When We Say Father by Adrian & Steve Rogers

When We Say FatherThe Lord’s Prayer is the most well known prayer in the Bible. Often said as a bedtime prayer, at funerals, weddings, or in times of need many will recite this prayer. However, sometimes the profoundness of this prayer can be lost in rote repetition and artistic products.

Steve Rogers, along with posthumously words of Dr. Adrian Rogers, address the Lord’s Prayer in their book When We Say Father . Highlighting just what is meant and the significance of the words used, each section is explored so that the depth and power of the prayer can be understood. I found this small book to be a concise commentary on the Lord’s Prayer and it should be a good resource for those who desire to buttress their prayer life.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down by Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr.

225_350_book-2481-coverThe Lord’s Prayer is perhaps the most famous prayer in all of Christian history. It is often heard at funerals, weddings, convocations, and many more. Some use it as a guide, some as a daily prayer, and others as a prayer when they don’t know what to pray.

Dr. Albert Mohler Jr. has written an excellent book on how the Lord’s Prayer changed the way people look at God. Prior to this prayer, most people saw God as powerful, awesome, but also non-relational. He is a magnificent being but it was believed that He did not want an intimate relationship with His people.

Christ changed all that when the Lord’s Prayer was uttered. From the very beginning, Our Father, shows that God desires to fellowship with man as a father-son type relationship. Dr. Mohler shows just how powerful of an opening these two word are.

From here, Dr. Mohler expounds on the rest of the prayer and I would like to focus on “lead us not into temptation” at this point. Notice, that it does not say, “give us strength during temptation”. Instead, Dr. Mohler points out that the one praying is asking for wisdom from God to make choices that would not lead into temptation. The one praying is not saying, “God, I am going to do____________. Be with me so that it turns out great.”

On the contrary, the entire focus is on God and the accomplishment of His desire and will. The words “lead us not…” indicate a complete abandonment to our desires as God is the one leading and directing. I missed this so many times reading this prayer that I found Dr. Mohler’s insight a powerful realization of who is calling the shots.

Dr. Mohler has done an excellent work with this book and I highly recommend it.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Being a Christian by Dr. Jason K. Allen

Being a Christian coverBeing a Christian.

Many people have an idea of what a Christian should be. There is a standard of what a Christian should do and not do. However, does this line up with what the Bible teaches? Also, should a Christian’s faith affect all areas of life?

In his book, Being a Christian: How Jesus Redeems All of Life, Dr. Jason K. Allen points out that Jesus came to redeem all areas of life for His glory. Areas such as family, work, church, time, money, and others. Rather than believe that Jesus came to solely give eternal life, Dr. Allen shows that Jesus came to give abundant life in all its facets.

The area that I really enjoyed was the area of the mind. Dr. Allen points out that there has been a shift towards the emotional aspects of Christianity but that the mind should not be ignored. Rather the mind should draw one closer to Christ in the heart which is an emotional response.

I really appreciated this as I often struggle to show emotion but am an avid reader and learner. I recognized the need to take it one step further and let me mind become redeemed and connect with my heart in my relationship with Jesus.

While the material in this book is not new, per se, the style of Dr. Allen has a connectivity that others may not have. Thus, this book should be a great resource for all those who use it and perhaps use it often.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Talking with God by Adam Weber

9781601429445Prayer is not natural to many. Sometimes confusion arises on wording, where to pray, what to pray for, and how to pray when words will not come. Some take a mystical approach as if certain words or prayers are preferred by God. Is such confusion warranted?

In his book, Talking with God, Adam Weber gives some answers to these questions. Reading like a guidebook at times and an autobiography at times, Weber gives examples and thoughts on what prayer is. By so doing, the book tries to blow away the clouds of uncertainty and bring clarity to prayer.

I found this book a nice read but struggled some with the imagery used. I tend to lean towards book on prayer that are over a 100 years old. However, I do read current books on prayer for insights that I may have missed. I did not find such insights in this book. It may be a good book for those who are new to prayer but those who have been praying fervently for some time may find its content juvenile.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Praying the Psalms by Ben Patterson

978-1-4964-1598-1Praying the Psalms is a little book that draws little nuggets of encouragement from each of the Psalms. These nuggets are then used to aid on how to pray. Sometimes this means that an attribute of God is highlighted. Sometimes it is letting God know how defeated we are or emotionally void.

Throughout the book the premise is that God is near even when He feels far away. During the valleys and up on the peaks, God is there. The Psalms give tribute to this and Patterson takes these truths and highlights them for the reader to absorb into their lives.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Knowing God Through Prayer by Jim George

9780736970570_cft_220_341Prayer is something that is so vital to Christian growth and yet it can be the most difficult discipline to consistently do. Jim George understands that this can be the case and uses men and women of the Bible to give examples of how to pray.

Knowing God Through Prayer gives examples of prayers that can help Christians grow. Whether growing in humility, gratitude, worship, etc. George shows that these examples can aid Christians on how to pray.

Throughout each chapter, George draws out lessons from the Biblical character and highlights them for the reader. Then each chapter ends with a brief prayer that includes what was learned in the preceding chapter.

This book would be a nice reference for group study as well as personal study. I recommend it for anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge of prayer.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Answers to Prayer by George Muller

MullerAnswers to Prayer is a book that reads like a journal at times and like a sermon at times. It is George Muller giving an account of various prayers that were answered. It also contains how valuable Muller saw prayer and why it should be a part of every Christian.

What is a nice feature are personal reflection questions to meditate on what was read and challenge the reader on the value of consistent, fervent prayer. I found this section to aid in the really understanding what pray is and what it can do to transform the life of a Christian.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.