I have learned that God not only "listens" to our prayers but "speaks" to us in response, to encourage us, and to direct our lives. Dr. Stanley's book is a wonderful, clarifying text to help us "listen" to our Lord!
Your prayers AREN'T just bouncing off the ceiling!
November 11, 2012
So often our prayers can seem like one-sided conversation, a constant list of demands sent up to heaven with desperate appeal. In his book, The Ultimate Conversation, Dr. Stanley shows us that prayer is so much more, that it is an actual conversation with give and take, with us not only talking to God, but listening to him as well. The book is highly readable, well-laid out, and absolutely packed with truth based on scripture. I appreciated the chapter on "How God Uses Silence", and learning about God's purpose for silence, such as to get our attention, reveal our sin, or train us to hear his voice. I also loved the chapter entitled "Talking to God on Behalf of Others", a truly moving chapter that addresses those things we may spend years praying about, such as for someone's salvation or healing. I truly believe that there is nothing more important we can do then spend time praying on behalf of others, starting with our spouses, our children, those closest to us, and moving on to praying for the lost and the hurting in this world. I love how the author teaches us to pray for others "without getting in the way of what God desires to do in and through them", with a goal of true intimacy with our Creator.
I have learned much from Dr. Stanley's book, and also been challenged in my own prayer walk. I strongly recommend this well-written book about prayer, a book that will leave you craving more time spent on your knees with our amazing God. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Howard books, for the purposes of this unbiased review
I was not disappointed, it's like he has that direct line to the Holy Father. This book is a good platform to set your Christain life to. It's full of Godly wisdom and real life time stories. It's an awesome book to pass on to family, friends or that person that's looking to get closer to God.
I have been a faithful reader/listener of Dr. Stanley's ministry for many years...and I have learned a LOT from his teaching! He is grounded in scripture, his books are easy to read, yet very deep...I've read books on prayer before...so when this one came out, I had to have a copy. I would read it with your Bible close at hand. He explains prayer so well and how we are to relate to the Lord, and His response(s) to our prayers...a book I would highly recommend!