In The Art of Prayer, Timothy Jones honestly shares his own struggles with prayer and invites you to be honest - and hopeful - as well. Offering biblically wise, warmly instructive explorations of our questions, Jones considers how you can become fluent in the world's simplest language: talking with God.
“I often shrink from books about prayer, because they usually produce in me feelings of inadequacy. I was delighted to find Tim Jones to be a sympathetic, not intimidating, guide. He writes with humility, clarity, and practicality–exactly the qualities I want in a book on prayer.”
Revised and Expanded Edition with Study Guide Included
“Timothy Jones…guides us into a life of prayer not by cramming us with knowledge and technique, but by quietly returning us to simplicity of soul and the presence of God.”
Something within us wants to grow closer to the God who loves to relate to us. But we often hesitate. Even though we have a desire to pray, questions nag us:
Can I pray when I feel distant from God?
Is it okay to ask God for help in “little” things?
What do I do when I don’t know what to say?
What sense can I make of seemingly unanswered prayer?
How do I keep growing closer to God?
In The Art of Prayer, Timothy Jones honestly shares his own struggles with prayer and invites you to be honest–and hopeful–as well. Offering biblically wise, warmly instructive explorations of our questions, Jones considers how you can become fluent in the world’s simplest language: talking with God.
Includes a full-length inductive Bible study guide on prayer, ideal for small groups or individual readers.
“…wisely human, spiritually practical, and wonderfully interesting.”
– the late Lewis Smedes, author of My God and I
“…luminous prose and…lucid insights.”
Timothy Jones leads a campus ministry at Middle Tennessee State University and is an associate pastor at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of several noted books on the spiritual life, including Awake My Soul, A Place for God, Nurturing a Childs Soul, and the bestselling Celebration of Angels. With pollster George Gallup, Jr., he coauthored The Next American Spirituality. He lives in the Nashville area with his wife and children.
Jones (The Next American Spirituality), a campus minister and associate pastor
in Tennessee, opines that many people want to talk to God but don't know how;
he sets out to direct our efforts and reassure us that small steps add up.
Jones employs a polished style to guide the reader with a nudge rather than a
shove, emphasizing the practical over the theoretical. The work does not
neglect Scripture-in the nine-page first chapter alone, Jones cites
Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, the Psalms and Matthew-but it focuses on telling us how
to believe, not why. As it moves through ways to approach God, what we should
say in prayer and how we can improve at it, the book provides many
illuminating quotes from noteworthy Christians. Sharp observations keep
things moving (on unanswered prayer: "The most difficult part is not the
denial as much as the fear that we have been ignored"). A study guide with
in-depth questions for each chapter adds to the manual's usefulness. Readers'
responses will depend in large part on their acceptance of Jones's frequent
references to his own experiences; for example, we hear about his meditation,
jogging, family and career. Nevertheless, the encouraging tone and
down-to-earth suggestions may prove useful to those who seek a better way to
talk to God. (May 17) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
The Art of Prayer
“I cannot commend The Art of Prayer too highly. Here at last is a book on prayer that transcends traditions. Timothy Jones has given us a book that is deep, yet accessible; serious, yet with wonderful flashes of humor and insight. This is a book for spiritual pygmies who long to be giants–in short, a book for all of us.”
–Lord Carey, the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury
“I often shrink from books about prayer because they usually produce in me feelings of inadequacy. I was delighted to find Tim Jones to be a sympathetic, not intimidating, guide. He writes with humility, clarity, and practicality–exactly the qualities I want in a book on prayer.”
–Philip Yancey, author of Soul Survivor
“[A] fine introduction to prayer as well as a deeply reflective meditation.… [This book] will appeal to a broad readership because of Jones’s luminous prose and his lucid insights.”
–Publishers Weekly“Prayer, the expression of our deepest and most essential selves, also names our most pervasive inadequacy. And so we need guides, men and women who return us to our true selves and encourage us to do what is most natural to us. Timothy Jones is a reassuring guide: He guides us into a life of prayer not by cramming us with knowledge and technique but by quietly returning us to simplicity of soul and the presence of God.”
–Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message
“A wisely human, spiritually practical, and wonderfully interesting book about the most important project of my life: deeper friendship and more effective communication with the Maker of the Universe. If it proves half as helpful to others as it has already been to me, it will have been a splendid gift to us all.”
–the late Lewis Smedes, author of Forgive and Forget
“Many Americans, surveys reveal, are eager to have an encounter with the living God, yet they too often feel sidetracked by concern over such questions as Is God really approachable? and What do I say when I pray? Tim Jones addresses such concerns with clarity and freshness, enabling readers to come closer to realizing their heartfelt desire to hear and serve God.”
–George Gallup Jr.
“Jones provides reassurance and inspiration on a topic of importance to a growing number of readers.”