I read it and every time I read it again, it just gets better. I bought 10 more to share with friends. It really helps us grow to pray HIS way and ask HIM for help and really listen for HIS nudges on what to do next. I see more miracles and treasures in my path. Everyone I gave the book to has changed for the better. Some of them had a hard time retaining what they read. They ask HIM for help and answered prayer is happening more and more. I highly recommend this delightful book. It changed my thinking and flooded my life with so much joy.
Seven Secrets to Power Praying by Jane Glenchur is a guide to improving, increasing or starting your prayer life. It is an easy to read guide which manages not to read preachy. She pulls from her own experiences in life as she tells the Keys to praying (petition, passion, presence, preparedness, and perseverance). She then expands to the 7 secrets: Say yes first, Give God your password, Tap into God's heart, Toss the pros and cons list, know when to give up, Open locked doors, Employ the power of testimonies. She then describes how the reader can further expand their relationship with God further including increasing your daily Bible reading, deepening your prayers, and tightening your own time management skills.
This book is written in a way which speaks to the reader as if they are carrying on a conversation with the author. This author really speaks to me the reader in a friendly way and makes the reader really see that increasing their own prayer life is a no brainer improvement into anyone's life. She points out how those of us with tight schedules can easily find time to place prayer into our daily life and how that very act can increase our time to do other things. All of us have wasted time in our schedules which we spend doing things not nearly as valuable to our eternity as prayer. God is happy to and just waiting for us to ask for blessings for which we are not asking. This book spoke to me and I do not easily say those words. I have read many books which are "good for me" but this book forced me to look as my life and desire to change it.
This book was provided by Chosen which is a division of Baker Publishing Group for this review.
Do you engage with God during your prayer time? Glenchur wants you to learn to partner with God, establishing an intimate relationship with God.
Glenchur shares her adventure with prayer, beginning with a stain in the carpet and asking God which stain remover was the best to buy. She was reminded that there are no restrictions in Scripture. We are to take all our cares to Him.
The book is divided into three parts. In the first part, Glenchur encourages us to rethink our limited concept of prayer. She has great teaching on learning to hear God's voice.
In the second part, she explores the seven secrets to unleash the power of prayer. The first secret has to do with being obedient to God's will. The second involves allowing God to change our hearts and minds. Another is finding out what is on God's heart. Another is about laying down the need to have every decision make sense. The rest of the secrets are also spiritually insightful.
In the last section we are taught the tools to put the seven power secrets into action, learning to ascertain God's will accurately so we can pray confidently. She has very practical suggestions for starting our days hearing from God. (It takes time and practice.)
This is an encouraging and insightful book. I loved her stories. They were short and perfectly illustrated her points.
Glenchur reminds us that establishing this relationship with God is a process that takes time and practice. If you want God to be an active part of your life and decisions, this book will certainly help you on your way.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Transformational- it will change the way you pray!
March 5, 2014
Baker City, OR
I did not expect to love this book or to find it engaging, challenging and transformational- but it was all of those things. For no apparent reason my sights were set too low- I simply expected to learn to pray more powerfully and effectively_and I thought the learning would be tedious. If that's also your presupposition when it comes to books on prayer, then perhaps you've finally found the right book as well.
One of the best things about this book is that author Jane Glenchur is incredibly real, personable, and slightly crazy- and I mean crazy in the best possible way- passionate and sold-out in her faith. She relates her seven secrets of power praying through numerous stories that reveal the depth of her faith and an indefatigable commitment to seeking God in every situation. Her writing is organized, practical, encouraging and amiable. I spent a lot of time highlighting, taking notes, and discussing with others what I learned throughout this book, but I'll mention just a few of the great insights I picked up. These include: giving God permission to change our heart about something, learning to take down the "logic" filter that sets limits on our prayers and how we expect God to answer them (if that doesn't sound very appealing to you, think of it this way, "Lean not on your own understanding_") and how to listen with anticipation and expectation.
The first day I tried to "power pray" through every decision or situation, I found that it was absolutely exhausting. This kind of prayer takes practice and in a lot of ways it's like a work out- its something you've got to build up to. However, after several days I realized it wasn't so tiring and that it was getting easier to think to myself, "I'll pray about this and wait to hear from God before I make a decision" or something along those lines.
"Seven Secrets to Power Praying" is sure to bring out the skepticism of some readers- yes, the author prays about things like which stain remover to buy and seeks God's direction for many things that most of us would just decide on instantly without thinking twice- let alone asking God about first. But I was challenged and sometimes convicted by this, because while it initially appears silly to seek God about really small things, it became apparent to me that what Jane Glenchur does is attempt to truly honor God in every single thing, great or small. And that's not silly- its admirable.
Ultimately, this book is incredibly challenging: if we want greater faith we've got to start believing God for the Ã¢â¬Ëlittle' things we don't even think to consult Him about and that will equip us to step out in faith and believe God for the impossible.
I would recommend this book to anyone and I know I'll be referring back to it often.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Chosen Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.