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Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight

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J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom show how prayer is an essential, expected practice as a follower of Christ, but also a privilege and joy. With wisdom, humility and sincerity the authors lead us through different moods of praying, including brooding, praising, asking, complaining and hanging on. Their personal stories offer hope and encouragement to those who pray.

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Leeston Church
Merit Award, 2007 World Guild Christian Living Book Praying is an action. Praying is an action that is of the essence of Christian existence. It involves our beliefs, emotions, values, hopes and fears, certainties and uncertainties, knowledge and ignorance. As J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom explain, this book "is a heart-to-heart affair, in which two Christians who try to pray and wish they prayed better share thoughts about what they are doing with people whom they envisage as being like them ...more
Reid
Aug 23, 2009 Reid rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone interested in developing their prayer life
J.I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom present a thorough and well-thought out treatise about the subject of prayer. It challenges, encourages me to think of the "God we pray to", meditation, praising, reflection, and other forms.

This books is so deep, it took me a couple of years to finish. Packer thinks, writes in paragraphs, not phrases or soundbites. He develops his thoughts in a linear way, writing in a logical fashion. Because his thinking seems to be so well thought-out, it makes me want to re-r
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Bonnie Haidle
Ways to encourage and inspire prayer. The authors are honest with their own struggles. "We began this book in hope of helping Christians who want and try to pray, but who feel that their praying is somehow stuck and that they need some form of jump-start." Also included is a dynamite definition of pride: "The human heart is in the grip of a pernicious anti-God allergy, an inner drive toward self-centered self-assertion at all times, a chameleon instinct for practical self-deification that the Bi ...more
Prayer Current
"Tell me what a man's prayers are, and I wil soon tell you the state of his soul. Prayer is the spiritual pulse. By this the spiritual health may be tested...Oh let us keep an eye upon our private devotions." Bishop Ryle makes us uncomfortable and rightly so.

This book encourages us to take a journey in prayer like an invitation for a good hike up a difficult mountain. What does it mean to have heart-felt, meaningful, enriching realism in our prayer life? Befriend this book like a spiritual ment
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viktor palenyy
I was under the impression that Packer wrote this book, as it turned out her was scarcely there. Apart from a few and far in between instances and a few allusions and anecdotes Packers seems to be absent from the books as a whole, which is really disappointing because I really enjoy his writing.
Sally
Great, thoughtful consideration of prayer in its many forms. I especially appreciated the chapter on crying out to God, since I seem to do that often! The section on praying corporately and prayer's place in the body was very helpful.
Audrey
An amazing book! .. leading me to dialogue with God "with my whole heart," delighting in him and experiencing him as my wonderful loving heavenly Father and my glorious Savior, Master and King.
David
An excellent book for looking at the heart of the praying life. Packe and Nystrom provide a deep and Biblical encouragement to beging once again to delight in a life of prayer.
Tracy
Nov 12, 2008 Tracy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Oh, I'm so excited! I was given this book as a gift by a dear friend but then lost track of it during the move.
Keith
A good overall book on prayer and its various forms and purposes
Ryan
One of the best books I've read on prayer!
Dustin
One of the most confusing books I've ever read.
Heidi
Wonderful encouragement to pray.
Nic
A much-needed help for a thirsty soul.
Steve Hemmeke
Solid, but not too accessible
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What do J. I. Packer, Billy Graham and Richard John Neuhaus have in common? Each was recently named by TIME magazine as among the 25 most influential evangelicals in America.

Dr. Packer, the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College, was hailed by TIME as “a doctrinal Solomon” among Protestants. “Mediating debates on everything from a particular Bible translation to the acceptabi
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