Learning the Language of Prayer (click me!)

So now, after all of the writing and editing and bashfully (sometimes obnoxiously) requesting that my friends and colleagues read the drafts, comes the part of book writing I dread most…promotion! The book’s self-published. It’s far from perfect. It’s mine, for heaven’s sake! These three issues alone make the act of “putting it out there” extremely awkward, and it just seems weird to suggest that random strangers should read something I wrote. So before I tell you what it’s about, I’ll simply say the one thing I really believe about this book that makes it “promotable”: this is the book I wish someone had handed to me ten years ago. I would own this book and buy a copy for everyone I know unreservedly…even if it didn’t have my name on it.

Many Christians want to have deep, fruitful prayer lives, but don’t know where to start. They have heard the message that prayer is important, that disciples of Jesus are people of prayer. What they often have not heard is what to say in prayer.

Learning the Language of Prayer draws from the practice and spirituality of the three major “streams” of Christian prayer to help the seeker understand how believers pray. The Catholic, Evangelical, and Charismatic perspectives on prayer, brought to bear on one another, have potential to enrich the prayer life of any Christian. Practical exercises and biblical examples answer the needs of those who wish to grow in their practice of prayer. Balancing practical concern with theological insight, this small book opens wide resources treasured by saints everywhere.

As a Pentecostal who has found a home in the evangelical Anglican tradition, I have learned to see the value in the resources of all three traditions. I don’t believe they stand in oppostition to each other. I believe that an integration of these three traditions’ understandings of prayer is the most fruitful work we can do in developing a prayerful intimacy with God that honors his revelation in Scripture and within his people. Much of the material in this book comes from my experience teaching the classic prayer tradition to fellow Pentecostals. Most comes from my experience of struggling with a sense of total inadequacy in prayer and finding that the Church has all of the resources I needed. All has been tested within my walk with God as a man and as a minister discipling others who want to pray. Ultimately our prayer struggle is often a struggle of individualism. Letting the larger body of Christ help us along is an integral part of the Christian life!
Buy a copy. I hope that as you read it you’ll find yourself praying as the subtitle suggests, in “intimacy with God” and “in communion with his Church”. Then buy a copy or ten for said Church. I’ve got a self-publishing bill to pay!

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