to-earth, and extremely practical book. Right at the beginning, he identifies that the focus of the book is not prayer, but getting to know God. We have no problem communicating with someone we know and love! The tone of this book is one of encouragement. Prayer is not some ethereal concept or Olympic-level activity attainable only to professional pastors and theologians. God longs to hear the prayers of each of His children. There is no caveat of "Don't Try This At Home" attached to prayer.|
The book opens with the section Learning to Pray Like a Child. This may be one of the most crucial aspects we need to learn and re-learn. I love how he says,
"Jesus does not say, 'Come to me, all you who have learned how to concentrate in prayer, whose minds no longer wander, and I will give you rest.' No, Jesus opens his arms to his needy children and says, 'Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest' (Matthew 11:38, NASB). The criteria for coming to Jesus is weariness. Come overwhelmed with life. Come with your wandering mind. Come messy." (pp. 51-52)
He wants us as we are.
The book's subsequent sessions are Learning to Trust Again, Learning to Ask Your Father, Living in Your Father's Story, and Learning to Pray in Real Life. Illustrations from the life of his own family, including transparent sharing of difficult lessons he's learned, are scattered throughout and make this an authentic book rather than a dry theological tome. While I think most of the time we need to quit reading books ABOUT prayer and just pray, I recommend this book!
|A Book on Prayer for Everyone Oct 13, 2009|
|As soon as I saw it online, I knew I had to read Paul E. Miller's book, A Praying Life: Connecting With God in a Distracting World. |
I've read a lot of books on prayer; it's a passion of mine, and I found his approach unique, particularly his linking of childlikeness with prayer. His personal illustrations, particularly those relating to his and his wife's journey with an autistic daughter, really connected with this father's heart. And, unlike many books that can tend to produce more guilt than prayer, Miller's approach aptly identifies an attitude of helplessness as key to effective praying.
Not many books are as appropriate for someone who's not praying regularly as for someone who's praying constantly. A Praying Life is that book.
|Really not what I expected! Sep 20, 2009|
|When I started reading this book, I was a little disillusioned by the beginning and didn't want to continue on. But, I pressed on anyways--I'm really glad I did. I did not expect Paul Miller to take the stance that he did with Prayer. I expected him to talk about why we forget to pray, why we get distracted, etc. I was surprised to say that we pray wrong--and that made me want to put the book down. I don't think prayer is about right or wrong, but I can see how it would be possible to say that and for it to be true. The Word says that if we ask but -- "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures" (James 4:3).|
One thing that I especially appreciated that the author explains in depth is why we ask in Jesus' name when we pray. It was a good reminded, because I had forgotten why. "And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it" (John 14:13-14).
The biggest surprise for me was how much he talked about cynicism--in a very different way than I expected. I think his observations are correct and it is a huge issue in our culture. Seeing through Cynicism by Dick Keyes is a great book--but it addresses how cynicism affects our whole lives--whereas this book addresses specifically how cynicism affects our prayers.
I highly recommend this book--whether for a young believer or someone who has been walking with the Lord for a long time. This book is a great encouragement!
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