Monday, May 21, 2012

Praying With the Grain: How Your Personality Affects the Way You Pray by Dr. Pablo Martinez

Here is my review of this amazing book on prayer:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dr. Pablo Martinez and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Praying With the Grain: How Your Personality Affects the Way You Pray" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Dr. Pablo Martinez has penned a valuable evaluation tool titled “Praying With The Grain: How Your Personality Affects The Way You Pray”. Out of curiosity, after reading a chapter or two, I was intrigued enough to go online and search out free Personality Type and Temperament quizzes, which I took and evaluated so that I could better “plug myself into” what the author was presenting.

I would have enjoyed this book more thoroughly if it contained evaluation tools to discover your own personality. That component may have made it a somewhat less dry read. Still, after seeking out the tools myself and discovering my type and temperament, I was more intrigued by the analysis presented by the author. But one thing I did discover is that, regardless of our type, temperament and tendency, God can do ANYTHING – including change up our prayer lives.

When I first opened the pages of this book, I would have leaned toward the idea that we use results of quizzes about ourselves as crutches and excuses for poor behavior. But after putting forth a bit of effort and engaging God in prayer and watching Him work, I can say that I am glad I became aware of my tendencies so that I could work with the Lord to address the traits that needed changing.

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