Sunday, September 14, 2014

Before Amen by Max Lucado

We all pray . . . some. 
 
We pray to stay sober, centered, or solvent. When the lump is deemed malignant. When the money runs out before the month does. When the marriage is falling apart. We pray. 
 
But wouldn't we like to pray . . . 
More? 
Better? 
Stronger? 
With more fire, faith, and fervency? 
 
Yet we have kids to feed, bills to pay, deadlines to meet. The calendar pounces on our good intentions like a tiger on a rabbit. And what about our checkered history with prayer? Uncertain words. Unmet expectations. Unanswered requests. 
 
We aren't the first to struggle with prayer. The first followers of Jesus needed prayer guidance too. In fact, prayer is the only tutorial they ever requested. 
 
Jesus gave them a prayer. Not a lecture on prayer. Not the doctrine of prayer. He gave them a quotable, repeatable, portable prayer. Couldn't we use the same? 
 
Join Max Lucado on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer and the power unleashed with six simple lines: 

 
Father, 
you are good. 
I need help. 
They need help. 
Thank you. 
In Jesus' name, amen. 


 
Here's my review of this amazing guide on prayer:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Max Lucado and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Before Amen" 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.

'Before Amen' by Max Lucado is heartwarming and humorous. It is instruction and encouragement. It is loaded with Scripture and stories and practical advice to transform your prayer life. This little book is a powerful gift to give someone else. Just make sure you grab a copy for yourself. And you may want to grab a box of tissues, too, because open heart surgery is about to take place.

It’s nice to know that a Pastor and teacher like Max Lucado struggles with prayer as I do. In his silky-smooth storytelling, Max breaks prayer down to its simplest form and punctuates the teaching with stories from his life and others’ that send each point home. I was thrilled to re-learn that prayer is not about me!

Initially, I was disappointed that the study guide wasn’t included in the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy). But after reading the book, I feel cleansed, refreshed, encouraged and completely blessed!

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