08 April 2011

Transforming Prayer, Book Review

Daniel Henderson points out that most of us have trouble with our prayer time and personally, I must admit he is absolutely right.
In Transforming Prayer he lists the many distractions we encounter daily such as family and job responsabilities, noise, emotional stress or as too often these days, financial difficulties. And yes, we find excuses and do not make time for praying.
After 25 years of full time pastoral ministry experience he has now inspired prayer-based revitalization in several larges churches. He also speaks to thousands each year at conference and prayer events and I was intrigued.

When we spend time in prayer God only asks that we give him our heart with all our soul and with all of our mind. Yet Christians pray from a "grocery list" as Daniel Henderson puts it.

In Transforming Prayer the author shares the difficulties he himself faced as he sought out what he describes as God's face, not his hand. As he overcame these problems he also realized how much he could share with those of us who are still struggling.
Daniel Henderson lays out a practical way to seek out God and truly transform prayer time so that we may overcome all the barriers we put in the way of enjoying a profound spiritual fulfillment.
Using praise, scriptures and actual quotes of very special people such as St Agustine, the Apostle Paul or W. Bingham Hunter to name a few, he gives us a step by step guide which cannot but transform our heart as well as our prayers.
Here is a direct quote:
All true prayer
Exists for the glory of God,
And is
Based in the worship of God,
Focused on the face of God,
Shaped by the Word of God,
Inspired by the Spirit of God
Offered through the Son of God
Aimed for the Will of God
Experienced by true children of God.

Well written and with an easy to follow format aimed to any individual or small groups, this is perhaps the best I have seen on the subject and a great addition to any family library.

I give it a resonning 4 1/2 stars!

I received this book free from Bethany House as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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