Saturday, June 25, 2011

"Transforming Prayer" Review

Transforming Prayer:  How Everything Changes When You Seek God's Face by Daniel Henderson was sent to me as a review copy by Bethany House Publishers. It is a non-fiction book that discusses why prayer should be more than what we as Christians have made it and how we can go from an ordinary prayer life to one that is extraordinary.
The author starts with a personal testimony of how he came to see that his prayer life was far from what it should be. He spends several chapters giving thoughts on what prayer has become in the modern church and on what it really needs to be. Rather than making requests of God from a long ‘grocery’ list, the author feels prayer should be a time of communion and fellowship with God, where we worship and praise Him and seek His face.
I was personally convicted while reading this book, because I know my prayer time is not what it should be. It also reminded me of another book that I read several years ago (I can’t even remember the title of it) that showed how to pray directly from the Bible. I really enjoy doing that, and I try to do that when I can.
Most of this book is spent describing the ‘why’ instead of the ‘how,’ but if you stick with it, you will get to the ‘how’ towards the end. Chapters 14 and 15 are very helpful chapters on how to best go about changing your prayer life, as are the Appendices. There are discussion questions for each chapter at the back of the book, which would be very good to use in a small group setting.
Overall, I think this book is a great tool for those who truly want to grow and change in the area of prayer.
I will give Transforming Prayer… 4 BookWorms


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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