Praying for Your Elephant: Boldly Approaching Jesus with Radical and Audacious Prayers  -     By: Adam Stadtmiller
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Praying for Your Elephant: Boldly Approaching Jesus with Radical and Audacious Prayers

David C. Cook / 2014 / Paperback

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When Stadtmiller saw an advertisement saying that an elephant could be hired for an outreach event for a huge fee, he asked God to make it happen---for free! Showing how to identify your own "impossible" prayer requests, he helps you break through self-imposed boundaries, partner with God in his answers, and more. Includes a 6-week small-group resource. 240 pages, softcover from Cook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781411459
ISBN-13: 9780781411455

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Get ready to re-ignite, re-imagine, and repurpose your prayer life while experiencing great intimacy with God. This is an invitation to identify your elephants—to name, through specific and strategic prayers, the 100 most important and audacious petitions you can imagine. These are the elephants that—if answered by God—would be game changers in your life and perhaps the world. 

Author Bio

Adam Stadtmiller is lead pastor at one of the San Diego's most historic churches, La Jolla Christian Fellowship. A regular contributor to Christianity Today's Leadership Journal, he is also the author of Give Your Kids the Keys and Discover Your Kid's Spiritual Gifts. Adam lives in Carlsbad, California, with his wife and two daughters. 

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  1. Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A terrific book on prayer
    May 11, 2015
    Magic Bus
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I read "Praying For Your Elephant" cover to cover- literally one of the best books I have ever read on the subject of prayer. The author examines of the many Biblical reasons why we should pray- spot on- with insights about prayer I had not read about before. But then he goes much further- using personal stories, struggles, and honesty- Stadtmiller passionately MOTIVATES the reader to actually pray. I went to the dollar store yesterday and bought some plastic elephants to place in my office and study- to remind me to pray for those 100 beginning needs listed on my prayer list. I read constantly, this book I have referred many to already. A+
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Elephant Prayers- have you prayed one?
    January 28, 2015
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Would you ever consider praying for an elephant?

    (The real, tusk and wrinkle kind?)

    That sounds like a joke deserving a punchline... "I would, if I knew about an elephant who was sick."

    Adam Stadtmiller once prayed for an elephant. Many months later and many miles away, Adam got his elephant. The gift came in unexpected packaging, long after he had forgotten that he even asked for it.

    And it had "With Love, From God" written all over it.

    Now what if you thought about your big, bold prayers as elephants.

    Elephant Prayers- Something so crazy that only God could do it, and so dear to you that you're afraid to ask for it?

    I love seeing how God answers prayers. It's one of the most beautiful things to contemplate- how despite all logic, despite the appearance of a situation, despite our fears and to the shock of all naysayers- God puts people and places and things together in a pattern of blessing and goodness.

    God's heart never ignores the voice of His children. That is for sure.

    Yet... books on prayer often leave me edgy.

    I'm so afraid that we will come away believing that God-answering-prayers means "God delivering requests."

    And I'm not talking about selfish demands either, I'm talking about real cries.

    People prayed for my Grandmother's cancer for two years. They "declared" her healing.

    She passed away, peacefully, in a hospice bed. Her death was not what any of us wanted.

    On one hand, it was the worst thing that could happen. On the other, it was the best gift she ever gave me- I watched her depart this world for the presence of God.

    He answered our prayers with His kindness- we could all feel it in the room.

    But it wasn't the gift we had thought we wanted.

    So, for me, a book on prayer has to be very special.

    It has to hold the tension between God's big, blessing love- ask your Father for anything- and His promise that even when life is unexpected and the resolutions are unwanted- His presence is our gift.

    I really liked this book.

    There's a section where Adam says that feelings of guilt should never stifle our prayers- excellent point.

    Once we belong to Jesus, we get to pray boldly no matter how messy we are.

    In one chapter, Adam describes how he always prayed with his wife as they drove a certain piece of highway, and how now that highway is a part of his spiritual territory. When he's driving there, praying comes too.

    Then he suggests that we all stake a claim on a praying place of our own.

    When I think about it, I have a place or two like that.

    In another spot, he described prayer as evangelism- and he's not talking about shouting for repentance on a street corners. He has a friend he runs with, who wasn't yet a Christian. Adam would talk about things he was praying for, and then he'd share how God answered the prayers. The friend got curious. He started asking Adam to pray for him. Then he wanted to know this God who draws near and answers prayers.

    This made me want to be an Asking Prayer Person for my own people.

    Best of all, I liked Adam's wisdom about Dream Elephants.

    Dreams are the most delicate, dangerous elephants of all. We have them in our hearts.

    We want to ask for them in our lives.

    The question is... do we realize that we already have the most wondrous Dream of all?

    God become Man, dead for our sins, Alive for all time, here with us in everything.

    When that is our greatest Dream, then all the others that we cherish can be prayed for, hoped for, and appropriately appreciated.

    I'm grateful to David C Cook for my review copy. Thank you!!!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great title for the book
    January 5, 2015
    Ed
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It is really a great written book it holds your attention and has some really good points
  4. Greensboro, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Ask God for Big Things
    October 30, 2014
    Eva Scott
    Greensboro, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book starts off talking about why you need to ask God for big things, things you dream about, (what he calls throughout the book your elephants).

    Don't stop after the first chapter!

    The book talks about what happens when your dreams don't come at all, if they come differently than you expect, and when they come exactly like you wish.

    The author tells you stories from his life and from others as well in their experiences with prayer.

    This book is an excellent book on prayer and will enrich your prayer life if you try the things the author recommends and read through the Scriptures he mentions and, most importantly, pray!

    The book includes a study guide in the back so you can use it in a group study or for yourself.
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