Saturday, August 4, 2012

Book Review: A Praying Life

Author: Paul Miller & David Powlison
Title: A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World
Description : It’s about prayer.  
Source: It was free on kindle. 
Writing style: Straightforward with lots of stories from the author’s family
Audience: Christians
Major ideas: Sometimes a book hits me at just the right time. I was praying, sure, and probably would never have picked this book up if it hadn’t been free. But it has actually prompted me to take some steps that I probably wouldn’t have taken on my own. 1) It convinced me that I need an accountability partner to make sure I follow through on what I intend to do and don’t just dismiss my missteps as “oops, it won’t happen again.” 2) It convicted me that instead of chewing my family out when I feel like they’ve fallen short of what I’d like them to do that I should pray—and mostly about my own attitude. 3) It reminded me that each of our lives is a narrative that God is writing. Prayer allows us to participate in that act of creation.
Wrap-up: If you want to be challenged in your prayer life, read this book. It will leave you with more than you came with. 4/5*


  1. Interesting book especially as it relates to a distracting world. I posted your blog link to a discussion forum just to inform others.


  2. Thanks, John. I suppose that one way to avoid distraction is to avoid trying to fix everyone who gets in our way.