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Mystically Wired: Exploring New Landscapes in Prayer

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Prayer is one of the most important practices of Christian life, but also one of the most difficult. Ken Wilson thinks it doesn't have to be that way. In Mystically Wired he shares insights in faith and science to show you how you and your brain are designed to communicate with God. You'll discover practical and inspiring ways to go deeper in prayer and open your eyes to God's presence wherever you are.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 0849920019
ISBN-13: 9780849920011
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Publisher's Description

We are designed to make connections to God through prayer in more ways than we can imagine.

Prayer can be so much more than a simple conversation. It can be a wordless connection with God, a step beyond the boundary of the separated self. It can be a way to listen to the silence. And it can be learned. We can learn how to pray in ways we never thought possible. It doesn't take more effort; it takes more understanding.

Wilson's book shows how the brain is designed by God

  • To calm itself
  • To relax into love
  • To become increasingly aware of how connected everything is in God
  • To experience a deeper intimacy with our creator

Prayer is something that our brains want to do with a little help. Ken Wilson tells us how.

Praise for Mystically Wired

"Smart, savvy, candid, credible, unafraid, self-effacing, and shot through with passionate love of Jesus . . . yes, hands down, this is the best book on prayer that I have ever read.

- Phyllis Tickle

Compiler, The Words

of Jesus: A Gospel of the

Sayings of Our Lord


"I confess, I don't normally like books on prayer, but Mystically Wired is a big exception. While this book is incredibly practical, I was routinely blown away by the intuitive genius of Ken's view and application of prayer. Page after page, thinking I knew what was next, I was surprised with fresh insight and unique perspectives on connecting with God. Being an evangelist, I was excited to realize I could also send this to spiritual friends who don't follow Jesus as a way to introduce him." 

- R. York Moore

National Evangelist

InterVarsity Christian

Fellowship USA


"It began the day Jesus' disciples came to him and asked, 'Lord, teach us to pray.' Ever since, Christ-followers have been wanting to learn the ways of prayer. Ken Wilson's Mystically Wired is an extraordinary contribution to that learning tradition. It's a wonderful read that leaves you feeling, 'Yes, this is for me. Yes, I can do this. Yes, it's within reach.'"

- Brian McLaren



"I wandered away from religion because religion thought it had all the answers. Pastor Ken Wilson, though, understands that life and faith are really about having the right questions. If you want to pray for favors, put this book down now. If you want the answers, the help here is only partial. But if you're looking for a wide-ranging inquiry, and a path that can bring you closer to the mystery-without the mumbo-jumbo-delve within." 

- Carl Safina

Author, Song for the Blue Ocean and The View From Lazy Point 

"Mystically Wired was a breath of fresh apologetic air for me. I pray and I experience God, and I find fixed hour prayer deeply meaningful, but this book shows that God made us to do such

things and our brain is wired to communicate with God."

- Scot McKnight

Karl A. Olsson Professor in

Religious Studies

North Park University


"In my library there are scores of books on prayer-by legends and modern guides as well. It is not easy to make a genuine contribution to this body of literature. But Ken Wilson has done so. Mystically Wired manages to bring together the best of the sciences and philosophies of mind, brain, and consciousness with deep spirituality and candid personal reflection. While it will happily fit my on my shelf, it fits best in a heart yearning to pray."

- Todd Hunter

Anglican Bishop


"Ken Wilson's new book is fascinating intellectually and engaging spiritually. Its theme is a great discussion starter with Christians and non-Christians alike!"

- Dr. Joel C. Hunter

Senior Pastor

Northland, A Church


Author Bio

Author Info

Ken Wilson is senior pastor of a Vineyard Church in Michigan. Active in national evangelical environmental initiatives, his church is noted for serving the poor and exploring contemplative prayer disciplines. Wilson also serves as online host to The Divine Hours.

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  1. MS
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is written in a very easy to understand
    May 24, 2013
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book helps you to understand how prayer works, and why it is important.
  2. Tyngsboro, MA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Prayer Handbook
    January 14, 2011
    Danielle A
    Tyngsboro, MA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    I recently read the book "Mystically Wired" by Ken Wilson and was pleasantly surprised. It's not often that you are able to find a book that takes prayer and makes it something completely approachable. Prayer is something that most people are intimidated by, so by making it approachable Wilson does something powerful for millions of people looking to get closer to God.

    Wilson breaks the book into what I think are two basic sections: how God wired us to pray and relate to him, and then how we can actually go about doing that. The way that he breaks this down is key I think - first understand how it works, then understand how to make it work. Since this is a basic approach to most things that we encounter and tackle in our daily lives, it makes coming to God in prayer a completely realistic thing for someone who may have previously been nervous, intimidated, or just avoided prayer thinking it's too hard. By demonstrating that we're all wired to pray, explaining that we're all uniquely wired, and giving several practical ways to step into the shallow end of the "prayer pool", Wilson removes the barriers that most people have to engaging with God in prayer.

    I was truly amazed by how incredibly practical this book was. There were several points at which I agreed with the author, appreciated his challenges, and felt encouraged to take simple steps to come to God in prayer. As someone who found my faith relatively recently, prayer is not always something that comes naturally to me. What Wilson does that I really appreciated was recognize that a lot of people are coming from this position of discomfort and present ways to get past and challenge those barriers. The thing that Wilson does that I found really handy was that he not only give several steps and tools with which to approach God in prayer; at the end of the book he provides an appendix of 10 steps for the reader to use as an easy reference. A month from now I won't remember every single thing that he spelled out in the book, but having an appendix certainly helps with that issue.

    Something that may turn a person off to this book is that in the first chapter or two he heavily references the mystics in his discussion of how we are wired to pray. A lot of people may be turned off by this, but I would encourage anyone deciding to read this book to be patient with Wilson as his points are incredibly relevant if you hear him out with an open mind. I personally don't have any problem with the concept of mystics and mysticism, but I understand where this may be a put-off to some.

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for practical tools and understanding when it comes to prayer. Again - I caution that some may be turned off by the first chapter or two, but I encourage anyone who gets this book to seriously get past that and hear out the author. His points are valid, they make sense, and the fact he offers simple things that we can do to become more engaged in prayer on increasingly deep levels is great. The reviews on the back of the book all basically state that this was the best book on prayer that they had ever read - and on a lot of levels I would agree. If you struggle with prayer or are just looking to explore new/deeper areas of prayer - get your hands on this book.
  3. South Africa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Nice practise, too much theory
    October 4, 2010
    South Africa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I was looking for a book to help me deepen my prayer life, so when I was given an opportunity to review this one, I jumped at it. It says "Mystically Wired is a practical guide to cooperating with your brain's inate capacities in order to experience a richer, fuller prayer life. Your brain is wired and waiting to pray in new ways, enabled by a fresh understanding of some ancient prayer disciplines."

    Sounds good, doesn't it?

    I have to admit the book didn't do a great deal for me. The second half had some useful prayer techniques; and they are summarised nicely in the annexure, which is very useful. However the first half was focused on convincing us that our brains are scientifically wired to respond to activities such as prayer in a certain way. It felt at time as if the writer was trying to convince me that prayer was "scientific" and that our religious response is in fact a physiological response to the meditative aspect.

    This is not what the writer was getting at, as he has some very real spiritual insights. But it felt a little apologetic at times, as if prayer needed to be explained.
  4. Detroit, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 6, 2010
    Kelamenter Smith
    Detroit, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Mystically Wired is more than practical, it is a life application on prayer. It gives me a sense of feeling comfortable with saying my prayers. Praying should not be a challenge to us nor should we feel intimated, we should feel privileged to be able to pray. This book is a great asset in developing a prayer life, Ken Wilson mention that our brain is already wired, we just have to activate it by making time to pray continuously. Prayer is a key essential in developing a relationship with our Heavenly Father. I would definitely recommend this book and to read it thoroughly knowing that you will benefit from reading this great book.
  5. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    July 17, 2010
    The book divides neatly into two halves: the what & the how. In the first half, Wilson lays out his argument for why our brains are designed to pray. He talks at length about what we do when we pray-what we experience, where we "go", etc. While I thought he made interesting points, the style of the book got in the way of the message. Chapters are lengthy, but broken up by headings, sometimes as many as 2 or 3 separate "sections" in as many pages. Typically I encourage that as I think it helps readers track what the author is trying to convey. However, in the context of this book it was very distracting. It made the material seem disjointed. Every time another heading appeared, I felt as if I had to make a mental switch to a new topic. My issues with this part of the book weren't with the substance of what was being said, but with the style of the book itself. It read at times like a scholarly article, yet the "voice" would quickly switch to a personal, more conversational tone, which I felt was probably Wilson's most natural voice.The second half of the book is the "application" section - the "now what?" To be candid - this section saved the book. I felt like Wilson was in his element here, providing methods for putting into practice the concepts he had introduced. I ended up using nearly 50 little post-its in this section, flagging thoughts that jumped out at me as particularly insightful - sections on the importance of meditation and how to calm the seemingly incessant internal chatter in your head.While I'd say I enjoyed the message of the book the style was a hurdle that I couldn't ever entirely overcome. {Disclosure: I reviewed this book via Booksneeze, Thomas Nelson Publishers' blogger review program. Thomas Nelson provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an objective, honest review. All opinions are my own.}
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