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*** My apologies, but this giveaway had to close early due to sponsor requirements."Prayer" by Timothy Keller and I'm so glad that I did. Prayer is one of those things I struggle with, for several reasons, and Timothy Keller actually addressed them all in his book!
I don't struggle with making the time to pray, because I do that several times a day. But I do struggle with whether I'm praying the right way, whether I'm praying for the right things, and whether I'm approaching prayer with God Almighty, creator of the entire universe, correctly. Prayer can be intimidating, which is why many people may avoid the regular practice of it, at least until something horrible is happening in their lives. Timothy Keller's book "Prayer" is not a book you can read in one sitting. It's filled with tons of information that needs to be digested slowly. I took almost two weeks to read it, in short bursts, so I could mull over what he had to say.
The book is divided into five parts, Desiring Prayer, Understanding Prayer, Learning Prayer, Deepening Prayer, and Doing Prayer. Within each book part, there are several chapters, so it was easy to read just a section at a time. In his book, Keller refers often to some of the past theologians who studied prayer in depth, including St. Augustine, John Owen, John Calvin, Martin Luther, and of course, Jesus, the master of prayer.
I loved Keller's incredibly deep study of The Lord's Prayer. Since this is a prayer I say daily, it was enlightening for me to see even more clearly the intentions and implications of it. Since it is how Jesus taught us to pray, Keller shows us the emphasis is on "how" to pray, rather than "what" to pray. I know The Lord's Prayer by heart, but Keller defines knowing something "by heart" means to know WITH my heart, not just to have the ability to recall the words. He breaks down each line of The Lord's Prayer into a model that can be used to know God more intimately.
I highly recommend Timothy Keller's "Prayer." In fact, I recommend ALL his books. "Prayer" aims to help you "experience awe and intimacy with God" and Keller's biblical guidance is an excellent resource for deepening a connection with God.
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