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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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Published November 1st 2007 by Oasis Audio (first published July 1st 2006)
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Oct 20, 2010 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 27, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: piety
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.
Apr 18, 2016 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took most of the year to savor and absorb this book. I believe it has had (and will continue to have) a profound effect in my life of prayer. Every page shows the mark of my pencil, as I underlined potent passages and scribbled my thoughts in the margin. For those really wanting to go deeper into their spiritual life and communication with God, this book on the praying life and discipline is indispensable. I will return to it again and re-read it as the years go by. A marvelous help to the Chr ...more
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
Mar 24, 2015 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the authors - particularly Packer, the legendary neo-Puritan - write at such a languid and unhurried pace that the first inclination of many readers might be to yawn rather than pray, this book is rich gold-mine (300+ thick pages' worth) of wise reflections on the profound (and often profoundly difficult) matter of communing with God. If you're up to the challenge of taking this on, don't try to finish it in seven weeks; rather, aim for seven years.
Josiah DeGraaf
I was really looking forward to reading this book upon beginning it: after all, it was J.I. Packer on prayer! However, I ended up finding this a fairly difficult book to get into, and while Packer and Nystrom had many true things to say about prayer, I didn't find that all of it was as helpful as they had intended it to be. There were some helpful parts in this book: the two chapters on asking in prayer, and also why it's good to even complain in prayer were both pretty helpful and had a lot of ...more
Aug 23, 2009 Reid rated it really liked it  ·  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
Oct 09, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 16, 2012 Prayer Current rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Feb 03, 2016 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful, but challenging volume on prayer. The solid theological examination of prayer and practical "methods" are intertwined to --as the title says -- help someone find a way to move from viewing and experiencing prayer as a duty to engaging in prayer as a delightful component of one's relationship with God.
vittore paleni
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.
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.
Nov 12, 2008 Tracy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tracy by: Kathy K
Shelves: inspirational
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.
A good overall book on prayer and its various forms and purposes
Nicu Sotir
Nov 26, 2015 Nicu Sotir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the the greatest books on prayer! Very well written!
Feb 04, 2012 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read on prayer!
Apr 27, 2008 Dustin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of the most confusing books I've ever read.
Jul 10, 2011 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful encouragement to pray.
Jul 24, 2008 Nic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A much-needed help for a thirsty soul.
Steve Hemmeke
Solid, but not too accessible
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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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