What did you expect? Lately I've been thinking a lot about how my prayer life is so weak and so in need of help. When I saw that Timothy Keller, one ofWhat did you expect? Lately I've been thinking a lot about how my prayer life is so weak and so in need of help. When I saw that Timothy Keller, one of my favorite Christian authors, had written a book on this topic, I knew I needed to read it. Knowing Timothy Keller's amazing ability to bring scriptural truth alive and down to earth, I even wanted to read this book (you know, sometimes you have this feeling that you ought to read something but don't really want to - not so with this book). So, I was expecting this book to be helpful, practical, and highly readable.
What really happened? This book ended up changing my life. And I don't say that too often about books. Timothy Keller gets into the whys and the hows so wonderfully well. He talks about why prayer is important, what it involves, the rewards of making it a discipline in your life, and what an amazing a privilege it is. But he doesn't leave you there! He gives some very practical, boots-on-the-ground advice on how to make prayer happen in your daily life. Rather than coming up with something new and amazing, Timothy Keller takes a lot of cues from great Christians who lived long ago, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, and many others.
I really appreciated Keller's encouragement to use the scriptures as our inspiration for prayer: praying the Word, if you will. I also benefited from his encouragement to write out prayers and be mentally organized in your praying. His chapter on meditation was probably the best I have read on the topic. There were so many helpful pieces of advise in this book!
Was it worth it? This book was so worth it. I will probably be buying a copy to have on hand for future reference and encouragement.
Would you recommend? I would recommend this book to anyone: from those who barely have a prayer life to those who are amazing prayer warriors. You will be encouraged either way....more
Why did you start this book? I think I discovered David Platt a year ago or so and I have listened to some of his sermons and have been quite impressedWhy did you start this book? I think I discovered David Platt a year ago or so and I have listened to some of his sermons and have been quite impressed with his commitment God, his passion to serve Him at any cost, and his enthusiasm for holy living. So, naturally I wanted to read his books. This is the first one I picked up and I went into it with high expectations.
Why did you finish this book? This book was finished by willpower - it does have truth in it and it is helpful and it would feel wrong to quit a book like that. I also own the copy and would feel guilty for leaving it on the shelf unfinished.
What did you like? I like how David Platt isn't afraid of the truth: he declares it openly, honestly, and humbly and doesn't sugar-coat it. And this book is full of such beautiful truth declaring.
What did you not like? Follow Me felt largely over-simplified and dumbed down. Platt utilizes a lot of overworn Christian phrases and buzzwords and glosses over the surface of things. His writing lacks elegance, maturity, and depth (he is no Timothy Keller) and maybe in time he will grow into a more palatable style. Again, I do appreciate his heart and his efforts, but this book is probably not destined to be a Christian classic.
P.S. And now I feel guilty for writing a semi-negative review of this book. I do think that David Platt is an excellent preacher and public speaker. Probably others would disagree with my assessment of his writing - but it just wasn't my cup of tea. ...more