This isn't really a book about how to pray, but more of a book reminding you WHY you should pray. The author tells many stories from his personal life as well as stories he has learned in his role as Executive Editor of Guideposts Magazine. There were many stories that brought me to tears at seeing God's faithful response to prayer.
The author does talk about different types of prayer, such as the Lord's Prayer and how people when faced with difficult circumstances that found peace in those words. He also talked about the "No" prayer that we pray when the unthinkable has happened. He reminds us that God hears those prayers as well.
This book is a great reminder that God does hear our prayers and we don't have to wax eloquent to find God's peace and answers. This is not a how-to book, if that's what you are looking for you'll be disappointed. But if you're looking for a book where the author is transparent about his own struggles and the victories he has seen through prayer, this book will definitely encourage you.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher for review, but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
Rick encourages us by reminding us we can't fail at prayer. Trying is doing.
Rick is executive editor at Guideposts. He's talked to lots of people about prayer and shares many of their stories (and his own) here.
He has attempted to break down prayer into categories he has found most helpful. He doesn't expect us to pray the way he does. He does hope to expand out thinking about prayer.
Here are a few concepts about prayer I learned from this book. Prayer can be a way of processing history or processing news, putting it back into the hands of God. It is important for children to hear their parents pray. Include interruptions right into your prayers. Prayer is a conversation you can have all day. Concentrate on expressing gratitude for what you already have, not what you are fervently wishing for.
Here are a few quotes to give you an idea of Rick's thoughts. "If I could only pass on one piece of advice about prayer, this would be it: Pick a time and place for prayer and try to do it every day." (26) "When you're not sure what to pray or how to pray say a prayer for someone else." (48) A lesson from The Lord's Prayer: "It's as though Jesus is urging his disciples, here's what you should do when you pray: Be direct. Make it simple. Don't be long-winded. Cover all the bases. Forgive. Relinquish. Pray for others as you pray for yourself." (72)
Rick affirms that there are certainly more than ten kinds of prayers. "I believe there are as many prayers as there are people in the world," he writes. (237) Pray, he advises, and don't say you don't know how. "You were made to pray." (238)
If you like the kinds of encouraging stories that appear in Guideposts, you'll like the stories Rick tells in this book.
Questions for Reflection have been added at the end of the book so this would a good book for a prayer group discussion.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from a publicity group for the purpose of this review.